Warsaw is becoming a festive city for winter visitors. Christmas lights, markets and ice skating rinks are throughout the city. In winter time it gets dark around 4:00 pm so the city turns into a colourful lightshow.
The Polish capital is considered as having one of the best Christmas light displays in Europe. The highlight is to see the display on the Old Town and Royal Route along the Krakowskie Przedmieście, Nowy Świat and Aleje Ujazdowskie streets. If you are looking for more history visit the Wilanów Palace in Warsaw`s suburbs. It`s a 17th Century royal residence of Polish King Jan III Sobieski. Come in the afternoon and after visiting the palace you can stay to see the Royal Garden of Light which became one of the the best winter`s attractions of this kind in town. On weekends you must see a mapping – 3D performance combining lights, images and sounds on the palace`s facade (wilanow-palac.pl).
Christmas markets are places where you can find some gift and craft products and try traditional Polish dishes like pierogies, bigos or mountain grilled cheese. There are many attractions and workshops for kids. The Christmas market in Old Town is very popular, it`s located on the Castle Square along the city walls (opened till 6th of January, Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm). Another market you can enjoy just 5 minutes away in the Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta). An ice skating rink built around the Warsaw Mermaid statue is surrouned by many market stalls. Skates available for rent. . If you’re cold remember about mulled wine or meald served at Christmas market in Warsaw.
If you’re looking for a larger skating rink, try in front of the Palace of Culture and Science. It`s a bigger and more comfortable rink where you can also rent skates. A view of “Stalin`s gift” can be really spectacular after dark (Plac Defilad 1). If you are searching for something professional, try the ice skating rink at the National Stadium, an important contemporary city landmark. It countains 3 skating rinks on 5 thousand square meters. Here you can try also a curling, bumper cars and an ice hill so if you’re travelling with younger children, this is the place to be. (zimowynarodowy.pl). If you’re interested in something with a little more history, my parents taught me to skate at the Torwar which is the oldest ice sports hall in Warsaw. I was about 5 years old and this one of the most memorable days of my childhood (Lodowisko Torwar II, Łazienkowska 6a Street, torwar.pl). Torwar remains an important entertainment venue for the city. It’s also adjacent to the Legia Warszawa Football Club / Stadium and Fan shop (Łazienkowska 3 Street, legia.com).