January 2023 in Krakow



Krakow in January is truly a magical place -  full of glittering lights, festive spirits and good vibes. Although January is the quietest month of the year, there’s still plenty of fun things to do in Krakow! Start the year off on a high note by treating yourself to a few of these events in Krakow! Below is our list of the top 10 things to do and see in January 2023. Here you can find our tips on what to do in Krakow in February.
1. Kraków Nativity Scenes Exhibition
2. Concert for the Three Kings
3. The Exhibition of Peter Pan
4. Podgórski caroling
5. Exhibition of Tamara Lempicka
6. The Nutcracker in Kraków Opera
7. Festive New Year Concert
8. Galeria Krakowska Ice Rink
9. Helena Rubinstein: First Lady of Beauty
10. Concerts at St. Martin's


1. Kraków Nativity Scenes Exhibition

Dates: 05.12.22 - 27.02.23
Address: The Krzysztofory Palace, Rynek Główny 35

Building a nativity scene is a unique cultural phenomenon which dates back to the XIX century in Krakow. The nativity is a slender, multi-level, towering, richly decorated building, constructed of light, perishable materials. It is characterized by an accumulation of fancifully processed and interconnected miniaturized elements of the historic architecture of Krakow, into which the Christmas scene has been transferred.

The uniqueness of the phenomenon is emphasized by its inclusion in the 2014 National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. In addition, since 2018, the tradition of making nativity scenes has been the first entry from Poland on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The nativity scenes will be shown to the public until February 27, 2023 at the post-competition exhibition at the Krzysztofory palace.


Nativity scene


2. Concert for the Three Kings

Dates: 06.01.23, 20:00
Address: St Mary’s Basilica, Rynek Główny 5

January 6, 2023 will be the 9th edition of the concert for Three Kings, which is a regular, non-ticketed artistic event taking place within the walls of St. Mary's Basilica in Krakow. The concert is a rich cultural offer addressed to the inhabitants of Krakow and tourists visiting the city during the festive period. Its purpose is to preserve the tradition of caroling and to disseminate sacred music. You’ll enjoy well-known Polish artists who perform the most beautiful Polish carols and pastorals. The admission is free.


Koncert dla Trzech Króli


3. Peter Pan in The Garden of Lights

Dates: 28.11.22 - 26.01.23
Address: Ogród Doświadczeń im. Stanisława Lema, Park Lotników Polskich, al. Pokoju 68

The Exhibition of Peter Pan in The Garden of Lights.. The Garden of Lights is a unique outdoor exhibition that will take viewers to the beloved fairy-tale world. The main theme of this year's edition is the timeless story of Peter Pan. It is a form of narrative filled with light-based attractions. The moment you step into the Garden, you will be transported into an exciting land of imagination, eternal childhood and adventure, regardless of how old you are!

Apart from these characters and their fabulous adventures, you can enjoy nearly 30 light-based installations, tunnels, a maze and a plethora of multimedia attractions, including a multimedia tunnel, video-mappings and fully-scored laser shows.


Piotruś Pan Ogród Świateł


4. Podgórski caroling

Dates: 06.01.23, 19:15
Address: Podgórski Market Square

After a pandemic break, our annual caroling event will be held on Podgórski Square - one of the most magical events in the holiday season. This time, together with the residents, the Podgórski Symphony Choir, which operates at the Redemptorist Parish and which follows the tradition of the once operating choir of the same name, will sing. We meet on Friday, January 6 at 7.15 pm on the Podgórski Market Square, somewhere between the illuminated Christmas tree and the shed. We will prepare the texts of carols, as well as candles, but of course we also invite you to bring your own. As usual, you will be impressed by the wonderful atmosphere which creates unforgettable memories!


Podgórskie Kolędowanie


5. Exhibition of Tamara Lempicka

Dates: 09.09.22 - 12.03.22
Address: Gmach Główny, al. 3 Maja 1

Exhibition at the National Museum in Krakow. The exhibition of Tamara Lempicka is an opportunity to enter the visual world of one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century. Here you can view over thirty paintings from museums and private collections in Europe and the United States of America. From well-known portraits and nudes, which today are a symbol of art deco painting, through socially engaged works, still lifes, and little-known abstract paintings created in the 1950s, the exhibition will showcase Lempicka’s extraordinary body of work. At the exhibition you can also see the photographic portraits of Lempicka made by outstanding photographers.




6. The Nutcracker in Kraków Opera

Dates: 26.01.23, 11:00
Address: Kraków Opera, ul. Lubicz 48

Kraków Opera presents the charming ballet telling the story of young Clara’s adventures in a fairytale land where her toys come to life, including her beloved nutcracker. The play is a true classic, enchanting, delighting and entertaining audiences for well over a century. The Kraków Opera gets into the festive spirit with one of the most popular and enduring ballets: Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.


The Nutcracker


7. Festive New Year Concert

Dates: 08.01.23, 18:00
Address: Centrum Kultury Dworek Białoprądnicki, ul. Papiernicza.

Festive New Year Concert of the Fresco Sonare Orchestra and choir. A very charming New Year's concert of the Fresco Sonare Youth Chamber Orchestra and Insieme Choir conducted by Monika Bachowska. During the concert we will hear the most beautiful carols from all over the world, for example, based on Old English folk songs or Gustav Holst's "Suite of St. Paul". In addition, the repertoire will also include light, well-known works by Antoni Dworzak or Johann Strauss. The entrance is free of charge.


Koncert świąteczno-noworoczny


8. Galeria Krakowska Ice Rink

Dates: Seasonal spot open until the end of February
Address: Pl. Jana Nowaka Jeziorańskiego

Every winter, Galeria Krakowska’s outdoor ice rink welcomes ice skating enthusiasts who come to skate with the family in a lovely setting right in the city center. No matter your grace or skill level, a trip to the ice skating rink is always a fun winter activity. They offer changing rooms, and an equipment rental shop. Come and have fun during this essential winter activity!

Tickets: PLN 15/12, 10 PLN for skate rental

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 9.00 – 21.30, Sunday: 10.00 – 20:30.




9. Helena Rubinstein: First Lady of Beauty

Dates: 25.10.22 - 17.04.23
Address: GALICIA JEWISH MUSEUM,  ul. Dajwór 18

The Galicia Jewish Museum is pleased to invite you to an exhibition recounting the incredible life of Helena Rubinstein (1872–1965), prepared in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Vienna. 2022 marks Helena Rubinstein’s 150th birthday and the 120th anniversary of the launch of the Rubinstein brand. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to learn about the life of this outstanding Cracovian woman. When she died in 1965, Helena Rubinstein was considered to be the wealthiest woman of her time and one of the first to become so through her own efforts.

Visitors can feel the spirit of the era thanks to the rich visual materials, including previously unknown photographs from the Krakow stage of Rubinstein's life and examples of cosmetics from different times.


Helena Rubinstein


10. Concerts at St. Martin's

Dates: 29.01.23
Address: Church of St. Martin,  ul. Grodzka 58

Concerts of early classical music in the Church of St. Martin, organized by the Polish Bach Society, take place once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Their performers are renowned artists, as well as outstanding students of the Academy of Music in Krakow. Every concert is preceded by an introduction, bringing the audience closer to the concert's repertoire (in Polish).

In January the concert of classical music features Krakow’s organist Adam Widzinski and an ensemble of trumpeters and trombonists.



Photo: @krakowcityguide
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