New Year's Eve in Kraków
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The Competition of Cracovian Nativity Scenes has become a tradition long awaited by locals and tourists. The Cribs depicting Christmas Scenes refer to the characteristic architecture of Cracovian monuments and have already become a kind of Cracow's symbol – specific only for this place.
This year the competition took place on December 5 and it was the 71th edition. Cribs were presented near the monument of Adam Mickiewicz on the Cracovian Main Square. As every year, competition collected large number of participants, who were presenting many interesting works.
The competition of the Nativity Scenes has always enjoyed great popularity. It is open to everyone – regardless of age, experience or place of living. According to the Historical Museum of Krakow every year the number of participants estimates about 120-160 people. Most of the participants (what is worth highlighting) are children and youth – what makes the appearance of their cribs to be often surprising and original. The origin of the competition dates back to 1937. It was invented by art historian Jerzy Dobrzycki.
During the exhibition you can admire all the scenes that participated in the competition. It is open from 9 December and located in The Krzysztofory Palace (Main Square 35). It is a very popular event, so exhibition is open every day (Sunday – Thursday from 9.00 to 18.00, Friday – Saturday from 9.00 to 19.00). Tickets cost 8 PLN (normal) and 6 PLN (reduced). On Mondays there is a special price – 3 PLN.