Christmas Cribs (Szopki) Exhibition

Dec 11 2017 - Feb 26 2018    Rynek Główny 35    

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 are moved to the History Museum following a competition on the Main Square each year, where awards are given in a number of categories. 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 part of holiday season tradition for most families in Kraków. Don't miss it.

For more on Christmas in Kraków, read our annually updated holiday feature!



Dec 11 2017 - Feb 26 2018

Rynek Główny 35


Price/Additional Info

Tickets 9/6, family ticket 18zł. Open 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 19:00.


Associated events

Thursday Dec 7 2017Kraków Christmas Crib Competition
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