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Christmas Market in Gdansk in 2021

by Maciek

Gdansk Christmas Market

Although not as known as its counterpart in Berlin, Christmas Market in Gdansk is getting more and more popular in recent years. It’s smaller and less crowded than St. Dominics Fair that takes place during summer but still attracts citizens and tourists to the city centre. This year, despite Covid, Christmas Market in Gdansk starts on the 19th of November and lasts until the 24th of December. Contrary to Dominikanski Fair, which is spread all over the Main and Old Town, Christmas Market is mainly concentrated around Targ Weglowy and Wyzynna Gate.

Below we present the map of Gdansk Christmas Fair in 2021:

Map of Christmas Market in Gdansk in 2021
Christmas Fair in Gdansk map (fot. archiwum MTG www.bozonarodzeniowy.pl)
Gdansk Christmas Fair - Stalls
Gdansk Christmas Fair – Stalls

Main attractions of the Christmas Market

Christmas Market in Gdansk will be divided into thematic zones:

St. Nicholas’ Corner

A place where you can meet the real St. Nicholas! This is where the traditional Christmas tree of Young Gdańsk residents will be located and decorated by the youngest residents with hand-made decorations. 

The Venetian carousel that is located here was created especially for this year’s edition of the Christmas Market in the Italian manufacture. There is also a novelty – the luminous throne of St. Nicholas. A gigantic snowball with a special bicycle will appear in Santa’s Corner, thanks to which we will have snow during the whole fair. Another new must-see attraction is the Speaking Box Katarzynka . For gourmands, there are houses with delicacies, hot chocolate, gingerbread or chocolate-covered fruit.

Elk’s Corner

Lucek the Elk will visit the Christmas Fair again, and this time he will be accompanied by the Magic Igloo. Next to Elk’s Corner is Boguslawskiego Street – a new area at the Fair. You may do here Christmas Shopping – hand-made products and craft.

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Joyful Corner

A zone for gluttons. Food, drink and of course – traditional mulled wine. We invite you to a feast at the Christmas Market, where the glow of lights, the penetrating scent of mulled wine and tasty delicacies will warm up cold winter days. You will be able to spend time here, meet friends and soak up the real Christmas atmosphere.

Food court

But Christmas Market is not only about shopping and entertainment. A food court will work until 1st of January, where snacks from all over Europe may be tasted, including Spanish churros, Hungarian Langos and German Bratwurst. Of course, there will be some Polish and Kashubian food and drinks (hot wine!) as well, to warm you up in the cold evening.

Gdansk Christmas Fair - Food Court
Gdansk Christmas Fair – Food Court

Advent Gate with Calendar

This is the first time 5 meters high, Advent candle holder shaped gate will be presented at the Fair. Every day from 1st until 23rd of December at 17-18 one window of Advent Gate will be opened exposing a Christmas gift.

Christmas market in Gdansk - Advent gate
Christmas market in Gdansk – Advent gate

Programme of Christmas Market in Gdansk 

Gdansk Christmas Market will be started with Winter Parade on the 20th of November. You will find the complete programme of the fair below.

Saturday / 20 November

17:00–18:30 WINTER PARADE – “Winter, winter, it’s raining, it’s snowing …” Location: Tkacka Street, Boguslawskiego Street

FOR THE OPENING OF THE CHRISTMAS FAIR
White, frosty, sparkling, full of bells sounds. Beautiful white and silver figures in silver make-up, moving their LED wings to the rhythm of snare drums, with sweeping movements evoke snowy winter for Christmas.

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Sunday / 21 November

17.00-17.40 CHRISTMAS READING – “Gdańsk legends told anew” (Location: Targ Weglowy)

Katarzyna Czaykowska and Dominika Ikonnikow read Gdańsk legends – both popular and completely unknown.

Tuesday / 23 November

17.00-17.20, 17.40-18.00 CHRISTMAS MUSICING ON THE GATE (Advent Gate)

Wednesday / 24 November

16.30-16.50, 17.10-17.30 CHRISTMAS SONGS (Location: stage at Targ Weglowy)

Thursday / 25 November

17.00-17.20, 17.40-18.00 CHRISTMAS MUSICING ON THE GATE (Advent Gate)

Friday / 26 November

16.30-16.50, 17.10-17.30 CHRISTMAS MUSICING ON THE GATE (Advent Gate)

Saturday / 27 November

18.00-19.00 LET’S MEET AT LOT! (Waly Jagiellonskie Street, LOT building next to Wyzynna Gate)
We invite you to the 60th birthday of this iconic, modernist building. Everyone made an appointment there, everyone knows this place. The program includes a vernissage of an open-air exhibition, a joint birthday photo and a cake in the shape of a LOT.

Sunday / 28 November

15.30-16.30 CHRISTMAS FAIRY – “How Elves invented a fairy tale for Santa Claus” (Location: Stage at Targ Weglowy)
Elf Strawberry and Elf Blaszka receive an urgent task from Santa. They have to come up with a fairy tale that will be told to the children when they visit their homes. Humorous dialogues and catchy songs prevent viewers from getting bored even for a moment.

17.00-17.40 CHRISTMAS READING – “Gdansk legends told anew” (Location: Targ Weglowy)

Katarzyna Czaykowska and Dominika Ikonnikow read Gdansk legends – both popular and completely unknown.

Tuesday / 30 November

17.00-18.00 TODAY A SHADOW OF WAX WILL SHOW WHAT LIFE GIVES YOU AS A GIFT
A great journey, a lottery win or a great love? Come and see what St. Andrew’s pouring of wax will tell you.

Wednesday / 1 December

17.00-17.20, 17.40-18.00 Christmas Music at the Gate (Advent Gate)

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18.00 Secrets of the Advent Calendar. We open Window no. 1

Thursday / 2 December

17.00-17.20, 17.40-18.00 Christmas Music at the Gate (Advent Gate)

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Friday / 3 December

16.30-16.50, 17.10-17.30 Christmas Music at the Gate – Jazz Christmas (Advent Gate)

Polish Christmas carols and American Christmas standards in a smooth jazz arrangement.

18.00 Secrets of the Advent Calendar. We open Window no. 3

Saturday / 4 December

17.00-17.30 Christmas Songs – Capella Gedanesis (Location: Targ Weglowy)

Feel the unique atmosphere of Christmas thanks to the wonderful sound of the choir.

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Sunday / 5 December

14.00- Christmas Sightseeing – a Walk in the footsteps of Gdansk Legends (Location: Targ Weglowy)

Katarzyna Czaykowska and Dominika Ikonnikow, licensed guides, as well as the authors of the book “Gdansk Legends Told Again ” invite you for a walk along the route of Gdańsk legends. Realization: Gdansk Tourist Organization / NOTE! entries are valid from November 23 at https://spacery.gcb.visitgdansk.com/home.qbpage

15:00-19: 00 Pomeranian Foresters Welcome (Location: Targ Węglowy, stage / stand of the State Forests)
Demonstrations of creating magical, forest-scented Christmas decorations, healthy food from Polish forests, a food truck with delicious venison snacks, as well as interesting facts from the life of the forest, falconry shows, music painted in the forest by the Hunting Whistleblower Team and the Forest Wheel of Fortune and other competitions with interesting prizes.

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17.00 Gdansk Christmas Tree, Welcome to St. Nicholas
Santa Claus comes to Gdańsk and lights up the lamps on the Gdansk Christmas tree. Look for his boat in the waters of Motlawa! Santa Claus will also come to the Fair.

17.45 CHRISTMAS FAIRY – “Meeting with Santa Claus”
after lighting up the Christmas tree at the Long Market, Santa Claus invites everyone to the fair stage.

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Monday / 6 December

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Tuesday / 7 December

17.00-17.20, 17.40-18.00 Christmas Music at the Gate (Advent Gate)

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Wednesday / 8 December

17.00 – 18.30 Santa’s Parade (Location: Tkacka Street, Boguslawskiego Street)
Christmas is getting closer and closer, so the Fair will be visited by: Saint Nicholas the Bishop, Angels , Snowmen, Rudolf Red-nosed, Snowman and Santa Elves.

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Thursday / 9 December

16.30 – 17.30 Christmas Songs (Location: Stage at Targ Weglowy)

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Friday / 10 December

16.30-16.50, 17.00-17.20 Christmas Music – Carillon Christmas
Gdansk is the only city in Poland that has a unique mobile carillon, which consists of 48 bells with a total weight of almost five tons. During the Fair, Carillon Mobilny of Gdansk will play the Christmas repertoire.

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Saturday / 11 December

15.30 Christmas Songs (Location: Stage at Targ Weglowy)

16.30-16.50, 17.00-17.20 Christmas Music – Carillon Christmas
Gdansk is the only city in Poland that has a unique mobile carillon, which consists of 48 bells with a total weight of almost five tons. During the Fair, Carillon Mobilny of Gdansk will play the Christmas repertoire.

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Sunday / 12 December

15.30-16.30 CHRISTMAS FAIRY – “A Christmas Carol” (Location: Stage at Targ Weglowy)

A theatrical story about Scrooge, an insensitive to human harm, who becomes a good man as a result of ghost visits on Christmas Eve. The performance is a warning, but also a refreshment. Festive music and an optimistic ending
create the atmosphere of the most joyful Christmas, both for children and adults.

16.30-16.50, 17.00-17.20 Christmas Music – Carillon Christmas
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Monday / 13 December

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Tuesday / 14 December

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Wednesday / 15 December

17.00-17.20 Christmas Songs
17.00 – 18.30 Parade of the Nutcraper
This evening, the fair will be visited by fairy-tale characters: The Nutcracker, Lead Soldiers , Clown, Shepherdess, Princess Pirlipata, King Mouse, Gertrude and Eliza dolls.

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Thursday / 16 December

17.00-17.20, 17.40-18.00 Christmas Music at the Gate (Advent Gate)

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Friday / 17 December

17.00-17.20, 17.40-18.00 Christmas Music at the Gate (Advent Gate)

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Saturday / 18 December

16.30-16.50, 17.10-17.30 Christmas Music at the Gate – Jazz Christmas (Advent Gate)

Polish Christmas carols and American Christmas standards in a smooth jazz arrangement.

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Sunday / 19 December

15.30-16.30 Christmas Fairy – “Peasant nativity scene”
In the old days, during the Christmas season, carolers would travel from hut to hut with a nativity scene and dolls. It is this custom that the spectacle evokes. The actors sing with enthusiasm of country carolers, spreading the good news to the world. Fast action, melancholy and funny story at the same time.

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Monday / 20 December

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Tuesday / 21 December

16.30 – 17.30 Christmas Songs (Location: Stage at Targ Weglowy)

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Wednesday / 22 December

17.00 – 18.30 Parade (Location: Targ Weglowy, Tkacka Street, Boguslawskiego Street)
Singing and colourful parade of the Gdańsk Song and Dance Ensemble

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Thursday / 23 December

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