Visiting Prague during the holiday season is a unique and magical experience. Under a thick blanket of snow, the Czech capital becomes something straight out a fairytale. But what to see during this magical time? No doubt about it: the famous Christmas markets. From the end of November, Prague's Christmas markets are the true stars. Winding through the gorgeous city streets, you can fill your bags with decorations, Christmas sweets, wooden toys, Bohemian crystal, and countless other artisanal fares.
Let's start our list of Prague's Christmas markets with the most famous one, the market of Old Town Square (Starom?stské nám?stí). This market, one of the most well-known in Europe, is the largest one in Prague. Here you'll find tons of vendors of every type. You can also participate in the concerts that are held every day.
If you love tradition, then you must go and behold the live nativity complete with farm animals. We suggest going at night: you'll be amazed by the enormous Christmas tree lit by thousands of lights. Fantastic!
Arriving to the Christmas markets found in Wenceslas Square, you'll enjoy picking out the most beautiful decorations to fit your tree, or grabbing some famous Bohemian crystal as a souvenir.
Most of the things sold in this market are handmade, so it's not to be missed if you're in search of wooden toys, gifts made from glass, iron, or steel, because here is where the artisans sell their creations. Among the stands you'll find the best food of the season, like corn on the cob, grilled sausage, gingerbread with honey, roasted nuts, and mulled wine.
In one of the oldest and most beautiful squares, Peace Square (nám?stí Míru), you can find a Christmas market held every year, this one frequented mainly by the citizens of Prague. Peace Square, in the heart of Vinohrady, is absolutely unmissable during this part of the year. It's a place inseparable from its history, with stupendous monuments: The National House of Vinohrady, the Church of Saint Ludmilla, and the Vinohrady Theater. For those looking to experience the city like a local, this market is ideal to fully savor the spirit of Prague.
If you're a food lover, you must absolutely visit the Christmas market in Republic Square (nám?stí Republiky). Try the Czech specialties: roasted ham on a stick, barbecued sausages (not the healthiest, but delicious!), and the cakes and pastries made fresh (try the “trdelník,” a traditional iced pastry). To wash down these delicious tidbits, you can pick among the famous Czech beers: Pilsner Urquell, Budvar, and Staropramen.
Finally, in Tyl Square (Tylovo nám?stí), you can admire the smallest of Prague's Christmas markets. If you're not a fan of chaos, this is the spot for you. There are fewer people, but it's still ideal if you're looking for authentic artisanal fares. Wooden toys and marionettes for kids, granite jewelry (a local Bohemian stone), and crystal sculptures. If you're fond of sweets, try the bread with ginger or Medovina honey liquor. Warm up with a glass of mulled wine listening to the Christmas carols underneath the tree. Magical!
Are you ready to visit Prague's famous Christmas markets now? We think so! It's a unique occasion to find original products and to experience a fairytale Christmas atmosphere.