Czech Christmas Markets 2016

Not-to-be-missed Christmas markets in Prague (and beyond) for 2016

It’s finally that time of year again! Follow the scent of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine to one of Prague’s many Christmas markets. The Náměstí Míru market is officially open for business and the rest will follow soon.

The traditional markets bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to Prague every winter. The seasonal fairs, special events and a 31-meter tall Christmas tree Old Town Square bring as much enjoyment to locals as they do for visitors. Hand-blown glass ornaments, carefully sculpted wooden toys and colorfully-knitted hats are just a few of the wonderful gifts that you can find here.

Náměstí Míru:

On November 20th, the Náměstí Míru Christmas market welcomed its first visitors of this holiday season. The 75 decorated stalls sit in front of St. Ludmila Church and light up beautifully at night. Along with a wide selection of hand-made crafts, the market is a great place to relish typical winter refreshments like chocolate crepes and hot Christmas-spiced drinks. You can visit the market until December 24th.

Old Town Square:

Known for being the largest Christmas market in Prague, this is the busiest and perhaps most exciting place to visit. This year there will be an impressive 31-meter tall Christmas tree standing, as usual, by the stage that will offer Christmas concerts and short plays throughout the season.

The market will be open from November 26th until January 6th and you can buy gifts and trinkets until as late as 10 PM. Food, including delicious mulled wine prepared using the traditional Czech recipe, are available until midnight.

Prague Castle:

For the second year in a row, Prague Castle will be hosting a Christmas market that will open on November 25th. You can enjoy the advent atmosphere right under the historic castle every day from 9:00 – 19:00 (20:00 on weekends). This market will offer the usual Christmas goods with an extra awesome view of Prague and will run until January 6th.

There are many more Christmas markets in Prague including:

Náměstí Republiky: open from November 26th until December 30th
Wenceslas Square: open from November 26th until January 6th
Tylovo náměstí (I.P. Pavlova): open from November 23rd
Výstaviště: December 2nd until December 4th between 10:00 and 18:00


Prague isn’t the only place to enjoy Christmas markets! Brno, Český Krumlov and even Olomouc are hosting unique markets that are worth a visit.

Brno:

This year there will be three Christmas markets in Brno; the biggest taking place in Liberty Square. If you come on November 30th you can witness the lighting of the tree! Until December 23rd, you can enjoy live music, awesome gifts and delicious traditional Czech Christmas pies.

Český Krumlov:

Featuring a live nativity scene, Svornost Square will host markets, carol-singing, traditional food and wintery drinks. There will be a fancy large Christmas tree in the square from November 29th until the Three Kings holiday on January 6th. The best time to come for markets are weekends when the small town is bustling with holiday spirit.

Olomouc:


This lesser-known city in the Northeast hosts a spectacular Christmas market on the Upper Square. The tree will be lit early this year – on November 24th! Until Christmas Eve, you can enjoy daily concerts and the one and only Nuremberg wine. If this isn’t enough to motivate you, there’s a free ice skating rink that makes Olomouc the place to be this holiday season.

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