Ask the concierge @Intercontinental. Warsaw #102

by Lukasz Ciemuchowski
Head Concierge
@InterContinental WarszawaMember of Les Clefs d’Or

Dear Warsaw In Your Pocket readers,

I send you a warm welcome to Warsaw at this cold time of the year. This cold period does not mean that Warsaw will be taking a nap. On the contrary – this will be a hot one with many activities which will warm you up. Let me introduce a few…

Concerning Illumination.

You shouldn’t miss the Royal Garden of Lights – an exhibition which is held at the Wilanow Park. Colourful diodes create tunnels, shapes and forms made of light which will take you to a fairy tale world.

Other illuminations in Warsaw which will attract you are the annual Christmas lights which appears at the beginning of December on the main streets of the city centre, the Royal Route and the Old Town. It reflects the time of the upcoming Christmas and guarantees a very special atmosphere in the city.

Speaking about Christmas…

The Christmas Markets are good places to visit if you would like to bring your relatives a unique souvenir from Poland or would like simply to feel the atmosphere of this special time.

This year one Christmas Market will be set in the very centre of Warsaw – just between the Zlote Tarasy shopping mall and the railway station. You will find 28 huts with handcrafts, Christmas decorations and many culinary specialties from the different regions of the country.

A Christmas Market can also be found in the Old Town situated parallel to the fortifications from the Royal Castle Square to the Barbican.

The New Year’s Eve Celebration.

At the time of writing it is still uncertain where the main city party will take place. All indications are that it will take place at the Defilad Square in front of the Palace of Culture and Science. That being the case then the area surrounding the Palace and Culture will be the place to admire the fireworks.

If you would like to stay active and not to lose your fine form after celebrating at the Christmas table and New Year’s Eve I recommend a visit to the National Stadium which becomes the largest skating rink in Warsaw and also offers bumper cars, curling and an ice slope. The 5th winter addition of the Zimowy Narodowy begins on December 2 and will last until the beginning of March.

I wish all Warsaw In Your Pocket readers an unforgettable stay in Warsaw.


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