4 of the Best Christmas Markets in Poland to Visit This Year
Most of us think of Austria or Germany when we think about traditional Christmas markets. But just across the border in Poland, you can find many equally beautiful and less crowded markets. And, as of 2 days ago, Austria is on another lockdown due to COVID, so it looks like the markets may not open. Poland is a great alternative!
Why not come to Poland and try the special Christmas food and drinks, and unique gifts? Come explore the charm of old town streets, shop the handmade gifts, enjoy the enchanting Christmas lights, and perhaps go on a carriage ride. Make sure to try “oscypek”, smoked sheep cheese served with cranberry. You will only find it in Poland!
Note: While this information is correct at the time of publishing, things can always change (thanks COVID!). Please research before making plans to attend.
Krakow Christmas Market – One of the Most Beautiful in the World
Krakow is considered one of the most popular Christmas markets in the world and it’s easy to see why. It has everything from local handcrafted ceramics and jewelry to local specialties like Galician spiced mulled wine.
The market is located in the main old town square. It’s conveniently close to the main tourist attractions of St. Mary’s Basilica with its famous Veit Stoss altarpiece, Krakow Cloth Hall dating from the 13th century, and Wawel Castle, the seat of Polish kings.
Dates: November 26, 2021 – December 26th (with a New Year Market continuiing into January 2, 2022)
Location: Rynek Glowny
Wroclaw Christmas Market – Like a Fairy Tale
Wroclaw’s Old Town Christmas market looks like something straight out of a fairy tale with its traditional Christmas Pyramid and a Rudolf carousel.
Visitors can find craft shops, a Winter Labyrinth, and a variety of stands with local products like Silesian mulled wine with black pepper and vanilla, churros, pancakes, chocolate, and plenty of options for gifts for loved ones.
Dates: November 19 – December 31, 2021
Locations: 4 Location: The Market Square (Rynek), The Salt Square (Plac Solny), on Świdnicka Street, and Oławska Street
Poznan Christmas Market – A Holiday Fun Fair
Poznan, capital of the Wielkopolska region, hosts its annual Bethlehem Christmas market every year by the City Hall. It includes The International Ice Sculpture Festival.
On Saturday 21st, there is a special Christmas parade with carol singing with Santa and his elves.
Dates: November 20 – December 26, 2021
Location: Plac Wolności
Gdansk Christmas Market – Poland’s Largest Market
Gdansk Christmas Market is conveniently situated in the city center. Enjoy its Venetian carousel, an Advent calendar with a different window opened every day. The stalls are beautifully decorated. Burn some of those calories you’re taking in while skating at the outdoor ice rink, or ride Santa’s sleigh in virtual reality.
Gdansk maritime links can be seen in its charming old town with its fountain of Neptune fountain and its shipyard, a symbol of Polish freedom and the fight against communism.
Dates: November 19 – December 24, 2021
Location: Targ Węglowy