Kraków’s Christmas Market (Targi Bożonarodzeniowe) is officially opened this evening by the President of Kraków, followed by the switching on of the Christmas Tree lights.
The market will be open, until 26th December, though some sellers may hang around for a few days more. CNN recently ranked the Kraków Christmas market at number 6 in their list of the Worlds top 15 Christmas Markets.
Official Opening and Christmas Tree Lights Switch On
Saturday 25th November, Rynek Główny
1715 Performance by the band “Pod Budą”
18:00 Official opening of the Christmas Market and Christmas Tree light switched on.
Court Ballet dance performance by “Cracovia Danza”
After last years modernistic plastic and led tree, the city have decided to go back to tradition with a real tree. The tree, a 38 year old, 18 metre Fir from Łabowca will be decorated in a vintage Belle Epoque style with over 40,000 lights, stars, bows and garlands.
As always, food, Christmas and general arts, crafts, decorations and toys will be available from Polish and international merchants, including guests from Lithuania, Ukraine and Hungary, offering a variety of regional cured meats, bread, croissants, langurs and kurtosze together with Polish favourites, and of course gallons of hot mulled wine to warm the soul.
A number of events and performances will accompany the market to keep you entertained as you shop or enjoy a kielbasa and mulled wine.
This article will be updated with details of the main events, but in the meantime you can find the programme in Polish below.