Natovity Scene in the Krzysztofory

Monday, December 11, 2023 - Sunday, February 25, 2024

  • Monday, December 11, 2023 - Sunday, February 25, 2024
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On the day of the contest, nativity scene makers will start arriving in the Main Market Square early in the morning, hoping to find the best place to present their works on the steps at the foot of Adam Mickiewicz Monument. After the bugle call at 12.00 am, the contestants will form a procession and walk around the square towards the stage, which is where the official presentation of their works will take place. The results will be announced on Sunday, 10 December. All the nativity scenes will be traditionally displayed at the contest exhibition at Krzysztofory Palace.

For whom: for children, for families
Other: open air event, free admission

The Krzysztofory Palace

Rynek Główny 35

Here you can see how Kraków has changed over the centuries, and in winter also marvel at the fabulously colourful Kraków nativity scenes.

The impressive historical mansion (called “palace”) standing on the corner of the Main Market Square is the main seat of the Museum of Krakow, which boasts several other branches. One of its highlights is the beautiful arcaded loggia of the courtyard, while the stately interiors have retained baroque stuccowork from the 18th century, and 18th-and 19th-century murals. Legend has it that the cellars and dungeons of the mansion reach as far as below St Mary’s Church, and the premises are likewise said to have housed a secret alchemist’s laboratory. Some say that even today you can meet a devil here who assumes the guise of a rooster to tempt rogues into his underground realm with a promise of discovering treasure…

Also held in the mansion are temporary exhibitions. Every December, the museum organises a competition on the Main Market Square of the famous Kraków nativity scenes. These are based on city’s most iconic architectural heritage, whether entire edifices or just details, on the Main Market Square. Later, the post-competition presentation of these fabulously colourful miniature wonders of architecture can be admired at the Krzysztofory.

Tickets to permanent exhibition PLN 28/24, family PLN 56, group members PLN 24/22

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