Christmas markets opening for 2018 season

Prague’s squares will be filled with stands with gifts and food

Prague is known worldwide for its Christmas market at Old Town Square, which makes Top 10 lists in many publications travel sections, but there are several others.

New this year is a special market at Manifesto, between Masarykovo nádraží and the Florenc bus terminal. This one will have heated igloos and lots of food options.

Old Town Square will have a large entertainment program on its stage. The same company runs the markets at Wenceslas Square and one of the two at Náměstí Republiky.

A highlight at Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square is when the mayor serves free carp soup on Dec. 24 in the morning, though details for this year have not been released yet.

The evening of Dec. 5 is Svatý Mikuláš Eve, and parents take their kids to Old Town Square to meed St Nicholas, the Devil and the Angel, though Devils tend to outnumber the others two by a large margin.

Local people tend to avoid the central markets, which are a bit touristy and go to the outer ones. Náměstí Míru is a favourite for people who want something a bit less hectic, and with more traditional Czech items.

There are also short-term markets at two expo centres and the IWAP Christmas Market for charity, a one-day event.

Prague 1
Old Town Square
When: Dec.1 – Jan. 6ánoční-trhy-Praha

Wenceslas Square
When: Dec.1 – Jan. 6ánoční-trhy-Praha

Náměstí Republiky (Palladium)
Dec. 1– 30

Náměstí Republiky
Nov 25 – Dec. 24

Nov. 22 – Dec. 23 on Thursdays to Sundays

Prague Castle
Sv. Jiří courtyard
Nov. 23 – Jan. 6

Prague 2
Náměstí Míru
Nov. 20 – Dec. 24

Tylovo náměstí
Nov. 23 – Dec. 24

Prague 3
Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad
Nov. 30 – Dec. 24

Prague 5
Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Expo centers
Vánoční trhy Výstaviště Praha (Holešovice)
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

PVA Expo Praha, Letňany
Dec. 13 –16

IWAP Christmas Market
Hotel International Prague
Dec 8, 11 am till 5 pm

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