Planning your Christmas markets getaway for December?
Well Poland is definitely the cheaper alternative for your traditional Christmas shopping – remember the 5:1 exchange rate…. and the £1 beer (which will be warmed up and have lovely spices in this time of the year…. yum!).
For the flights, Wizzair (hungarian airline out of Luton) are doing fab deals at the moment:
- return flights for £65 to Warsaw over weekends (try 9th – 12th Dec) and
- return flights for £65 to Gdansk over weekends (try 2nd – 4th Dec).
These drop to under £50 return if you go out on Thursday night and come back on Monday morning, bargain!!
All the key cities in Poland have something Christmassy going on so you can jet over in 2hrs15mins (apart from Wizzair you can also try BA, bmi and LOT) and be in one of the beautiful old towns like Krakow, Warsaw or Gdansk enjoying a warm mulled wine or beer, some traditional hot food (polish sausages….. black pudding…. dumplings!), possibly a lot of poppyseed cake (we love it! and it brings good luck for New Year!) and a spot of very affordable Christmas gift shopping (remember to haggle if you pick up more than one thing, they’ll normally let you off a few zlotys).
What’s more Poland has the added magical beauty of snowy winter wonderland so if you’re really lucky you might be able to combine it with making a snowman or two :). Check out the current weather – December to February is usually snow paradise 🙂 – we recommend it (just make sure you wrap up warm!).
Find out more about the Christmas Markets in each city below & read more about Polish cities on our city breaks page.
Krakow – daily from 1st to 26 December, you’ll find the Krakow Christmas Market in the magnificent medieval Market Square in the Krakow Old Town. In colourful stalls and historic Cloth Hall you can buy traditional Christmas decorations, hand-made arts and crafts, amber and silver jewellery, bohemian glassware, furry slippers, leather goods and plenty of other gifts. There will of course be lots of stalls with delicious hot food & drink – traditional polish sausages, mulled wine and traditional highlanders cheese – “oscypek”. Get in the Christmas spirit straight away from the 1st December, when in the morning, the annual Krakow Nativity Scenes (Szopki Krakowskie) competition is taking place by the Mickewicz monument on the Old Town Square.
Warsaw – starting on 26th November and running daily between 12 and 8pm until 8th January (so you can catch it before Christmas or for a New Year’s Eve weekend :)), the Warsaw Christmas Market is in the Old Town’s main square. This year in addition to polish regional Christmas products, clothing, toys and traditional gifts & crafts (phew, yep, lots going on), there will stands from Lithuania, Slovakia, Austria & Croatia with their regional foods, arts and crafts. Live music, Christmas carols and folk bands add to the festive atmosphere.
Gdansk – taking place from 5th until 23rd December, the Gdansk Christmas Market will be on the Dlugi Targ street, the main street in Gdansk Old Town. In the wooden chalets stalls, modeled on Gdansk merchant townhouses, you can buy a wide range of gifts from traditional Christmas decorations, toys, regional arts and crafts to leather goods, clothing and ceramics. And naturally a lot of original Baltic amber and silver jewellery (you might not wanna leave those stalls for a good while). You can expect many stalls full of traditional polish Christmas cakes and sweets. Santa’s grotto and a reindeer driven sledge will add to festive attractions, especially for the little ones.