Experience The Magic Of Prague’s Christmas Markets

Once a year, the streets of Prague are flooded with the spirit of Christmas. The scents of frying meats and steaming pastries drift down its alleys. Twinkling lights adorn artisan booths. The Medieval city rumbles with traditions and songs that have been passed down through generations.

As the capital of the Czech Republic (or Czechia), Prague is home to one of Europe’s best Christmas markets. Spread across its architectural marvels, dozens of booths open from the end of November to the beginning of January. If you’re looking for a holiday as cozy as it is dazzling, the Christmas markets in Prague are not to be missed.

Christmas The Czech Way

Czechia’s Christmas traditions are some of the most unique in the world. Preparations begin months in advance for celebrations that occur throughout the winter season.

Many Czechs follow the Advent calendar and typically count down to the big feast with small gifts. Santa Claus visits on December 6th, rather than at the end of the month, leaving treats in shoes and stockings. Rather than Saint Nick, tradition dictates that it’s actually Jesus that brings presents on the big night.

The holiday is observed on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas Day. December 24th is crowned by a giant feast with family and friends, enjoying fried carp and delicious pastries. It wouldn’t be a Czech Christmas without a round of strong spirits, toasting the health and happiness of loved ones.

The Christmas markets are also a key part of Czech celebrations. They have been a tradition in the country for generations and draw thousands of visitors each year. Prague is especially famous for its gorgeous stalls, shining like stars between the city’s ornate castles and jutting towers

Where To See The Christmas Markets In Prague

Prague is famous for its unique architecture and stunning city views. In the winter, its Gothic buildings are garnished with artisan decorations to ring in the new year. Christmas markets pop up across multiple locations in the metropolis. Here are the best ones to see in 2022.

Old Town Square Christmas Market

Prague’s Old Town Christmas Market is definitely the city’s most picturesque. Nestled in the capital’s renowned Old Town, visitors are treated to views of the ornate Týn Church and legendary Astronomical Clock. Mulled wine, roasted meat, and other Christmas treats are offered at dozens of stalls. As the largest and most popular of the markets, its quaint stalls light up the base of a massive tree that towers above its ancient cobblestones.

Visitors hoping to spice up their New Year’s Eve celebrations should also plan to visit this market especially. It provides an excellent view of fireworks at night and is close to many of the city’s best restaurants and pubs.

  • Location: Old Town Square
  • Dates: November 26th, 2022 to January 6th, 2023
  • Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Entry Cost: Free

Wenceslas Square Christmas Market

The Christmas market in Wenceslas Square is another must-see around the holidays. Overlooked by the magnificent National Museum, this market is a truly stunning experience. Statues and a large Christmas tree at the base of the square welcome visitors to eat and drink local favorites.

  • Location: Wenceslas Square
  • Dates: November 26th, 2022 to January 6th, 2023
  • Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Entry Cost: Free

Prague Castle Christmas Market

Another popular Christmas market takes place in the courtyard of Prague’s most opulent structure. The Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world. In the wintertime, it transforms into a picture-worthy scene as wooden chalets overtake its exterior. It is a great destination to take in the city’s fascinating history as well as find some inspiration for presents. Delicious food and drinks are available to kick off the new year.

  • Location: Prague Castle, in the square behind the Cathedral of St Vitus, St Wenceslas, and St Adalbert
  • Dates: November 23rd, 2022 to January 6th, 2023
  • Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
    • What it is: A hollow cake that is spun around on a spit as it bakes. It’s typically covered in sugar, cinnamon, and other delicious spices.Entry Cost: Free

      What To Try At Prague’s Christmas Markets

      Prague has an excellent food scene. Its Christmas delicacies are some of the best in the world. Here are some local favorites that should definitely be sampled at its Christmas markets.

      Klobása

      • Translation: Sausage
      • What it is: A grilled sausage that is usually a deep red and has extra spices, hearty brown bread, and mustard are served alongside it. Czechs typically also wash it down with a pint of local beer.

      Trdelnik

  • Svařák

    • What it is: A hot wine with hints of citrus and cinnamon. More tart than sweet, it’s a perfect drink to lift the spirits and warm the body.

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