Christmas 2021 in Krakow: Offers, program and advice

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Spending the Christmas holidays abroad is not common, yet more and more people are now choosing to celebrate Christmas away from home, perhaps exploring a European city.

Krakow is the ideal destination during the Christmas period: romantic and dynamic at the same time, full of attractions and activities to do in this period.

Long the capital of Poland today is the city with the main historical / cultural center of the country; moreover its small but beautiful historic center, part of the Unesco World Heritage, will take your breath away.
So here's ours guide to spend Christmas in Krakow that you will not forget easily!



Index

  1. Plan your Christmas in Krakow: flights, hotels and All Inclusive packages
  2. Tickets, tours and bookable activities
  3. What to do: events and activities
  4. What to see in Krakow at Christmas
  5. Climate and useful info
  6. User questions and comments

Covid-19 emergency: events, concerts and demonstrations could undergo last-minute changes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We recommend that you inform yourself well about the situation of the destination you intend to visit before departure. If you are planning a trip, follow government guidelines and make sure you are in line with safety measures.

Plan your Christmas in Krakow: flights, hotels and All Inclusive packages

Unlike many other European cities, Krakow is a relatively cheap destination, so much so that it is possible to find advantageous flight + hotel offers, even without too much notice.

However, as this is the busiest time of the year, prices will be higher and it's best to hurry up and book!

We advise you to take advantage of the very interesting offers we have found for you, hoping that they can help you organize your perfect Christmas in this magnificent city.



Christmas offers in Krakow: Flight + 4 nights in hotel

  • starting from € 176,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 26,00 per room -
  • Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 350,00 per person -

Tickets, tours and bookable activities

We offer you some activities and tours to do in Krakow. Click on the tour you are interested in for more information or to book.

What to do: events and activities

1 - Visit to the historical Christmas market in Krakow

During the Christmas season, it is a must to soak up the atmosphere by taking a tour of one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world.

It is held every year in the beautiful Market Square (the largest medieval square in Europe) with stalls and goods of all kinds: you will find from local handicrafts to furs, from decorations to sweets and even jewelry made with the precious Baltic amber.

Alongside these stalls, you will also be able to witness folkloristic shows, songs and dances typical of the Polish tradition.

  • Where it is: historic center, in the Market Square (easily reachable by a bus line 699, which stops a few steps from the square) - Get directions
    It is open from the end of November to the last week of December, every day from 10:00 to 20:00.

2 - The traditional Nativity scene contest

Antoni Wasilewski, in 1927, was the first organizer of the competition to choose the most beautiful nativity scene, today among the most important traditions of the city.

A contest of nativity scenes the so-called szopki, made entirely of plywood and colored sheets and characterized by the miniatures of the historical monuments of the city.

The works parade every year on the first Thursday of December and are exhibited under the statue of Adam Mickiewicz, in the Market Square. The next awarding of the best nativity scene, takes place at the foot of the Adama monument (also located in Rynek Glowny).



3 - Girocittà on foot or by bus between the Christmas lights

At Christmas Krakow lights up with lights and magic, revealing itself in its most romantic and fascinating soul. In fact, despite the bitter cold, it is practically impossible not to choose to venture through the streets of the city, which are lit up for the occasion.

To see the most scenic areas to visit, start from Old Town (the oldest area enclosed in the city walls) to then explore too the Wawel Hill, where the castle and the cathedral of the same name are located, paying particular attention to the main shopping streets, namely via Florianska and via Grodzka.

Although the center is quite concentrated and therefore entirely accessible on foot, you can opt for original eco-friendly solutions such as the 3-hour tour by electric car or the guided Segway tour of the old city, but don't underestimate the idea of ​​using a very comfortable panoramic bus, with which to reach every corner of the city.

4 - Ice skating

If you want to have some fun, head near the Barbacane (the city's defensive tower, located a few steps from the historic center, near the Floriana Gate and Dworzec Station).

Here it is a splendid skating rink, very popular with both tourists and locals. Ice skating it will certainly make you fully enter the Christmas atmosphere, it can also prove to be a great way to fight the cold of the Polish winter.

In addition, near the track, you will find some stalls where you can buy souvenirs or refresh yourself with hot chocolate, mulled wine and traditional sweets... Better than this!



  • The track is open from 9: 30-21: 30 from Monday to Saturday, 10: 00-20: 30 on Sunday. The price is 10 sloty per hour (about € 2,50) plus 8 sloty for the eventual rental of skates.

5 - Meet Santa Claus

If you are traveling in the company of the little ones, there is the possibility of making them experience a truly special moment.

In fact, in the surroundings of the historic center, you can come across several horse-drawn carriages on which it awaits you a funny character disguised as Santa Claus who will take you on a tour of the city, entertaining your children with songs, sweets and lots of laughs!

Usually the carriages leave from the Market Square and then take a tour of the main areas of Stare Miasto. Therefore, you will be able to locate them very easily.

What to see in Krakow at Christmas

A city with a glorious past, it is undoubtedly one of the most interesting destinations during a trip to Poland, albeit a short one. Built from a medieval core, the current city has buildings of great importance that harmoniously combine Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Here are the must-see attractions in Krakow, especially if you have a few days to discover the city.

  1. Rynek Glowny Square, the main square of the city
  2. Basilica of Santa Maria, in the main square
  3. Wawel Castle, with the famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci "The Lady with an Ermine"
  4. Wawel Cathedral, on the same hill as the castle
  5. Find out more about what to see in Krakow

Climate and useful info

  • Weather: during the winter it is harsh, due to the cold air masses coming from Siberia. The maximum temperatures are around 1 ° / 2 °, while the average minimum touches the -4 ° between December and January - more info on climate and temperatures in Krakow
  • John Paul II Airport is located about 11 km from the city. From Italy there are many direct flights with low cost airlines - Compare flights to Krakow - from € 150,00
  • From the airport to the center: by bus, the stop is 50 meters from Terminal 1, line X08 or lines 208 and 252 (902 if at night) connect the airport to the Krakow Glowny railway station, costs 4 zloty (€ 1,00) and takes 30 min. By train, the station is 300 meters from terminal 1 (accessible free of charge with the Airport Shuttle Bus) takes 15/20 min, 9 zloty (€ 2,00). By taxi it costs between 50 and 70 zloty (about € 20,00). Or you can opt for a private transfer from the airport
  • Getting around: can be visited comfortably thanks to the extensive tramway network, 85 km long and made up of more than 28 different lines. A single ticket costs € 1,00 and is valid for 40 minutes - more info on transport and how to get around Krakow
  • Useful passes and cards: the Krakow Card allows you to get discounts, free admissions to many museums, restaurants and clubs in the city, free public transport and transfers from / to the airport. From € 29,00 - buy online
  • Average cost of Christmas dinner: about € 90,00 per person for a good restaurant.


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