Poland's Unique Christmas Markets

Shopping for Christmas Decorations and Souvenirs in Poland

The largest Christmas market in Poland takes place in Krakow's Market Square during the month of December. Other cities host Christmas markets, too, though depending on the size of the city and its resources, may not be as expansive as the market in Krakow. Regardless, if you're shopping for handmade crafts or Polish Christmas decorations, or if you want to sample cold-weather Polish treats, even small Christmas markets will give you an idea of how Poland celebrates this holiday. Furthermore, historic centers dripping in Christmas lights and squares decorated with trees make Poland's cities and towns even lovelier.


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    Krakow's Christmas market
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    Krakow's Christmas Market is a huge annual success. The largest in Poland, it attracts visitors from around the world. Market Square, always lively, becomes festive with carriage rides, Christmas decorations, and the smell of mulled wine. ​Christmas in Krakow is not to be missed!

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    Warsaw's Christmas market
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    Warsaw's main Christmas Market is held in Castle Square, in front of the Royal Castle. Another Christmas Market can be found in front of the Palace of Science and Culture. These two markets make December a worthwhile month for visiting the Polish capital city.

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    Wroclaw Christmas Market

    Wroclaw's Christmas market
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    Wroclaw's Christmas Market is held in Wroclaw's Old Town among its historic sights. The increasing popularity of holiday markets in Poland means that the Wroclaw Christmas market sees more visitors each year, in turn encouraging more sellers to work stalls selling crafts, decorations, and tasty treats to stave off the chill.

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    Torun Christmas Market

    The night market of Torun, Poland
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    Torun is not as large as other cities in Poland, and so the size of its Christmas Market is reflective of this fact. However, with its medieval charm, Torun looks beautiful decorated for Christmas. So if you're in the area, there's no reason not to check out the small Christmas Market here. Grab a mug of hot mulled wine or find an ornament for your tree at home.

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    Gdansk Christmas Market

    The Christmas market in Gdansk
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    If you're in Gdansk during the month of December, be sure to stop by its Christmas market on Targ Weglowy to meet the Polish Santa, take a twirl on the ice skating rink, and see Christmas tree displays from around the world. Buy gifts made from amber harvested from the sea or find souvenirs that will remind you of your stay in this northern city.


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    Poznan Christmas Market

    Poznan's Christmas night market
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    Poznan's main square is a lovely venue for a Christmas market. This market stands out with its international ice sculpture competition, the products of which are left standing until they melt, and a nativity scene.


Visiting Poland's Christmas Markets

Dates change for Christmas markets from year to year depending upon popularity, size, organization, and other factors. However, most Christmas markets run through the month of December and close up shop right before Christmas to give both vendors and shoppers a break for the holidays.