Wrocław for the Christmas Holidays 2023-24: What to do?
Visiting Wrocław in December? You're in luck, as the holiday season is when the city gets all dolled up with festive decorations and the Main Square seemingly explodes with light, sound, and extravagant attractions. From seasonal gnomes to mulled wine to historic buildings and bridges twinkling with Christmas joy, here are the best ways to feel the holiday magic in Wrocław.
Wrocław is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. Drawing 5.3 million visitors in 2018, word has spread about the special atmosphere the city has to offer, especially at the turn of the year. Beautiful not only in summer, when the weather is more favourable for the outdoors, but also unique in winter - the illumination of Christmas lights, the air of the Christmas Market fragrant with gingerbread and cinnamon, complete with a wonderful Christmas tree in the centre of Wrocław market square. Wrocław's Christmas Fair alone is worth making a December trip to Poland for!
The rich history of the city is evident by unique monuments - Ostrów Tumski with a strolling lighthouse in the evening, a beautiful market square with the Town Hall, the Quarter of Four Denominations, the University building and the Ossolineum complex. Winter walks are encouraged by promenades and boulevards, thanks to the tempting views of the Oder River, which, even when iced-over in the cold, gives the city a unique atmosphere. Crossed by tributaries and canals, Wrocław is a unique city of 12 islands and over 100 bridges. It is also worth going outside the city centre - in the vicinity of Szczytnicki Park, the UNESCO heritage-listed Centennial Hall and the Four Domes Pavilion. See one of the most interesting modernist-housing estates in Europe - WUWA, or follow the colourful trail of Wrocław's fantastic street art. Or maybe with a bit of luck, you will be able to make friends with Wrocław's gnomes - friendly, cheerful citizens of the city of 'meetings'. As part of Wrocław Christmas lights, keep an eye out for the City Lamplighter - a public-service job that has existed for centuries and is one of only two that still exist in Europe (the other is in Brest in Belarus) Find out more at www.visitwroclaw.eu
Christmas Food in Wrocław
Read our article on Wigilia - Poland's Christmas Eve Feast.
There's almost always something wonderfully diverting happening on the city's beautiful market square - whether it be street performers, fairs or festivals, plus plenty of monuments and building-fronts featuring whimsical ornaments that capture the curiosity. Read our article on Wrocław with the Kids!