Advent and Christmas in Plzeň
Every year, there is a Christmas market on Republic Square in Plzeň. The square is full of Christmas atmosphere and the scents of mulled wine, punch, and Christmas cookies. There is also a rich cultural programme, including carols, a Christmas tree lighting, and a living nativity scene.
There are dozens of stalls with craft products and craft demonstrations, as well as refreshments and tasty regional specialties. During Advent, there are also special guided Advent tours in the centre of Plzeň that take you through the history of Christmas and regional Christmas customs and traditions. The Gothic St Bartholomew’s Cathedral is the main sanctuary in the city, and, in addition to regular church services throughout the Advent season, there are concerts and a nativity scene on display. The cathedral tower offers an interesting view of the city decorated with Christmas lights.