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As it does every year, Prague becomes a true winter wonderland setting from November 30 to January 6. Although Prague is a wonderful destination in the Czech Republic year-round, during the Christmas period in particular this medieval capital city welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Every year, a theme is assigned to the Christmas Markets in Prague. In 2018, the theme was fairy tales. The theme for 2019 will be announced at the end of November. For both visitors and locals alike, Prague is a great place to enjoy the wholesome festive spirit that one can only experience when visiting Christmas markets in Europe.

best Christmas markets in Prague

Ranked among the top ten Christmas markets in the world, the markets are made up of brightly decorated chalet-like wooden huts where visitors can buy a multitude of handicrafts, including ceramics, jewelry, embroidered lace, wooden toys, scented candles, ornaments, hats and gloves and everything in between. You can even find puppets and dolls dressed in traditional costume sold mainly during the Christmas season.

best christmas markets in prague

1. Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)

The two main markets in Prague, or Vánoční trhy as they are known in Czech, are always held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The markets are in an easy-to-reach central location and are a 5 minute-walk from each other. While both markets are delightful, the market in Old Town Square is perhaps the most-beloved Christmas market of all.

In the center of the market, you will find the traditional mighty Christmas tree, transported from the forests of the Liberec region of the Czech Republic, whose lights are switched on every day at 4:30 pm. What makes the Christmas market in this square a cut above the rest is the number of beautiful oddities of the square itself that can be enjoyed year-round.

One of the more notable is the Prazsky Orloj or the Prague Astronomical Clock. It not only rivals the clock in St. Mark’s Clock Tower in Venice, it comes into its own during the Christmas celebration that focuses so much on brightness, warmth and kindness. Listening to its musical merriment, you may well wonder if the clock and its display were designed specifically for these comforting aspects of Yuletide joy.

The areas where the markets are located is walking distance to most of the city's important sites and more importantly, boasts several accommodation options to choose from. The two most popular areas to stay in for Christmas markets in Prague are the Old Town area (also known as Prague One), where you can find Old Town Square and a handful of the city’s main attractions, and anywhere near Wenceslas Square in the New Town.

One of the favored accommodations in the area is the Radisson Blu Hotel Prague, particularly during high season, as it conveniently located nearby the city and its most popular sites. It is a 9-minute walk from the market on Wenceslas Square and 17-minute walk from the one in Old Town Square.

Get into the festive mood and browse stalls. Enjoy the Christmas carols and indulge in the traditional savory and hearty food while sipping on a hot cup (or two) of Glögg, or mulled wine. Popular food on offer includes large hams roasted on spits (Pražská Šunka); barbecued sausages (klobása); Hungarian flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup (langoš).

You can also taste pancakes (palačinky) and a variety of sweets and cakes, such as spicy gingerbread and a hot sugar-coated pastry (trdelník).

best christmas markets in prague

2. Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

If you are short on time and have some last-minute Christmas shopping to do, the charming streets of Wenceslas Square are lined with plenty of shops to get you in the mood to browse the amazingly diverse and invitingly lit Christmas stalls at location. However, if what you are looking for is a more historical, cozy and true-to-Prague visit, head straight for the market in the Late Medieval Old Town Square.

best christmas markets in prague

Celebrating Christmas in Prague means basking in the all-round festive atmosphere of the markets to then unwind from the pre-Christmas shopping madness at the many special holiday concerts and events held throughout the city.
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