Prague’s world famous Christmas Markets have started, and we have your quick guide of where to go and what to see, along with the best feature of each.
Old Town Square
Best for: The picturesque setting
Through Jan 6, 10:00 to 22:00
It’s no surprise that Old Town Square is home to Prague’s largest and most picturesque Christmas market, complete with a towering, 31-meter-tall Christmas tree, nativity scene and concert stage in addition to its food and gift vendors. The square is a must-visit for holiday shoppers, if not for the photo opportunities alone.
Best for: Laid-back shoppers
Through Dec 30, 10:00 to 22:00
For visitors looking to take a break from the craziness of Old Town without losing its magic, Náměstí Republiky is the place. Located within walking distance of Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, Namesti Republiky hosts market stalls on the cobblestoned area in front of the impressive Municipal House and the Palladium shopping center. It’s also one of the best markets for traditional Czech market foods, like barbecued pork and blood sausages.
Best for: Sightseers
Through Jan 6, 9 :00 – 18:00 weekdays and through 19:00 weekends
Last year, the Prague Castle hosted a Christmas market for the first time in history at the courtyard of St. George’s Basilica. The market returns this Christmas as one of the earliest to hit Prague. If you’re pressed for time, the Castle market is the perfect way to hit two mandatory sights in one visit.
Best for: Efficient shopping
Through Jan 1, 10:00 – 22:00
Visiting this shopping hub may be the most efficient way to check off your holiday gift list. Here, time-pressed shoppers can bounce from the decked-out market stalls to the dozens of big name shops and department stores that line the square.
Best for: The “local” experience
Through Dec 24, 10:00 – 19:00
The romantic, intimate Christmas markets at Náměstí Míru are perhaps the only stands frequented by more Czechs than tourists. These markets prize handmade goods like soaps and lotions, wooden toys, and scarves over touristy gimmicks, and the square’s stunning view of the neo-Gothic Church of Saint Ludmila only adds to the fairytale atmosphere. These are also the first markets to kick off Christmas season, with a selection of over 60 stalls.
Náplavka Market & Heřmaňák
Best for: Winter Farmer’s Market
Náplavka: Christmas Farmer’s Market- 2nd, 9th and 16th December
New Year’s Eve Market- 30th December -08:00-14:00
Heřmaňák: Christmas Farmer’s Market- 2nd and 16th December
New Year’s Eve Market- 30th December- 10:00-15:00
If you’re cooking over the holidays, take note – these markets are famous for their straight from the farm produce and goods. The popular summer markets go all out with the traditional winter markets. Live carp is even available for a traditional Czech Christmas. We’d recommend asking your hotel before putting in your room’s bathtub.
Not enough Christmas Markets for you? Then you should definitely venture on to Brno. Our friends at Honest Guide give you a quick break down of what makes this market so great!