New Year's Eve in Krakow

While some brave the cold and snow and venture to Krakow in December just to experience the beautiful Christmas Market, those looking for a different type of party would be wise to stick around for the New Year. In Krakow, New Year's Eve is a big deal, with its epicentre being the Market Square. On the evening of December 31st, thousands of Cracovians and visitors brave the cold (or put on a thick alcohol blanket to keep warm) and venture to the Market Square, where the evening begins with a series of free rock concerts by some of the biggest Polish stars. Right before midnight, the countdown begins, and at the sound of the bells from St. Mary's Cathedral a procession of fireworks lights up the night sky.

Those preferring a more elegant and warmer night out should make a reservation at their favourite restaurant or bar as soon as possible, as tickets go fast, especially to the more opulent affairs. Generally, a reservation entails a dinner or snacks, drinks, and of course the obligatory midnight glass of champagne. Reservations range from a couple hundred zlotys to the thousands, depending on whether you prefer black tie or black and tans. But more important than where you spend your New Year's Eve is who you spend it with, so be sure to practice your Polish pick-up lines before you're stuck by yourself for the midnight kiss!
Not sure where you'll stay for New Year's? You'll want a nice warm and comfortable place to hide from the cold in (not to mention to recover in the morning after New Year's), and there's nothing better than your very own apartment. The folks at Krakow Apartments can set you up right away, so be sure to book before you head to Krakow for all the holiday revelries!

 

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Roland from Hungary Reply Dec 18th, 2016

I am driving in on the 29th Dec from Hungary to Krakow! Coming back on the 3rd of January :)

Richard Pencil from Ireland Reply Dec 22nd, 2008

I am flying in on the 30th Dec with a few other guys. If anyone has tickets to cool niteclubs for sale (with a given price) or has recomendations for somewhere fun that is still available let me know. Thanks

Phill from United Kingdom Reply Nov 21st, 2008

Hi There Are you doing any guides for NYE 2008 as I will be partying in Krakow this year. If anyone has any ideas of clubs i will be able to get tickets on the day please let me know as I do not fly in till NYE. Thanks,

Cengiz from Turkey Reply Nov 12th, 2008

I have been in krakow, it was great city i have ever seen.It was like tale citiy, it mekes you feel like a tale hero..:) like peter pan like a harry potter.... ever part of the city has diferent secrets.. very impressive..

Cengiz from Turkey Reply Nov 12th, 2008

I have been in krakow, it was great city i have ever seen.It was like tale citiy, it mekes you feel like a tale hero..:) like peter pan like a harry potter.... ever part of the city has diferent secrets.. very impressive..

Sir Slinkalot from United Kingdom Reply Dec 5th, 2007

spent new year's eve 2005 in Krakow. Was amazing. music, fireworks, champagne on th streets and then into a club... even got lucky! happy days