5 of the best Christmas markets in Prague

Step inside a winter wonderland for Prague’s Christmas markets. The Czech Republic’s capital has a lot to offer year-round – striking architecture, ancient castles, and delicious regional cuisine. But in winter the city takes on a magical aspect as the temperature drops and the Christmas markets open. Here are my top picks of the markets Prague has to offer.

Christmas market at the Old Town Square of Prague in night, Czech Republic

Prague’s Christmas markets are some of the best in Europe – just a short stroll through them will show you why. You’ll find wooden toys, arts and crafts, handmade soaps and all kinds of unique Christmas gifts. To keep warm as you walk around the markets get yourself a mug of Svařák (mulled wine) and get into the festive spirit.

1. Old Town Square Market
The largest market takes place in the Old Town Square where the Prague Christmas Tree and nativity scene are also located. The huge, real tree is the centrepiece of the market and stands in front of the Church of Tyn so you can get some great photos. The tree is beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments and really comes to life at night when it’s lit up in all its glory. You won’t go hungry either with all the different food and drink stalls.

Ready-to-eat waffles covered with assorted toppings on display at market stall, prague

2. Wenceslas Square Market
Just a short walk away on Wenceslas Square, you’ll find another Christmas market. The main part of this market is located in the larger space at the lower end of the square opposite the National Museum. The Wenceslas Square markets also have a Christmas tree, although not as big as the one in Old Town Square. The tree also has light animation shows, running from 5pm until 9pm every night.

Wooden crafts at the traditional christmas market in the center of Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.

3. Havel’s Christmas Market
Located between the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas Square you’ll find a truly unique Christmas market. The market itself there all year round and dates back to 1232. It undergoes a Christmassy transformation in December. There won’t be the same food choices at this market but you’ll definitely pick up some gorgeous Christmas decorations and other souvenirs.

4. Prague Castle Christmas Market
This Prague market has around 70 stalls selling traditional Czech food and drinks all set against the backdrop of the St. Vitus Cathedral. You’ll also get amazing views of the city and a huge Christmas tree in the middle. The atmosphere is bound to put you in the festive mood. Opening hours do vary so be sure to check before you go.

Illuminated Church In City At Night During Winter, Prague, Czech Republic

5. Kampa Island Christmas market
Cross over the Charles Bridge and you’ll be in one of the most picturesque areas of the city. This market is small but definitely worth the visit. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate while you have a browse of the homemade gifts and souvenirs, or just enjoy the beautiful winter view of the Vltava River in the background, especially if it’s been snowing.

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