Every December the historic city centre (the Old Town and Krakowskie Przedmiescie St.) turns into a Christmas amusement park, full of light decorations and seasonal markets. The festive atmosphere lasts until the end of January.
The winter lights display switched on in December 2016 covered approximately 20 km of streets and cost 6. 5 million PLN (divide by 4 to get the amount in EURO or USD). What is more, every year there are ice rinks built in different parts of the city. Traditionally there is one prepared in the middle of the Old Town Market Sq. The 2016/2017 winter season it is open every day, from 10.30 -to 21.30 and you can enjoy the winter recreation until February 28, 2017.
The winter city activities provide us all with a unique opportunity to see Warsaw in a festive mood. But let’s not forget that the area of the ice rink is, what we may call, the new Old Town of Warsaw. During the WWII, more than 85% of the city historic centre was destroyed, but a reconstruction campaign started by the Polish citizens resulted in a comprehensive rebuilding of the historic centre after 1945. So, when you get tired of romantic walks and chilly weather – visit one of the Old Town museums; to warm up and to learn more on the district’s past. My favourites are: the Royal Castle and the Warsaw Museum, both of them with a very informative documentary films on the history of the city.
For more city walks in winter and in summer click our Warsaw section.