Krakow - Christmas Market

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The Christmas Market in the main square in Krakow at Christmas and New Year.

New Year is the time for great celebrations - make sure you're in Krakow then.

Krakow Christmas Market

The Cracow Christmas market in the main square or Rynek Glowny in Krakow is an attractive sight on a cold winter's night.

There are stalls selling traditional Polish Christmas decorations, flower stalls with arrangements, mistletoe and greenery, iced gingerbread, sweets, cakes and other seasonal goodies.

The scent of hot sausage stalls encourages shoppers to indulge. Warm mulled wine is sold from barrel shaped huts like the one in the photograph to warm both the hands and stomach.

The trees in the square are adorned with bright lights that twinkle in the darkness.

You might hear street musicians playing carols, or just watch revellers staggering home after a good night out.

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There's always something on in Rynek Glowny in Krakow, irrespective of the time of year.

Always street performers of one kind or another, music to listen to.

The Sukiennica or central cloth market is open selling its traditional Polish goods throughout the year; Polish amber and silver products, attractive wooden marquetry or carved boxes, light catchers, tiffany lamps, Polish national costumes, tablecloths and table linen, wooden toys and a variety of other crafts.

Although tables and chairs aren't outside the cafes as they are in summer, go inside to enjoy some of the best hot chocolate on earth, served with lashings of whipped cream and small biscuits.

A competition for the best nativity scene is held in Krakow every year. This involves elaborate constructions all vying for 1st position and is open to the public.

A large stage is erected in the main square for Christmas and New Year. At New Year famous Polish performers entertain the crowds waiting to see the New Year in. Amazing atmosphere.

One of the walking tours in Krakow (Cracow) is centred around the Jewish Quarter where there is a significant numbr of synagogues, Jewish restaurants and museums.

Take a look at photographs and more information about Rynek, Main Square Krakow




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