We have listed the best Christmas Markets in Krakow and the highlights of each one.
Krakow is a magical medieval city on a regular day and during the Christmas seen the city gets event better with Christmas decorations, mulled wine and tasty street food.
- Old Town: Rynekl Glowny
- Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter): Plac Nowy
- Podgorze: Rynek Podgórski
- Galleria Krakowska (next to the train station)
🎄 Old Town Christmas Markets
Address: Rynek Glwony
Dates: Start 24/11/23 and end 26/12/23
Post-Christmas Transformation: From December 27, the market morphs into the New Year’s Eve Market. It’s a bit smaller, with fewer stalls and shows, but it’s worth visiting!
Highlights of the Christmas Markets
Atmospheric Setting: The Old Town, with its historical backdrop, creates a fairy-tale-like atmosphere. Imagine sipping hot mulled wine as you stroll through cobblestone streets, with the Gothic spires of St. Mary’s Basilica towering above.
Types of Stalls: Expect many stalls offering everything from traditional Polish handicrafts to mouth-watering local delicacies. Hand-painted baubles, wooden toys, folk art, hats and scarfs, hand-made pottery and candles. Some items can be overpriced, but they are very nice.
Polish Food: Polish cuisine takes centre stage here. Don’t miss out on trying some pierogi (dumplings), kielbasa (sausages), Oscypek (smoked cheese), and a variety of grilled meat; my favourite is the pork kneck and the ever-so-comforting grzaniec (Polish mulled wine).
Cultural Performances: The market often hosts a range of cultural performances, showcasing traditional Polish music and dance. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture.
Best Time to Visit: While the markets are charming throughout the day, there’s something magical about the evening when the lights are all aglow.
Dress Warmly: Krakow can be pretty chilly during this time of the year. Make sure to bundle up to enjoy the markets comfortably.
Drinking on the street: Drinking in Krakow is usually forbidden, but it’s temporarily allowed around the markets.
🎁 Kazimierz Markets – A Year-Round Treasure
Address: Plac Nowy
Dates: All year, day and night
Although it is not a Christmas-themed market, different markets and food stalls are open daily.
Non-Stop Buzz: Unlike seasonal markets, Kazimierz is alive and kicking throughout the year, both during the day and at night. It’s a hub of constant activity.
Food stalls: There is a variety of food stalls offering delicious meals, but Plac Nowy is famous for its Zapikankas (half pizza, half baguette)
Daily Treasures: Each day brings something new. Saturday’s market is for antiques (however, most are just junk), while Sunday’s are more focused on clothing stalls. For an offbeat experience, visit on Friday for the pigeon fair from 05:30 to 07:30 – it’s as intriguing as it sounds!
Evening Transformation: As night falls, Plac Nowy becomes one of the city’s hottest spots. Bustling bars welcome tourists and locals, offering a perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration.
Pricing & Haggling: Most places in Plac Nowy are budget-friendly. While haggling might be acceptable at the Sunday flea market, it’s generally frowned upon at the daily market stalls. And remember, small change is king here – don’t expect vendors to break a 100 złoty note.
Cultural Experience: Beyond the commercial aspect, the market offers a rich cultural experience, showcasing local fruits, produce, meats, cheeses, and much more. It’s a nifty way to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.
🦌 Podgorze Chirstmas Fait
Address: Rynek Podgórski
Dates: December 2nd and 3rd, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Local Focus: This fair highlights local merchants, artists, and artisans, giving you a unique opportunity to explore and purchase one-of-a-kind local products. Expect exquisite stained glass, charming clay angels, jewellery and bespoke clothing.
Festive Atmosphere: Over 80 stalls will be filled with handicrafts and delicious food, sweets, and essential hot wine to keep you warm and cheerful.
Entertainment Galore: The fair is not just about shopping; it’s a full-blown festive celebration. A stage will host various performances to keep the holiday spirit high. And if you’re visiting with kids (or are a kid at heart), take advantage of the workshops designed for children and adults.
Vintage Carousel: A highlight of the fair is the vintage, 100-year-old carousel. It’s not just a ride; it’s a step back in time.
Community Spirit: The fair is a fantastic way to feel the unique community atmosphere of Podgórze. It’s more than just a market; it celebrates the area’s rich culture and heritage.
Watch their Facebook page, Made in Podgórze, for more details and updates.
Remember to dress warmly as the fair is outdoors, and the Krakow winter can be chilly.
Bring cash for the stalls, as many places don’t accept card payments.
🎅 Christmas Market & Ice Skating Rink at Galeria Krakowska
Dates: Usually runs through the Christmas season (specific dates vary)
Charming Christmas Market: The area outside Galeria Krakowska(a big shopping mall next to the train station) transforms into a quaint Christmas market. Stroll among the festively decorated stalls offering a variety of gifts, ornaments, and crafts. It’s the perfect place to find unique Christmas presents and decorations.
Ice Skating: The fair is not just about shopping; an ice skating rink offers some winter fun, and they offer gear rental. It’s best to go earlier in the day as it gets swamped in the evenings.
Atmosphere and Decorations: The area is adorned with beautiful Christmas lights and decorations, creating a magical atmosphere. It’s an ideal spot for some festive photos!
Tips for Your Visit
Stay for the Lights: As evening falls, the Christmas lights and tree turn on, transforming the market and rink into a sparkling wonderland. It’s a sight not to be missed!
⛄ Questions about Christmas markets in Krakow:
- When do Krakow Christmas markets start?
In the Old Town, they start on 24/11/23 and end on 26/12/23
- Can you drink at the Christmas markets?
Drinking is allowed at the Krakow Christmas Markets, but stay within a reasonable distance, as drinking in public in the rest of Krakow is still illegal.
- What is at the Christmas markets?
You can find a range of delicious Polish street food, hand-made souvenirs and furniture, and lots of nicknacks. Traditionally, Polish clothing, smoked cheese and artisan chocolates.
- Are the Krakow Christmas markers good?
The Krakow Christmas markers are some of the best in Poland and shouldn’t be missed if you’re looking for a fun and authentic winter weekend.
- Does it snow in Krakow at Christmas?
It usually snows from December to February, but around the old town, it doesn’t last night and melts away during the day.
Where are the Krakow Christmas Markets 2023
Check out the below map or use our Christmas Markets google map.