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Christmas Fair in Old Town
December 19, 2007   
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Crowds came to watch the Christmas lights being switched on in Warsaw's Old Town Dec. 8 by the city's mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.

On the newly renovated Zamkowy Square onlookers could admire a 26-meter Christmas tree as well as shop at a Christmas Fair.

The event is very popular and is a fixture on the capital's pre-Christmas calendar. A fair of wooden huts was set up on Zamkowy Square, where producers from around Poland promoted their specialty goods. You could buy honey, cakes, cheeses from the Wielkopolska and Podlasie regions, ham on the bone, smoked and boiled ham, black pudding and lard from the Podhale region and other regional produce. Visitors love the many bread varieties-you can't get bread like that at the supermarket.

There was also a forester's lodge at the fair surrounded by trees from Polish forests. The miniature forest was made up of several dozen Christmas trees placed in pots by the State Forests Authority. Experts conducted educational workshops for young people and taught them about the role and importance of forests and forest ecology.
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