Despite arriving in Warsaw a little too early for the season’s festivities and the iconic Christmas markets to begin, we managed to make our trip still feel Christmassy thanks to the winter ‘light festival’ at Wilanow Palace.
During the festival, the gardens of the Royal Palace are transformed into a magical display of light. Entry costs the equivalent to just a couple of pounds (slightly higher during the weekends and booking ahead is also recommended) and we spent around two hours in total wondering around the beautiful gardens and snapping pics of the various light installations.
There’s something about those tiny twinkling bulbs that make you feel so much warmer and Christmassy inside. I have to admit, we were a little skeptical before reaching the palace. We were staying right in the centre of Warsaw and the palace is located a 30 minute bus-ride from our hostel, to start with. It’s also actually in a really weird part of the city – the bus drops you off by the side of the road near a McDonald’s and (especially in the cold dark of the evening) it all feels a little odd.
However, we needn’t have been pessimistic at all. The palace and the displays were simply beautiful and I’m so glad we made time in our itinerary to pay a visit and check out the annual installation.
So here are some photos (I took a lot!) of the grounds and the pretty light sculptures. It was a lovely festive way to spend an evening and I’d thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in Warsaw next time the event is on.
As you can see, lovely and unique and so very festive! Now to wait for the ‘big day itself’….