Prague and numerous other Czech cities turn into "the most magical Christmas towns" during the winter months. From mulled wine to live carols, some of the country’s most beautiful markets open their doors during the festive season and are waiting to be explored!
As you might have already guessed Prague’s Old Town Square hosts a magical and a medieval Christmas market. The square is filled with stalls full of food and drinks, gifts, ornaments and much more. The market gets a magical feel to it from the live music and horse carriages, which roam around the square. The market also organises numerous fun workshops for kids.
Old town squareOld Town Square, Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
The other market that also dominates the city centre, can be found on Wenceslas Square, which becomes a rather popular attraction for visitors and tourists. As you approach the square on foot, you will be able to smell the spices from the mulled wine, roasted sausages and cabbage, and get mesmerised by the traditional trdelnik- bread dough baked on iron turning bars.
Wenceslas SquareVáclavské nám. 846/1, 110 00 Praha 1-Můstek, Czechia
Czechia’s second largest city holds a tree lighting ceremony at the end of November on the liberty/freedom square, the largest square in Brno. The market fills the younger generation with excitement, with pony rides and a variety of festive marry-go-rounds. You can treat yourself to a traditional funnel cake, roasted chestnuts, Moravian plum pies, cabbage and meat specialities. The Christmas tree is surrounded by stalls, which sell handicraft items and traditional gifts. For more gift shopping find your way on to Radnicka Street, where you will come across the Old City Hall, which is filled with gifts and crafts, sold during the December Design days.
Located in the south-east of the country, it hosts a very popular Christmas market on its Upper Square. The market is a rather festive destination with live concerts, performers and bands playing every evening until Christmas Eve. Unlike other markets in the country, Olomouc offers the possibility to try the original Nuremberg hot wine, and enjoy free ice-skating, all the way until February. While you are in Olomouc, don’t forget to check out the Holy Trinity Column.
Upper SquareHorní nám. 367/5, 779 00 Olomouc, Czechia
Cesky Krumlov has a very familial and cosy winter vibe to it, as every year St. Nicholas walks around the Svornosti Square collecting letters from children, while Christmas carols are sung around the Christmas tree. Kids have the chance to also experience a live nativity with baby Jesus, just like in fairy-tales. Visiting and being part of this Christmas market is a really one of a kind experience.
Svornosti squarenám. Svornosti 5, Vnitřní Město, 381 01 Český Krumlov-Český Krumlov 1, Czechia
The Bohemian city located in the South of the country, hosts a traditional Christmas market on the Premysl Otakar II Square. At the market you can purchase traditional crafts, gifts and ornaments, while listening to live carols. This market is also a special destination, as it hosts traditional folklore groups preforming during the Christmas season. Like in all other markets, you can enjoy the typical mulled wine and much more! For any beer lovers out there, don't miss out on checking out the Budejovicke Budvar Brewery.
Premysl Otakar II SquareNám. Přemysla Otakara II, 370 01 České Budějovice, Czechia
Budejovicke Budvar BreweryKarolíny Světlé, 370 04 České Budějovice, Czechia
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