Christmas markets are a key ingredient of the festive magic in the Czech Republic. And the Prague Christmas markets are the country’s most impressive, lighting up the city, bringing locals and tourists together to share in the spirit in a ‘winter wonderland’ setting.
The main Christmas markets are held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (5 minutes’ walk from each other).
The markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts: glassware, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metalware, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves and scarves, and puppets and dolls beautifully dressed in traditional costumes.
But the Christmas markets are not just about shopping. Visitors can also observe traditional foods being made, and sample all manner of local food and drink. Outdoor Christmas shopping is so much nicer with a cup of hot mulled wine in your hand!
Most impressive of all is the Christmas tree, shipped in from Česká Lípa, which is north of Prague. The tree is erected at the Old Town Square and draped in a blaze of lights. It is switched on every night around 5pm, and makes a spectacular sight, set against Prague’s dark gothic skyline.
Wenceslas Square has its own brightly lit Christmas tree too, which can be admired from all around.
The festive atmosphere in Prague throughout December is simply wonderful!