Since ancient times, Czech Republic capital has become synonymous with charm and during Christmas, the city is transformed into a winter fairytale. Its Christmas markets in Prague are a true paradise for the senses, where the sparkling lights, the scent of spices and the festive atmosphere envelop you in a warm embrace.
You will find a city completely different from other dates, full of markets with craft stalls, Christmas decorations, mulled wine and food, lots of food!
In addition to shopping and delicacies, Prague’s markets are full of entertainment and activities for all ages. From musical performances to folk dances and children’s fairs, there is always something exciting for every visitor. Here we go!
Infomation about Christmas markets in Prague
1. Old Town Square Market
- Opening hours: 2 December to 6 January
- Open daily: 10:00 to 22:00 (food stalls are open until 00:00).
The biggest and most important Christmas market in Prague. It is located in the Old Town Square, the most characteristic place of the city where you can also find its famous astronomical clock. There is a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the square, they put a small platform where you can climb to take better pictures, which is very nice.
The Christmas market in the same square is one of the most complete of the city, with a variety of food, drinks, handmade Christmas decorations and the imposing Tyn church in the background, a 100% Christmas environment!
2. Wenceslas Square Christmas market
- Dates: December 2 to January 6
- Open daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (food stalls are open until 00:00).
It has two markets, one on each side of the square.
The market that is located in front of the National Museum of Prague, is mainly food and drink stalls. I don’t know about anything else, but prepare your stomach because in Prague at Christmas time you can eat a lot and very well!
At the other end of the square, next to the Mustek metro stop, is the other market, this one has a beautiful Christmas tree, food stalls and also some craft stalls.
3. Prague Castle Christmas Market
- Location: Hradčany street, 119 08 Prague 1
- Dates: December 2 to January 6
- Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 18:00.
Friday to Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00.
Special opening hours on Christmas Eve from 9:00 to 17:00.
The Prague Castle Christmas market is located behind the Cathedral of St. Vitus, is tiny and most are food stalls. It is practically impossible to pass by and not eat something, for sure the intoxicating aroma of some Czech recipe will catch your attention!
Access to the market is free. If you have already visited the castle on a previous visit to the city, you can visit just the market.
4. Peace Square Christmas Market (náměstí Míru)
- Dates: November 24 to December 24
- Opening: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, early in the morning you will mostly find fruit and local products.
Peace Square Christmas Market is not very big but we found it very coquettish, the stalls with little gifts and Christmas decorations were mostly handmade and very nice, ideal if you have to buy some souvenirs.
It is located at the foot of the Church of St. Ludmila and, although there were people, there are less than in the center.
In the same square is the metro stop Náměstí Míru.
5. Havel Christmas Market, the oldest in Prague
- Location: Havelská 13, 110 00 Staré Město
- Dates: November 19 to January 6
- Open daily: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, first thing in the morning you will especially find fruit and local products.
This market is open all year round, it is the oldest in the country (dating from 1232 no less) but during the Advent season they decorate it and give it a Christmas touch. It is very close to the Old Town Square and the ice skating rink.
Nowadays you can also find stalls selling local vegetables from Czech farmers. Some stalls also offer handmade Czech glass and glass jewellery at decent prices, tasty wafers, decorative boxes, homemade honey and wooden toys, all of which can make great gifts from a trip to Prague during Christmas time.
6. Tyl Square Christmas Market (Tylovo náměstí)
- Dates: December 2 to December 24
- Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00
You will find Tyl Square between the I.P. Pavlova metro stop and Náměstí Míru. This square is not one of the big ones and there are certainly no crowds of tourists. It has about 20 stalls offering the classic Christmas assortment. You can have a brew, griotka or hot chocolate.
One of the nicest stands is the stand of honey goods. The friendly sales lady is happy to show a large number of candles. You can find candles in the shape of angels, animals, flowers, Christmas candles…or buy honey or honey wine.
The Christmas market on Tyl Square is definitely worth a visit.
7. Christmas houses near Charles Bridge
- Dates: November 26 through January 6
- Open from 10:00 to 21:00.
The “Christmas Nativity Scenes” are a few booths on the bank of the New Town, I have no doubt that you will find them without looking for them because crossing the Charles Bridge is one of the must do in Prague.
I wouldn’t call it a market, but it’s great for a snack after crossing the Charles Bridge, like a tapa of grilled Prague ham.
8. Christmas market in the Republic Square or Náměstí Republiky
- Dates: from November 23 until December 24
- Open every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Republic Square and its adjacent streets are already putting on their Christmas coats. The spruce tree was brought to the Republic Square from Dýšina will not be lit until the first Sunday of Advent on 3 December, when a cultural programme will be prepared in the square.
The Advent market will start on 23 November and will last for a whole month. Visitors can look forward not only to stalls and a nativity scene, but also to popular attractions such as a carousel, bell ringers and a Ferris wheel. There will also be live animals and a Pilsner potter. There will be daily concerts during the market.
9. Angel Christmas Market (Vánoční trhy Anděl)
- Location: Pedestrian zone Anděl, 150 00, Prague
- Dates: from November 24 to December 23
- Hours: from 10:00 to 19:00.
Christmas market in Smichov, in the pedestrian zone near the Anděl metro station. The decorated stalls offer mainly classic Christmas goods, gifts and refreshments.
The festivities begin with the lighting of the Christmas tree on Monday, December 3 (6pm) and end on December 23 (7pm). The accompanying programme will run from 15:30 to 18:30 each day.
10. Ice skating rinks in Prague at Christmas
Prague has two ice skating rinks at Christmas time
- Ice Skating on Ovocný trh (in the center): It is the most central and you will surely pass by it on your visit to Prague. It will be open from 10:00 to 22:00 in December and January, but the exact dates are to be confirmed.
- Žižkov TV Tower: It is located a bit further from the center and you will have to take public transport to the metro stop Jiřího z Poděbrad (Line A). This ice rink is open all winter long.
You can also take the opportunity to go up to the TV Tower observatory located 93 meters high.
Christmas in the Fata Morgana greenhouse
- Location: Trojská 800/196, 171 00 Praha-Troja
Refresh your pleasant walk in Prague before Christmas with a visit to the Botanical Garden in Troja. Even in the winter months, and especially in the snowy landscape, some flowers will surprise you. Throughout December, the Fata Morgana Botanical Greenhouse offers you inspiration for original Advent and Christmas arrangements made from natural materials. The unconventional nativity scene is definitely worth admiring.
The Fata Morgana greenhouse is closed on Mondays !
Nativity scenes in Bethlehem Chapel
Location: Betlémské nám. 255/4, 110 00 Staré Město
Christmas is inseparable from the nativity scenes. As every year, you can see the most beautiful nativity scenes made of the most diverse materials in the Bethlehem Chapel.
At the exhibition, you will be treated to the sight of nativity scenes made of all kinds of materials. In addition to classic nativity scenes, themed products will be exhibited. You can admire a crib made of salt, vizovice, gingerbread, yeast dough or bread dough, you can see a fluffy crib made of white snow or marzipan.
Try typical dishes at Prague Christmas markets
One of the essential things to do in Prague at Christmas is to try some of the more or less typical dishes that are all over the city:
- Trdelnik – the most repeated sweet in all markets. It is a grilled cylinder to which you can add chocolate or other toppings. Although we read that this sweet is not originally from the Czech Republic, it has definitely come to stay, there is no Christmas market that does not have a stall of Trdelnik.
Try it in one of the places that make it by hand, you will know because you will see how they knead them, roll them in tubes and cook them on the grill, compared to others that are frozen but then put them on top of the grill to look good.
- The Pražká šunka or Prague Ham – a pork leg slowly cooked on the grill, you will also find it in all the markets and in most restaurants of typical food. Beware that in the Christmas markets the price is by weight, do not get more than you want!
- Klobásy, basically sausages, usually sold with bread and are very good.
- Bramborové spirál, spiral-shaped fried potato skewers cut with a lot of art. They are also everywhere.
Try the hot drinks in Prague at Christmas
Hot drinks are also present all over Christmas markets in Prague and it’s no wonder with the city’s chilly weather at this time of year.
- Svařák, also known as mulled wine. It is a spiced mulled wine, very typical in Eastern countries and increasingly all over Europe.
- Punch, also known as punch, is also a very popular drink. It is a combination of mulled wine, rum, cherry liqueur and cinnamon among other ingredients, a somewhat sweet drink.
- Honey Wine, mulled wine sweetened with honey in Tyl Square Christmas Market (Tylovo náměstí).
We hope you enjoy your trip during these special dates! Be very warm, although we were lucky that it was not too cold for the dates.
By the way! It does not appear in the post but you can also attend a Christmas concert, the best known are those of the Prague Opera, but many churches also organize small concerts starring choirs.
We hope you have a great Christmas trip to Prague!