Top things to do in Krakow in December 2021



While in December the days get shorter, the weather gets colder and the nights get darker, Kraków comes alive with twinkling Christmas lights and special holiday events. It’s the final month of 2021, so make it count and make your way through these brilliant things to do in December.
1. Opening of the Museum of Photography-Rakowicka.
2. 79th Kraków Nativity Scenes Contest & exhibition
3. Vege Festival in Kraków
4. Dumplings (Pierogi) of the World Festival
5. The exhibition of Polish National Styles 1890–1918
6. The Exhibition Snow White – Garden of Lights
7. Beer, Wine and Cider Festival. Christmas edition
8. Coffee Festival in Kraków. Christmas edition
9. Kiermash Fair. Christmas edition.
10. Christmas Fair in front of Galeria Kazimierz


1. Opening of the Museum of Photography-Rakowicka

Dates: December 4 - December 5, 11:00 AM-5:30 PM
Address: ul. Rakowicka 22a

The historic building of the former armoury, thoroughly renovated over the last two years, is home to exhibition rooms, a bookshop, café, library and reading room. The opening weekend features several attractions, including the launch of the first temporary exhibition Things Have Changed – highlighting the boom in digital photography and the period of social and economic transformation.



2. 79th Kraków Nativity Scenes Contest & exhibition

Dates: December 2, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Address: Main Market Square & The Krzysztofory Palace, Rynek Główny 35

Building a nativity scene is a unique cultural phenomenon which dates back to the XIX century in Krakow, and this contest has been organised since 1937. It was created in order to preserve this rich local ­tradition.

This year’s cradle competition will be held for the 79th time on Kraków’s main square on December 2, while the results will be announced on December 5. Following tradition, the artworks will be presented in a parade, which starts from the Adam Mickiewicz monument after the noon St. Mary's Trumpet Call.

The nativity scenes will be shown to the public from December 6, 2021 to February 27, 2022 at the post-competition exhibition at the Krzysztofory palace.



3. Vege Festival in Kraków

Dates: 18 December- 19 December
Address: Hala Cracovia

Join the festivities at the Vege Festival and experience a lot of delicious stalls from all over the world! You can enjoy meatless Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Turkish cuisine and more cooked by true enthusiasts.

You can also try vegetable burgers, hot dogs full of crunchy vegetables, healthy delicious street food for everyone; vegan ice cream, chocolate brownies, sweet baklava... In a word, it's just a paradise for vegetarians and vegans.



4. Dumplings (Pierogi) of the World Festival

Dates: 4 December 10:00- 20:00, 5 December, 10:00-18:00
Address: TAURON Arena Kraków, ul. Stanisława Lema 7

We all love dumplings, right?! Depending on the country, they are prepared differently. Stuffed with fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese or potatoes, wrapped in dough from all kinds of flour, including gluten-free, seasoned with sweet and spicy, boiled, fried or baked--there are actually an infinite number of possibilities.

In the festival you’ll be able to taste dumplings both large and small from all around the world: Spanish, Japanese, Tibetan, Indian, and more. There will be plenty to choose from!

Of course, the event will also feature traditional homemade Polish dumplings with seasonal stuffing.



5. The exhibition of Polish National Styles 1890–1918

Dates: July 2 2021 - January 2 2022
Address: Al. 3 Maja 1, National Museum in Krakow

The exhibition of Polish National Styles 1890–1918 opens the series called 4 x Modernity comprising four parts concerning original modernization patterns in Polish art, design and architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibition consists of five parts:

- Examples of Polish national costume of the second half of the 19th century
- Zakopane style
- The national form inspired by folklore art from the region of Hutsulshchyna
- Designs made by artists promoting the idea of a national style related to the Polish Applied Arts Society and the Kraków Workshops
- The significance of the the Exhibition of Architecture and Interiors in a Garden Setting held in Kraków in 1912


6. The Exhibition Snow White – Garden of Lights

Dates: November 5, 2021 - February 27, 2022
Address: ul. Aleja Pokoju 68, Stanisław Lem Science Garden

In a park with an area of 6 hectares you will find almost 30 lighting installations and multimedia attractions in the theme of one of the most wonderful fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm! After crossing the entrance gate in the form of a huge book, you’ll begin a walk through the most important moments from the story of Snow White and the daily life of the 7 dwarves. You’ll visit Dwarf House in the form of a 12-metre light tunnel, a diamond mine and many other attractions such as a multimedia christmas tree created from 30,000 LED lights, as well as laser shows. There’ll be elements of playability for the youngest and many wonderful photo zones.



7. Beer, Wine and Cider Festival. Christmas edition

Dates: December 18 - December 19
Address: Hala Cracovia

The days may be shorter and colder, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop!

Hops, apples and grapes are the theme of this festival. Exhibitors will passionately tell you about traditional methods of brewing craft beer and recommend the perfect wine for the upcoming holidays and gifts.

Come and enjoy the atmosphere, drinks and food!



8. Coffee Festival in Kraków. Christmas edition

Dates: December 4 - December 5
Address: Tauron Arena Kraków, Stanisława Lema 7

Hey, coffee lovers! You simply can’t miss this event 🙂

Great Polish and foreign roasteries - all in one place! You will discover new coffee aromas and flavours in a cosy Christmas atmosphere!

Here you can find your favorite coffee from well-known local cafes, cute ceramics and other coffee items from local stores. This festival will provide you with many samples of fresh crops from all around the world, and you’ll be able to choose gifts for the upcoming holidays.

Enjoy the best specialty roasters and coffee shops with unique beans as well as delicious snacks!



9. Kiermash Fair. Christmas edition

Dates: December 18 - December 19
Address: Muzeum Inżynierii Miejskiej, ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15.

Did you know that the history of Christmas markets goes back over 100 years? And Kiermash gives them a new dimension by combining Christmas traditions with modern trends!

Kiermash is an independent fashion and design fair, where you can find everything in keeping with the ethical and responsible #lesswaste spirit!

You will find Polish brands offering not only clothes, gadgets, accessories and cosmetics for yourself and your home, but also lots of ideas for Christmas gifts.



10. Christmas Fair in front of Galeria Kazimierz

Dates: December 11 - December 23
Address: Galeria Kazimierz

Christmas is coming quickly and there is no better place to enjoy the festive spirit than in Christmas markets. Get into the magic of the Christmas atmosphere and take it home! Galeria Kazimierz invites you to its annual charming Christmas bazaar. Here you will find local exhibitors offering traditional, natural products and handicrafts, which are sure to provide perfect ideas for your loved ones’ gifts and for the best holiday home decoration.

The Christmas fair will be open from 12:00 to 23:00.


Photo: @krakowcityguide


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