During the festive season, the city of Prague turns into a winter wonderland. Visitors will be able to buy great gifts and treats from the Christmas Markets that take place in this amazing city. Every year, Prague plays host to the most impressive Christmas markets (or vánoční trhy to the locals) in the Czech Republic. The stylish and comfortable Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague, is conveniently located just minutes away from the best Christmas markets in the city.
Old Town Charm
The Old Town of Prague is a stunning site no matter what time of year you visit, but at Christmas it is filled with storybook charm. With gorgeous architecture, ancient buildings, cobbled streets and snug boutiques, it’s the perfect setting for the busiest Christmas market in Prague. From the end of November until the start of January, the historic Square at the heart of Old Town Prague is transformed into a haven for Christmas shoppers. Each year a special Christmas tree is brought in to the Old Town Square from the northern Krkonose Mountains. The amazing tree is festooned with golden lights, which shine on the shoppers every evening.
The Old Town Square Christmas market also has a nativity scene set up to view, and a stable for families to visit, where children can see farm animals including donkeys and goats. There’s also a stage for performances of carols and other festive entertainment. It’s easy to pass the time strolling around the atmospheric Christmas Market at Old Town Square, picking up gifts to take home. Vendors in the decorative wooden huts of the Christmas market sell everything from jewellery and glassware to traditional dolls and ornaments. You can also pick up local crafts and take home some Czech Christmas potpourri. You can warm yourself up as you stroll through the market by enjoying roast ham, Czech Christmas biscuits, warm sugary pastries and hot mulled wine.
We recommend that you take a trip up the tower of the Old Town Hall for some glittering panoramic views of Prague and the Old Town Square Christmas market at night.
A short walk from the Old Town Square market is another popular Christmas market in Prague, the Christmas market at Wenceslas Square. From the end of November until early to mid-January, Wenceslas Square hosts stalls selling handmade gifts, including metalware, ceramics, candles, hats and lace. Although a little smaller than the Old Town Square Christmas market – it’s just as pretty, dominated by another huge twinkling Christmas tree. As well as the gift stalls you can enjoy hot and cold food and drink, including famous Czech beers and Czech muffins.
During December, generally until Christmas Eve, you’ll find smaller Christmas markets in Prague. Republic Square is home to a Christmas market selling gifts and food, while locals often shop at Peace Square – normally the first Christmas Market in Prague to open each year. Early December, Holešovice Exhibition Grounds hold their annual Christmas market, selling handmade goods by local makers and artists.