On Friday, the traditional Christmas market begins on the Main Market Square in Krakow. Polish and foreign exhibitors show and sell regional, original handicrafts, activities made of fabrics and wood, but also delicacies.
Christmas markets on the Main Square have been offered for over 30 years. They put tourists and locals in a festive mood. The British newspaper “The Times” ranked the Krakow fair as one of the most interesting special Christmas fairs worth visiting.
“This is a place where you can find a Christmas gift in every direction. After successful shopping, everyone can eat at the food stands and right next to the stage to see artistic performances” – help describe the events of the Krakow Merchants’ Congregation, which organizes the market.
As announced, as part of this year’s fair, merchants from all over Poland will present goods in 85 legal and gastronomic kiosks. Merchants from Italy, Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Hungary will also host, and their decorative stands will feature, among others, regional products, cakes, sweets, meats, cheeses and sausages, bread, jewelery made of fabrics and wood, handicrafts made of linen and cosmetics, ceramics.
The city’s friends with Krakow – Lviv and Kyiv – also have stands. There are no specified charitable organizations that will allocate funds from the fair to their budgets. As in previous years, one of the points belongs to Poczta Polska, where you can share Christmas cards and letters.
The decoration of the fair is a nativity scene made by a sculptor and folk artist, Józef Lasik from Stryszawa. The market square was decorated with over 500 spruces and illuminations in the color of warm white light.
Events, which run until January 1, will accompany artistic events, e.g. performances of choirs, a group of carol singers, folklore products, an accordion concert.
On the Krakow market The main process for assembling a Christmas tree near St. Mary’s Basilica. A 15-meter spruce will stand at the main beginning of the week, the ceremonial lighting of the lights will take place on December 3. As announced by the city council, the tree is decorated with 26,000 energy-saving lights and plays with icicles imitating the melting of ice. The Christmas tree will also be decorated with over thousands of inlaid bubbles. All spruce decorations are designed to consume less energy than a household kettle.