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The oldest market dates to 1232

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Prague for Christmas is amazingly romantic and family-friendly, when cobblestone streets and red-roofed buildings are dusted in snow. The average temperature is around 2°C, perfect for enjoying indoor and outdoor winter wonderland activities.

Prague Christmas Markets: Four Primary Ones

Prague boasts the country’s most remarkable markets. The most significant, busiest, and oldest Christmas market is in Staroměstské Nám (Old Town Square). Stroll through the Vánoční trhy (Christmas markets) with a cup of svařák (mulled wine) — or a local Czech beer. In the late afternoon, school children sing Christmas carols in the center of the square.

From here it’s a lovely 5-minute stroll to Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square), between New Town and Old Town. In addition to a great Christmas market, it’s also home to one of Prague’s largest shopping malls.

Walk another 5-minutes from Old Town Square to Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square), whose market is smaller and less crowded. Or walk about 15-minutes from Wenceslas Square to a small and joyful market on Náměstí Míru, backed by a beautiful majestic church.

Additional Prague Markets

At Prague Castle, the square fronting St. George’s Basilica hosts a Christmas market. It usually opens the last week in November, a week before other Prague markets.

The year-round Havelské Tržiště (Havel’s Market) has been going daily since 1232. Yes, you read that right: 1232. It’s located on Havelská 13, near Old Town Square. Find everything Christmas at Betlémská kaple (Bethlehem Chapel) at its annual Christmas exhibition.

*Prague Christmas markets are open daily from December 2, 2017 to January 6, 2018. Prague Castle Christmas market opens on November 24, 2017.

Prague Christmas Traditions

December 5: Known as Mikuláš, or St. Nicholas day. You will see Mikuláš in traditional Bishop white clothing. Angels and devils throughout the city squares are on the lookout for which children have been bad and good.

December 20 to January 1: Head to Toulcův dvůr, an inner-city farm where children can play with animals, Christmas exhibitions, and traditional markets.

December 24 : Christmas Day, a quiet day perfect for walking and sightseeing. Do enjoy traditional Czech Christmas dishes including cukroví (traditional Czech Christmas cookies).

December 25 & 26: Nativity scenes are throughout the city but on these two days, a unique live presentation takes place at Prague Castle.

December 31: Head to Old Town Square or Charles Bridge, both of which get crowded. They are also favored by pickpockets, so leave valuables at your hotel.

Prague Sightseeing

Enjoy city views while wrapped in a blanket with a mug of svařák (mulled wine) on a horse and carriage tour. Or take a vintage car tour.

Or take a daytime, nighttime or dinnertime Prague River Cruise. Stroll along Charles Bridge for arts and crafts from local street vendors. Continue walking up Petrín Hill to the Petrín Outlook Tower for stunning city views.

The Prague Zoo offers a unique, annual Christmas program.

Ice skating is always fun: It’s a brief walk from Wenceslas Square to the beautiful rink at Ovocný trh. Alternately, head to the giant TV Tower in Prague 3, and skate under the tower with locals (with crawling babies).

Prague Evenings

Enjoy a classical concert in historical buildings, beautiful churches or the The State Opera House. Or attend The Nutcracker Ballet at the gorgeous National Theatre, a neo-Renaissance building from the 1800’s. For stargazing head to the astronomical Prague Štefánik’s Observatory, on Petřín hill with impressive city views.

More Prague Itineraries

Prague for Romantics … cobblestone streets and sunset from the castle.
Perfect Day in Pilsen … toast one of the Czech Republic’s capitals of beer and culture.
Prague Castle: a short tour … over 1000 years of history.
Prague for Families … fun for the entire family.
The Whimsical Petřín Hill … the only place or 360-degree views.

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