Christmas Markets in Prague, Czech Republic (2019) – All You Need To Know

Christmas Markets in Prague in Czech Republic are definitely among the most magical holiday fairs in Europe. The city itself is truly stunning, and in this time of the year, with long evenings filled with Christmas lights it’s just a fairytale.

Christmas Time in Prague

Snow makes Prague even more like a perfect fairytale

Snow makes Prague even more like a perfect fairytale

Immerse yourself in the truly “Christmassy” atmosphere in one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe: Prague.

Christmas markets in Prague will impress you with the variety and quality of the local handicraft products they offer. Kids will love the Bethlehem scene – a stable with live animals. To make you enjoy all of it even more, you will have plenty of delicious dishes and sweets to try, wherever you go.

Here is all you need to know: the most typical gifts, traditional drinks and sweets to taste, and the location and opening times of the best markets in town.

Gifts to buy on Christmas Markets in Prague

Krtek - mole - is Czech's favourite cartoon character and one of Czech icons - Christmas bulbs with Krtek are a funny gift from Prague

Krtek – mole – is Czech’s favourite cartoon character and one of Czech icons – Christmas bulbs with Krtek are a funny gift from Prague

For advice on the most typical Czech products, read our article Shopping in Prague.

There are plenty of Czech products that will make perfect gifts. Some of the best include the following:

  • wooden toys,
  • ceramics,
  • hand-made scarves and hats,
  • jewellery,
  • laces,
  • puppets,
  • traditional hand-made Christmas decorations,
  • local sweets and alcohol.

Typical drinks to taste on Christmas Markets in Prague

On Prague Christmas markets you will find many drinks to warm up, especially with grog and mulled wine

On Prague Christmas markets you will find many drinks to warm up, especially with grog and mulled wine

Typical Czech winter drinks include not only the obvious ones like mulled wine and hot chocolate, but also some unique surprises. These include in particular:

  • Medovina – honey wine, drunk hot, like mulled wine (careful! notwithstanding it’s innocent sweetness it’s quite strong! ;)
  • Grog – a hot alcoholic drink made of rum, lemon and sugar.

Typical food to taste on Christmas Markets in Prague

Trdelnik - traditional sweet pastry rolls from Prague

Trdelnik – traditional sweet pastry rolls from Prague

The food you must try in the Czech capital include:

  • Pražská Šunka – ham roasted on spits,
  • Grilled sausages, very popular with the locals,
  • and many other hearty hot food options that you will find in the stalls.

Try the local sweets:

  • Trdelník – traditional warm pastry,
  • Palačinky – pancakes,
  • Perníčky – extra-spicy gingerbread,
  • Oplatky – exquisite Czech wafers.

Read all about the best Czech food and sweets to try in Prague!

Typical Czech Food – 25 Traditional Dishes & Desserts

Locations of Prague Christmas Markets

The main Christmas markets in Prague are located in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, which are only 5 mins walking from one another. Read on to see the location of all 5 markets of the city.

1. Christmas Market in Staroměstské náměstí in Prague (Old Town Square)

Splendid setting of Christmas market in Staroměstské náměstí in Prague, Czech Republic

Splendid setting of Christmas market in Staroměstské náměstí in Prague, Czech Republic

The main Prague market offers the greatest attractions. Apart from huge and lively fair, it also includes live performances and Christmas carol concerts. There are a lot of interesting products on sale, including clothing, accessories, toys and local handicrafts. It is located among some of the most beautiful buildings of Prague and it is a great place to be.

Address: Staroměstské náměstí, Prague

Opening time: 30 November 2019 – 6th January 2020

Daily 10 am – 10 pm, food stands remain open till midnight

2. Christmas Market in Václavské náměstí in Prague (Wenceslas Square)

Christmas Market in Václavské náměstí in Prague

Christmas Market in Václavské náměstí in Prague

Here, you will find a great selection of artisan products, including wooden items (decoration, toys, utensils) and hand-made metal objects. It is also a great place to eat and drink typical local products.

Address: Václavské náměstí, Prague

Opening time: 30 November 2019 – 6th January 2020

Daily 10 am – 10 pm, food stands remain open till midnight

3. Christmas Market in the Prague Castle

Small but lovely Christmas market in the Prague Castle

Small but lovely Christmas market in the Prague Castle

Smaller, but incredibly charming Christmas market is located at the Prague Castle: at Náměstí U Svatého Jiří (St George’s Square), with the superb background of  St. Vitus Cathedral and the castle buildings. You will find here artisan products and local delicacies.

Address: Náměstí U Svatého Jiří, Prague

Opening time: 23 November 2019 – 6th January 2020

Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm and Friday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm.

4. Other Christmas Markets in Prague

You will find other attractive Christmas markets and stalls here:

  • Náměstí Republiky 
  • Náměstí Míru

Read more on Shopping in Prague in our article

See for Yourself the Christmas Atmosphere in Prague

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Enjoy your trip!

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