UPADTED – 2015 Guide to Prague Christmas Markets
Prague is a beautiful city to visit all year round however at Christmas time the city transforms into a magical winter wonderland and if you’re lucky you may even get some snow! Think gingerbread men, roasted chestnuts, Christmas cookies and mulled wine paired with beautiful wooden stalls, sparkling fairy lights, beautifully decorated Christmas Trees and carp (we’ll get to that later on!) and you start to get the picture.
There are heaps of fantastic Christmas markets through Europe during the festive season and Prague’s Christmas Markets are quickly becoming popular for lovers of all things Christmasy. So here’s my guide to the city’s festive Christmas markets including some of the lesser known ones too!
Old Town Square
By far the biggest and most picturesque – the annual Christmas Market in Prague’s Old Town Square is a must visit. A beautiful tree shipped in from the Krkonoše mountains takes center stage, adorned with twinkling fairy lights and shimmering decorations. Traditional log cabins fill the square selling Christmas ornaments and gifts as well as a small petting zoo for children and a stage playing festive music throughout the day. By far the best thing here is the beautiful Nativity Scene and the delicious mouth-watering smells of cinnamon, smoked ham and mulled wine!
Open: November 28, 2015 – January 3, 2016; 10 am – 10 pm (food stalls stay open till midnight)
Located adjacent to the two huge shopping malls of Palladium and Kotva, this smaller market is a bustling scene throughout the day. Its log cabin stalls sell a variety of winter gifts including wool slippers and gloves as well as wooden toys and lace table wear. There is also a variety of food stalls here which makes it great for s pot of lunch. Grab a sausage and a warm cup of mulled wine and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.
There is also a small farmers market in the smaller square opposite the Uni Credit Bank. Here you will find hand-made crafts and gifts as well as a range of food stalls and fresh produce.
Open: November 25 – December 24, 2014; 10 am – 7 pm (Some food vendors are open until later)
Probably the second most visited market due to its central location, Wenceslas Square Christmas Market is a delight to wander around. Smaller than that of Old Town Square and Namesti Republiky, it is perfectly positioned in the center of Prague’s shopping district and just a short stroll from the Old Town making it a perfect stop while Christmas shopping.
Open: November 28, 2014 – January 3, 2015; 10 am – 10 pm (Some food vendors stay open till midnight)
A favorite market of mine, this all year round historic market is a must see if not for its heritage but also for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busier markets. As the oldest open air market in Prague, Havelska Market transforms for Christmas, selling a range of wooden toys, cackling puppets and Christmas trinkets as well as fresh produce and traditional souvenirs.
Open: All Year round; Daily from 9 am – 6 pm
Nestled in the residential area of Prague, Náměstí Miru is an off the beaten path market and worth a visit for a laid back atmosphere. With a more local feel you will find more hand-crafted jewellery and gifts here at lower prices than the center.
Open: November 20 – December 24, 2014; 10 am – 7 pm