Prague Christmas Markets Perfect Winter Escape

Prague Christmas markets are held in the city centre and in the suburbs from late November to early January. Main Christmas markets in the centre are at Old Town Square, Republiky (Republic) square and Wenceslas Square. Smaller markets, mainly local affairs, are outside the centre in the Vinohrady and Smichov districts. Prague Christmas markets are in various parts of the city. The only snag is how to find them. This is no problem when you join a guided Christmas Markets Tour.

1. Prague Christmas markets at Old Town Square

Date: 30 November 2019 – 6 January 2020
Open: 10.00 – 22.00 hours, food stands until midnight
This is the largest and busiest of Prague Christmas Markets and features carol singing, live shows and folk dance performances. Children will love the small petting zoo and feeding the sheep and donkeys. Wander along the wooden chalets, drink mulled wine and eat traditional snacks. Buy handmade craft gifts, toys, jewelry, winter clothing and accessories. Be sure to attend the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the last Saturday in November. From that day on, when the sun is down, the fairy lights of the tree turn on and illuminate the night sky of Prague.

2. Christmas market in Wenceslas Square

Date: 30 November 2019 – 6 January 2020
Open: 10.00 – 22.00 hours, food stands until midnight
Wenceslas Square is the second largest of Prague Christmas markets and specializes in handmade wooden gifts. You will find here traditional handcrafted souvenirs and unusual one-of-a-kind gifts. Be sure to taste delicious warming drinks such as hot chocolate or spiced mulled wines and traditional Christmas snacks like langose (deep-fried pizza with garlic and grated cheese), trdelnik (freshly made dough sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar) and pancakes.

3. Castle of Prague Christmas markets

Date: 23 November 2019 – 6 January 2020
Location: St George’s Square and at the Stable yard
Open: 09.00 – 18.00 hours Monday to Thursday, 09.00 – 19.00 Friday, Saturday and Sunday
This Christmas market is famous for vendors offering a wide selection of upmarket Christmas goods such as advent calendars and wreaths, mistletoe, candles, candle holders and festive delicacies. Svarene vino, Czech for mulled wine, sweet and well spiced, and frequently spiked with stronger stuff. Drink a mug or two of medovina, honey wine or mead, to fight off the cold and buy a bottle to take home.

4. Christmas market at Republiky Square

Date: 25 November – 24 December 2019
Open: 10.00- 19.00 hours
A small Christmas market compared to the one in Old Town Square but with a wide selection of Christmas goods such as hand-blown and hand-painted glass ornaments, purpura, seasonal version of potpourri composed of cinnamon and other winter spices and pottery ware decorated in folkloric patterns and an excellent selection of festive food.

5. Christmas markets at namesti Miru

Date: 20 November – 24 December 2019
Open: 10.00 – 19.00 hours
Christmas markets at namesti Miru only has 60 huts but with a wide selection of traditional Christmas goods including Christmas tree decorations, handicrafts, glassware, wooden toys, winter accessories, gingerbread, sweets, mulled wine and seasonal snacks. This is a small markets and the first Christmas market to open during the festive season. It is mostly visited by locals and much more affordable than other markets.

 

What’s on the Czech Christmas Menu?

Carp! As simple as that. Plastic barrels full of live carp fill the streets just before Christmas. Carp is the Czech answer to turkey in the Anglo-Saxon world. Fresh, that is the number one requirement and served with potato salad. Another popular Christmas dish is sauerkraut soup. Christmas shopping becomes even more fun with a glass of mulled wine and Prague sausages served with sauerkraut and mustard.
Read on: Carp Massacre at Christmas in Prague

Prague Christmas Markets
Find opening hours of Christmas markets in Prague at the official website of Prague

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