Warsaw and Krakow offer major holiday celebrations, but many festivals are celebrated throughout Poland during the winter season.
Independence Day - November 11The Independence Day Festivals in Poland take place throughout the country, but Warsaw's celebrations are the most enthusiastic. Parades and an annual marathon mark the day's events.
The Krakow Christmas Market is the most popular Christmas market in Poland, but Christmas markets pop up in other Polish cities, like Warsaw and Wroclaw, during the month of December.
Silent Film Festival - DecemberKrakow hosts a Silent Film Festival during the month of December. Classic silent films are accompanied by live music at a central theater in Krakow.
Christmas Crib Contest - DecemberKrakow's Christmas Crib Contest draws craftsman and their entries - cribs that are decorated with inspiration from past tradition - to the Old Market before they are judged by a panel from the Krakow History Museum.
Christmas Eve - December 24Christmas Eve is primarily a family holiday in Poland, celebrated with elaborate dinners, but midnight masses are given in Poland's chruches. Most of the Christmas festivities take place on this day rather than Christmas, which is primarily a day for visiting friends, relatives, and neighbors.
New Year's Eve - December 31Celebrate New Year's Eve in Krakow or Warsaw, where the main squares are filled with celebrants. After theclock strikes midnight, continue the party at the cities' bars, pubs, clubs, or restaurants.
Wawel Evenings - JanuaryWawel Castle
hosts live classical music concerts through the month of January. Wawel Castle is located in Krakow, and is within a short distance of the city center.
Fat Thursday Festival and ShrovetideFat Thursday, celebrated on the last Thursday before Lent, is recognized all over Poland. This festival is marked by the widespread feasting on traditional sweet pastries and other goodies. Shrovetide is also celebrated with traditional foods and entertainment.