The Main Market Square will be bursting with colour and life when the Christmas Fair is held there from 25th November to 26th December, as usual before Christmas. This is one of the largest and best known Christmas fairs in Europe, and harks back to Kraków’s trading past.
Around 80 gastronomic and commercial stall-holders will be presenting their wares. Traders will be offering a wide range of Christmas goods and decorations, such as hand-painted baubles and other Christmas tree ornaments, festive wreaths, jewellery and ceramic goods. There will be stalls with Polish grilled dishes, old-fashioned pierogi (dumplings), and hot sheep’s cheese with cranberry. Hot soup and a slice of bread and lard – a traditional delicacy – will be on offer. You can also drink a cup of Galician mulled wine (Grzaniec Galicyjski) from a barrel, which will bring warmth and cheer on a chilly day. Lovers of tasty snacks will also find roasted nuts, and cakes, pies and gingerbread baked according to traditional recipes.
Alongside the fair there will be numerous forms of entertainment, such as the colourful Caroller’s Pageant (Korowód Kolędników), an interactive performance of Dziady by the poet Adam Mickiewicz, whose statue stands on the Market Square, and the Opłatek Prezydencki – the traditional breaking and sharing of a Christmas wafer with the President of the city.
When: 25th November – 26th December
Where: Main Market Square, Kraków