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20 Ideas for Christmas in Warsaw

Christmas is the most joyful and anticipated time of the whole year. In Warsaw, preparations for the holiday start at the beginning of December, when the streets and parks of the capital come to life with colourful illuminations, squares are decorated with beautiful Christmas trees, and shop windows glitter with fabulous decorations. It is a time when you can learn about local traditions, listen to beautiful Christmas carols and taste Polish holiday dishes. Discover how to best spend the holiday in Poland’s capital!

Iluminacja na Krakowskim Przedmieściu, fot. Warszawska Organizacja Turystyczna

1. See the Christmas illuminations along Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat

2. Take a selfie under the huge colourful Christmas tree on Zamkowy Square

3. Take part in Christmas laser shows at the Multimedia Fountain Park

4. Take a walk around the Old Town to feel the festive atmosphere among the beautifully decorated houses and streets

5. Go Christmas shopping at the largest outdoor market in Warsaw at Hala Mirowska

Jarmark Świąteczny na Starym Mieście, fot. Warszawska Organizacja Turystyczna

6. Find original presents at the Christmas market in the Old Town

7. Try delicious Christmas gingerbread, poppy seed cake or cheesecake in a cake shop on Nowy Świat

8. Drink warm chocolate in the legendary Wedel Chocolate Lounge in the former chocolate factory on Szpitalna Street

9. Feel like a child walking among the fairy-tale illuminations in the Royal Garden of Light in Wilanów

10. Try a warming mulled wine in a cosy bar in Saska Kępa

Barszcz czerwony z uszkami, fot. Anna Włodarczyk

11. Try traditional Christmas dishes such as beetroot borscht with uszka (tiny mushroom-filled dumplings floating in the soup), bigos or cabbage with peas in one of the Polish restaurants in the Old Town

12. Walk along the Vistula boulevards and take in the winter panorama of the Vistula and of the Praga district

13. See the special Nativity scenes in churches in the city centre

14. Attend a concert of traditional Polish Christmas carols

15. On Christmas Eve join local people at a traditional midnight mass

Lodowisko na Rynku Starego Miasta, fot. m.st. Warszawa

16. Go skating on one of the ice rinks open for everyone: on the Old Town Square, at the Palace of Culture or among the skyscrapers at Europejski Square

17. There’s lots of fun at PGE National Stadium with ice rinks, a curling track and an ice mountain

18. Ski down the slope at Górka Szczesliwicka

19. Check out the sales at Warsaw’s shopping centres

20. Visit unique Warsaw museums: at the Warsaw Uprising Museum you will learn the fate of the people of Warsaw who fought for independence in 1944, and in the Museum of Warsaw you will learn about the history of the capital through the items collected there. Remember that museums have different visiting hours during the Christmas period and are closed on certain days.

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