One of Kraków’s most idiosyncratic Christmas traditions is the popular creation of 'szopki' or 'Christmas cribs' as they are somewhat oddly referred to in English. Something of a strange cross between a nativity scene, gingerbread house, and dollhouse, these unique structures more resemble colourful, foil-covered castles or cathedrals than cribs, and are the bizarre result of a folk tradition started in the 19th century. These impressive folk creations will be on display in Celestat following the annual competition on the Main Square. The szopki on display range from those laboured over during the course of the entire year by master craftsmen, to those made by local primary schools, and visiting the szopki exhibition is an essential part of holiday season tradition for most families in Kraków. Don't miss it.