The Christmas Fair is a long-standing Cracow tradition which is known throughout Poland. This year’s edition starts at the end of November and will last until December 26. This event has become a permanent fixture in the cultural calendar of Cracow. It contributes to the region’s flourishing economic development, and the fair attracts more and more tourists.
What can we expect at this year’s edition?
Traditionally, all visitors will be able to enjoy a wide selection of holiday accessories and decorations. These are hand-made products which perfectly fit into Polish tradition and culture. It is also an opportunity to feel the special atmosphere and listen to Christmas carols. The event attracts crowds of curious visitors from all around Poland and abroad, and is one of the largest events of this type in our country. The fair offers a huge selection of all kinds of holiday products, such as:
- hand-painted Christmas baubles;
- original decorations;
- ceramics, e.g. figurines, plates and cups;
- wood, straw, cloth and glass products;
- Christmas figurines;
- postcards, souvenirs and calendars.
For enthusiasts of good food there are dishes spanning German, Dutch, Lithuanian or Ukrainian cuisine. The fair is a great opportunity to taste dishes from different parts of Europe. People who like to try new flavors will be happy to try roasted chestnuts, oscypek cheese or old Polish dumplings. Also, lovers of sweets and children will be delighted with delicious homemade cakes and gingerbread.
The fair will be accompanied by, among others The Polish Forefathers’ Rite, Carolers’ Procession, a Christmas wafer meeting and Christmas illuminations show. Also for the youngest children the city has prepared attractions such as writing letters to Santa Claus or games with animators. There can never be a shortage of music during this special period! Magda Steczkowska and the Family Choir will perform on November 30, and the famous Kraków Nativity Scene competition will take place on December 5. This is an event dating back to the 1930’s. It is a great opportunity to look at beautiful Polish traditions.
Cracow fair for everyone
Undoubtedly, the fair is a wonderful meeting of modernity and old customs. It attracts many tourists from both Poland and abroad. It is worth attending in order to feel the magic of Christmas, stock up on handmade decorations, or try local delicacies. Everyone will surely find something for themselves.