Christmas Cribs (Szopki) Exhibition

Every Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 09:00–18:00       Rynek Główny 35

This year, Kraków's szopki make their triumphant return to Krzysztofory Palace! 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 dating back to the Middle Ages. These impressive folk creations will once again be on display in Krzysztofory Palace on the market square after a five-year hiatus due to renovation works. 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!

To learn more about this colourful Cracovian tradition, read our full article on Kraków Christmas Cribs (Szopki Krakowskie).

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Every Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 09:00–18:00 Dec 5 2022 - Feb 26 2023
Krzysztofory Palace
Rynek Główny 35
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