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The Prague Christmas markets are open daily at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. A 'winter wonderland' awaits, for visitors to soak up the festive atmosphere, browse the stalls and enjoy Christmas carols, hearty food and hot wine - photos.

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Christmas Markets 2014
Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) are a key ingredient of the festive magic in the Czech Republic. And the Prague Christmas markets are the country's most impressive, lighting up the city, bringing locals and tourists together to share in the spirit in a 'winter wonderland' setting.

The main Christmas markets are held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from each other). There is also a smaller market at Republic Square and a permanent one at Havel's Market.
 
The Prague Christmas markets are open daily, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts: glassware, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metalware, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves and scarves, and puppets and dolls beautifully dressed in traditional costumes.

Visitors should find some nice items to take home, to decorate their houses or to use as Christmas gifts.
Prague Christmas Markets
 
Prague Christmas
But the Christmas markets are not just about shopping. Visitors can also observe traditional foods being made, and sample all manner of local food and drink. Large hams are roasted on spits, there are terribly unhealthy but wonderfully tasty barbequed sausages, and pastries prepared in front of you - try 'Trdelník', a hot sugar coated cake/pastry.

To accompany the food, there are the famous Czech beers Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar, and various warm drinks. Outdoor Christmas shopping is so much nicer with a cup of hot mulled wine (svařené víno or svařák) in your hand!
 
The Christmas markets at the Old Town Square also have an animals stable, where children can stroke sheep, goats and a donkey. And there is a large Bethlehem scene depicting Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Three Kings in a wooden stable.

Most impressive of all is the Christmas tree, shipped in from the Krkonose mountains in the North of the Czech Republic. It is erected at the Old Town Square and draped in a blaze of lights. The tree is switched on every night around 5pm. Set against Prague's dark gothic skyline, this is truly a spectacular sight.
 Old Town Square in Prague
 
Prague Christmas Markets
Wenceslas Square has its own brightly lit Christmas tree too, which can be admired from all over the square.

And what is Christmas without carols? School choirs often perform late afternoon/early evening on a stage at the Old Town Square. Children travel from all over the Czech Republic and dress in traditional costumes to sing. The trip to Prague can be the highlight of their school year.

The festive atmosphere in Prague throughout December is simply wonderful!
 
How to make the most of the Christmas Markets
Prague's city centre is compact, which is ideal for pedestrians. Book a hotel anywhere in Prague 1 (city centre) or Prague 2 (fringes of the city centre), and the Christmas markets and the sights and attractions will be within walking distance.

The Prague Christmas Markets are free to enter. By staying in the city centre, whenever you fancy dropping in, you can leave your hotel and be in the midst of the markets in minutes. Grab a drink, soak up the atmosphere, and when you're ready for a warm bath it's just a short walk back to your hotel - Prague hotels

Entertainment & Sightseeing
Aside from the markets, there is plenty of entertainment and sightseeing. In particular we recommend buying a ticket for a classical concert. Over the festive period performances in the city's ancient churches and grand concert halls are magical - Prague concerts.

The opera and ballet season is also in full swing, with performances proving popular at all the Prague opera houses - Prague opera and ballet.

Sightseeing is of course a major reason to visit Prague. The Christmas lights and the festive atmosphere bring the ancient buildings to life at this time of year. A sightseeing tour will help you discover the best of the city. From walking tours to coach tours to river cruises, there is a fun way for everyone to explore - Prague sightseeing

For the easiest way to book your Prague city break: Prague Package City Break

For weather, currency exchange and other information: Prague Tourist Information

For visitors to Prague on the 5th December 2014: Mikulas in Prague

For visitors to Prague on the 24-26th December 2014: Prague Christmas Planner

For visitors to Prague on the 31st December 2014: Prague New Year's Eve Planner.
Prague InformationChristmas 2014
HIGHLIGHTS
Christmas Markets
Old Town Square:
29th Nov-04th Jan:
Daily 10:00-22:00

Wenceslas Square:
29th Nov-11th Jan:
Daily 10:00-22:00.
more info
Christmas Tree
29th Nov: 17:00
Lighting of the Christmas tree at Old Town Square.
Mikulas Day
05th Dec: from 16:00 at Old Town Square.
more info
Ice Rink
05th Dec-31st Jan:
Daily 10:00-22:00
Behind Estates Theatre, Old Town.
more info
Christmas Eve
24th Dec:
16:00 Christmas Mass for children at some churches
16:30 Christmas Mass at Tyn Church
21:00 Open-air Christmas Mass at Old Town Square
24:00 Midnight Mass at Strahov Monastery and other churches.
more info
Christmas Planner
24-26th Dec:
What's open and when over Christmas.
more info
New Year's Eve
31st Dec: Celebrations & midnight fireworks.
more info

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