Krakow Christmas Markets
It’s Christmas time!
Krakow during Christmas time is bustling with activity. The whole city glows with white and blue lights. People walk huddled together. The streets glitter in white snow. Everyone is carrying their Christmas shopping. Or stopping for hot chocolate at one of Krakow’s many coffee shops. Skating rinks go up all over town and sparkling Christmas markets appear everywhere. Sellers go about their business selling Christmas decorations, sweets and games from their wooden huts. The atmosphere is festive. Lots of people enjoy sipping on hot mulled wine (grzane wino in Polish).
You can savor the smell of Polish mountain smoked cheese fuming on hot grills. Why not combine its strong flavor with cranberry jam, a delicious mix well worth sampling. And if you’re looking to fill your belly and warm your bones from the biting cold, then roasting meats and vegetables in big circular pans are on offer. Join the queue.
The Christmas markets can be found in most cities and are a tradition in Poland. The Krakow Christmas markets are particularly beautiful. The lights filling the huts cast a warm glow over the Old Town Square. If you brave the small crowds surrounding the stalls you’ll find it’s worth it. When you enter this tiny wonderland you’ll notice the fragile Christmas baubles hanging down from the ceilings. Wooden games and toys cover the tables. You’ll see the making of candles in one hut. Listen as the whole process described to the crowd. Amongst the many treasures found at the Christmas market are handcrafted jewelery, leather bags, lace work and fur coats. The market stalls remain open until late in the evening.
If you’re looking to shop at a slower pace then go when the sun has set. You’ll be able to avoid the crowds and enjoy seeing the market lit up. And because of this, it somehow feels more like Christmas!
Weekend markets are also put together in Krakow’s Maly Rynek, in a location just behind the tall Mariacki Church. In Podgorze, merchants sell homemade goods from their white tents. The few stalls here are erected in front the impressive St-Joseph’s Church. Items such as candles and soaps are sold. You can also buy homemade jewelery or foods such as fresh bread and jams. It will be hard for you to leave empty handed. Happy shopping!