The Warsaw Christmas tree has lit up

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Mayor of the City of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski on Castle Square speaking to people just after turning on the Christmas tree lighting on Castle Square
Author: Rafał Motyl

The capital is already lit up by Christmas illumination. It was symbolically activated by Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski by turning on the Christmas tree illumination on the Castle Square. Earlier, lights shone on Trakt Królewski (the Royal Route) and the Old Town.

The Mayor arrived in the Old Town by a unique, festive tram, which will run on line 9 starting Sunday. Traditionally, as each year, there will also be a Christmas bus on the capital's streets. There will also be a metro train with a special coat of paint. 

At 7 p.m., the lights on the nearly 28 metres tall Christmas tree were festively lit. The Mayor, in the company of children, turned on the illumination using a large button. 

Apart from the capital's residents, the event at the square was also attended by out neighbours from over the eastern border, who are looking for a bit of peace and laughter in Warsaw. 

The Trakt Królewski lit up by Christmas illumination (opens in a new tab) will become a promenade – on all December weekends it will be excluded from car traffic and will be reserved for walking only. 

With the current energy crisis, Warsaw's Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski decided to turn off the illumination every day before midnight. This has a symbolic dimension, because the illumination has been based on energy-saving eco-LEDs for many years. 

Earlier, at 13.00, an ice rink was opened on the Old Town Square. The inauguration was attended by Deputy President Renata Kaznowska. This most beautiful ice rink in Warsaw will be open daily from 13.00 to 21.00.