Christmas and Christmas markets are the best things about the winter. Those held in Prague can pride themselves on having been voted the most beautiful of these events by the USA Today readers in an extensive opinion poll.
The Prague Christmas markets are also enchanting thanks to their decorations, attractive surroundings and backdrops. However, their most important feature is the true Christmas atmosphere scented with cinnamon and clove. Excellent mulled wine, sweet-smelling trdelnik (pastry), hot mead and juicy ham can be picked up in several places throughout the whole of Prague in the pre-Christmas period. For instance on Wenceslas Square under the National Museum, on Charles Square - the largest square in Europe, near a gem of Art Nouveau architecture – the Municipal House on Republic Square, on Peace Square (náměstí Míru) in Vinohrady or at Prague Castle.
The most popular and largest markets are traditionally held on Old Town Square, which becomes the main centre of pre-Christmas celebrations. Dominated by a huge Christmas tree selected each year from a different region of the Czech Republic, the market is visited by thousands of people every winter. Holding a cup of mulled wine in their hand, they stroll past dozens of stalls with traditional Czech products, hand-crafted decorations or various types of goodies from sugar-coated roasted nuts to excellent sausages and bratwurst. In addition they can admire a display of traditional arts and crafts, such as sword making, or enjoy the extensive additional programme while humming along to the sound of Christmas carols.
On Old Town Square and also in many other places in Prague, you can just immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit. And you will wish it could last all year round.
Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) 2. 12. 2023 – 6. 1. 2024
Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) 2. 12. 2023 – 6. 1. 2024
Republic Square (náměstí Republiky) 2. 12. 2023 – 30. 12. 2023
Tyl’s Square (Tylovo náměstí) 26. 11. 2023 – 24. 12. 2023
Peace Square (náměstí Míru) 20. 11. 2023 – 24. 12. 2023
Smíchov – pedestrian zone Anděl 24. 11. 2023 – 24. 12. 2023