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Krakow – Christmas Markets in Poland

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Dates: 30. Nov – 26. Dec 2018
Location :- The Rynek, Market Square, Old Town

Krakow’s Christmas market takes place , each year,on the city’s large and brightly decorated Rynek Glowny Central square, in the midst of the Old Town’s historic district and a ‘white Christmas’ is almost guaranteed in Poland – the freshly fallen snow lending a special atmosphere to the Christmas Market. It begins at the end of November and lasts until the 6th of January, the feast of the Epiphany or “Swieto Trzech Kroli” in Poland, a public holiday in Poland. Wooden stalls sell a wonderful selection of unique Christmas decorations: hand painted glasses, hand made clay angels or the fantastic garlands.The obwarzanki (Cracovian bagel) vendors are peddling toys and tinselly trinkets. The flower market is filled with wreaths and evergreens. At Krakow Christmas Market you should try the local specialities served in the numerous stall shops: traditional grilled sausages, ribs, fabulous dumplings and the smoked sheep cheese with the cranberry jam. If you get cold walking around the Christmas Market – have a glass of mulled wine or tea spiced with cherry vodka! Plus there are additional attractions such as shows, folk dances, concerts of carols, and much, much more, come and see for yourself!

The stands are generally open from 10:00 – 20:00 and will remain until December 26th when most will close, although the market itself doesn’t officially close until the Sunday after the Three Kings Day parade on January 8th. On December 6th – ‘DzieńŚwiętego Mikołaja’, or Saint Nicholas Day children wake up to find a present on their beds from this saint, they will have left their letters to him on the window sill.


Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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Christmas Recipes

Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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Discover all you need to know about the history of Silent Night, the Lyrics and listen to Silent Night

Discovwer all about St Nicholas. Find out who he was, how he become a saint and why he is associated with Christmas. Discover St Nicholas here

Find Puzzles, word searches, letters to print of for Santa plus much more here, in the Kids Corner

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