Cracow Christmas Market

December in Poland

places to visit in Poland in December

Places to visit in Poland

Go south to Zakopane for Goralskie culture and mountain scenery.

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Skiing and snow

Sleigh rides complete with jingle bells are still a reality in Poland in the winter. Fur coats and rugs are sold in the shops and markets.

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Travel Guide

The various ways of getting to Cracow and around Cracow.

Polish Christmas wreaths

christmas wreaths

There is a permanent flower market in the Old Square in Cracow. During the Christmas Market, the same flower stalls stock Christmas themed flowers, wreaths, decorations and greenery.

There are Christmas wreaths galore, those made with fresh greenery, lovely ones with a plaited wooden network and decorated with dried orange slices, scented cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and fir cones to give your home a festive scent.

Some of the wreaths are made to be a welcoming sign on front doors, others are candle wreaths that lie flat on tables and surfaces.

Dried flower decorations and fir cones are made into all sorts of festive garlands and ornamental objects such as table centre pieces and floral arrangements.

Wreaths decoate shop doorways and windowsIf your trip is close to Christmas, it might be a good idea to buy mistletoe to take home because it is cheaper in Cracow than the UK. It is sold in small bunches or still growing from a chunk of tree trunk.

One way of preserving the mistletoe for longer to keep it fresh is to give it a couple of sprays with hair spray and then leave it to dry. Please note that the berries are poisonous and should be kept away from young children.

Twinkling fairy lights, wreaths and greenery adorn many Polish shops and restaurants making the city look especially pretty after dusk. Cracow is a wonderful place for a long weekend break in December. Everything is colourful and festive, there are interesting and unusual gifts to buy and innumerable places to eat.

Include some Polish folk music or a Chopin concert during your holiday to give you a flovour of the real Cracow.

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