Old Town Square tree will be from Liberec

The tree is currently in danger of damaging a house if it falls

This years Christmas tree for Prague’s Old Town Square will come from Rynoltice in the Liberec region. The tree lighting is scheduled for Dec. 1.

No details about the tree lighting have been released, but in recent years it took place several times during the day to control the size of crowds.

The market at Old Town Square will open Dec. 1 at 10 am and run until Jan. 6, 2019, at 10 pm, with refreshment,stands open until midnight.

Every year the organizers of the Christmas market at the square, the firm Taiko, ask the public for suggestions a tree, with an emphasis on finding a tree that was going to be cut down anyway. Some three dozen trees were suggested.

The one selected is a 23-meter spruce that was growing on a lawn. It was not near other trees, so it has dense and even branches.

The owner was concerned that it had grown so large that if it fell in a storm it would damage his house. “If the wind starts blowing, I always say, if it lasts and the tree falls, I will have it in the living room. I am sorry to lose it, but it will still make a lot of people happy,” tree donor Svatomír Moc said.

The tree still has to be approved by dendrologists to ensure it is sturdy enough to stand in public after it is cut down. If experts do not find any problem, the spruce will be cut down Sunday, Nov. 25, Last year’s tree was a twenty-four-meter spruce from near Křivoklát.

The holiday markets open relatively late this year because Advent starts on Dec. 2. The season starts with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and can fall between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3.

The Old Town Square market is the largest in Prague, but not the only one. Others are at Wenceslas Square, Prague Castle, Kampa, náměstí Míru. náměstí Republiky, Tylovo náměstí, Anděl and náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, among other locations. Full schedules have not been announced.

The tree can be seen here: www.facebook.com/praguemarkets.

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