Polish Traditions: Christmas Time

If you will be in Krakow during or around Christmas time you are in for a real treat.  Not only will the Main Market Square be filled with a bustling Christmas Market, complete with Polish Market Food, homemade goodies, and crafts, but the city will also have events for you to enjoy as well! See our 12 Things To Put On Your Krakow Christmas List This Year…. And  if you will be in Krakow for the Christmas holidays and need to know what restaurants are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day check out our list here or download the pdf.


Christmas Market

One of my favorites is the Szopka Competition, or better know in English as the Nativity Scene or Christmas Crib.  Children, adults, individuals, and groups all work to build their own handmade nativities, each with its own style.  The first Thursday in December, the szopki are placed on the large statue in the middle of the Main Market Square, judges come, locals come, even the news stations come to see them all.  The winner of the competition gets to have his or her Szopka put on display in the National Museum forever!

Nativity full with SM Nativity with kids

And don’t forget if you have any questions, comments, or want us to make you a custom made list or itinerary, you can always email us at emilysguidetokrakow@gmail.com 

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