In Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia, you will find the centre of each city lit up with magical Christmas lights from the start of December right through till the beginning of February 20201! In Gdańsk, cruise around Gdańsk Old Town and be flawed by the set up. In Sopot, Monciak will have it's own share of bling. In Gdynia, head on down Swiętojańska and Starowiejska streets as well as the Leisure Pier! Since 1st Dec 2020 until Feb 2nd 2021, the extremely popular Oliwa Park will be lit up from 4pm until 10pm every evening. However, due to reduced numbers and coronavirus restrictions, many of the displays have been moved to nearby Ronald Reagan Park.
Read our article on Christmas and New Year in Gdańsk: How does it look in 2020?
Head out to the Kashubian countryside where you can find a few local firms offering kulig (ENG: horse-sleigh) rides through the snowy forests during the day or night. Lasting about an hour and a half these can be great fun in the winter when they tie wooden sledges to the back of the sleigh and wizz you across the snow. Night trips involve carrying burning torches and can include a bonfire where you can enjoy grilled sausages and a warming drink or two, though remember to bring your own. You need to book direct and they might insist on a minimum of 8 people to harness the horses but this being Kashubia, you can definitely bargain. Price 30zl/person during the day. 35zl/person at night. See U Franka.
Go for a Sleigh ride
Strap on the SkatesWhile you might not be able to guarantee three feet of snow in the city, you can guarantee that the temperatures will fall far enough that the city skating rinks will be open until at least March. You’ll find an outdoor rink in two of the three cities where you can hire boots. One notably picturesque location is next to the iconic pier in Sopot! On top of that there are two larger indoor rinks including one housed in a huge bubble just outside Gdansk’s old town. The other is inside the iconic (for us anyway) Hala Olivia. Those hanging out in Gdynia have a decent option on Aleja Piłsudskiego.
Go for a StrollHaving strengthened yourself by eating a meal of insulating Polish food, get out and about and enjoy the bracing air. In a world where pollution in cities seems to be making the news more often these days, one of the great pluses of the Tri-city is how fresh the air is. Granted this is due to it sometimes blowing in at great speed off the nearby Baltic Sea but don’t let that put you off. A stroll on a quiet beach or a walk in Oliwa Park are favourite winter pastimes.