One of the most exciting times of year to travel to Prague is Christmas, when the city transforms into a magical wonderland of festive joy, with Christmas markets galore serving hearty food and local beverages. Christmas in Prague traditionally starts following the Feast of Mikulas on December 6th, however you will see twinkly lights appearing all over the city around mid November.
Prague at Christmas is a special place, its when the shop windows are bright with sparkling lights, and big, beautiful Christmas trees adorning the town squares. The markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional gifts such as glassware, jewellery wooden toys and much more. As well as a huge range of trinkets, gifts and souvenirs, you will also have the chance to see spectacular performances and partake in festive arts and crafts.
The oldest Christmas market in Prague takes place in the famous Old Town Square. Boasting the official Prague Christmas tree adorned with hundreds of lights, the square is full of life and excitement this time of year. This is the busiest of all the markets in the city, and offers not just stalls, but also a Bethlehem stable with live animals which is fantastic fun for the children. In the daytime you will hear the carolling from local school children, and in the evening there will be concerts and plays held on the open air stage. The old town square market is just a stone’s throw from Almandine Apartments and is open from November 26th to January 6th every day from 10am to 10pm.
Suggested eats & drinks:
- Grog – A festive rum based beverage
- Medovina – Czech honey wine
- Svavrene Vino – Mulled wine
- Spit Roast- Usually pork served with bread
- Sausages – Parek (Frankfurter style), Klobasa (dark red) and Bavorska (white spiced sausage)
Other fantastic Christmas markets in Prague include the Wenceslas Square market and the Republic Square market with many smaller markets scattered around town.
The festive atmosphere in Prague throughout the period of the Christmas is simply wonderful and truly a winter wonderland. If you’re lucky, it might even snow!