The Warmia Christmas Fair
A Christmas atmosphere is already present in Olsztyn’s Old Town from mid-December. Here comes Santa straight from Lapland, reindeer from the Arctic Circle and real sled dogs. And all this – and much more – thanks to the Warmia Christmas.
The history of Christmas fairs dates back to the 13th century. Until today its tradition is mostly cultivated in Austria and Germany, and the Vienna or Berlin fairs are the finest in the world. But you do not have to travel so far in order to feel the real magic of Christmas. Just visit the capital of Warmia and Mazury.
The first Warmia Christmas Fair, as the only one in the region, was organized in 2009 and it proved to be no small event. From now on, every year the Old Town becomes a truly fabulous space for a few December days, all thanks to the colorful illuminations and impressive mapping projections on the local buildings. Once passing the High Gate, you can move to a different reality – full of fragrant spruce and - although snow covered - emanating with the warmth of glittering lights, colourful decorations and cheerful music.
Something for the kids...
In such a positive atmosphere, a lot of attractions are awaiting, especially for the little ones. The program does not lack of nativity performances, competitions and meetings with Santa Claus. A regular guest here is a Running Wolf, who promotes the Eskimo culture and organizes dog sledding. The accompanying pack of huskies always arouses the enthusiasm of the children. There are also stilt walkers, carolers and one can go for a carousel ride or enjoy their time in Santa’s carriage. Raising huge admiration, even among the elderly, is the Garden of Ice Figures on the Fish Market. Every year there are sculptures of different themes. One can already see, among others, architectural ice wonders of the world or nativity scenes.
...and something for adults
Although more than one adult will have the opportunity to feel like a kid here, they can also count on other sensations such as extreme shows of fire dance, the concerts of local bands, stars of the Polish music scene and musicians from abroad. Not only stomping to the music will be warming you up, but also hot drinks served by numerous diners in the old town. Additionally, the visitors can choose from plenty of traditional local food products, as well as obtain regional handicraft and Christmas decorations.