Christmas in Krakow

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Christmas is a magic time of the year, and Krakow is a magic place, so if you spend Christmas in our city, it is twice as magic!

Christmas Market

In the run-up to Christmas, the Main Square features a Christmas market, where you can find a range of traditional local crafts and sample Polish cuisine like bigos  and kaszanka, as well as a wide selection of grilled meat, baked potatoes and other delicacies. There are also cask-shaped stalls offering mulled wine - grzaniec to warm you up and keep in good mood.

Szopki Krakowskie

There is also a unique local tradition (dating back to the 19th century) of making miniature models of famous historical buildings in Krakow. They also feature miniature figurines connected with nativity scene as well as Krakow's history and legends. This fabulous, colourful models called Szopki Krakowskie are on display on the Main Square on the first Thursday in December (this year on 6 Dec.). Afterwards, szopki can be seen in Palac Krzysztofory on Rynek Glowny 35 (35 Main Square). They are on display till 10 February.

Christmas cribs

Traditional Christmas crib can be seen on the Main Square as well as in all the Krakow's churches.

Christmas traditions in Poland

In Poland the most celebrated part of Christmas is Christmas Eve called Wigilia, when all the family meet at the traditional Christmas Eve supper. It is time for singing Christmas carols and unwrapping Christmas presents! Traditional Christmas Eve supper used to contain 12 different dishes, but nowadays there are usually not that many. Some most popular dishes include:
  • Barszcz z uszkami: beetroot soup with little ear-shaped dumplings stuffed with wild mushrooms
  • Fried carp
  • Jellied carp
  • Pierogi z kapusta i grzybami: dumplings filled with cabbage and wild mushrooms
  • Kapusta z grzybami: cabbage cooked with wild mushrooms
  • Stewed fruit drink made from prunes, dried pears and apples
  • Kutia: made from wheat, poppy seeds, honey and various nuts, raisins, figs and almonds