Monday, October 27, 2014

Private guide in Prague

Prague Christmas Markets

Open: daily from 10am to 10pm , from 28th November 2017 - 3rd January 2018

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

Christmas markets 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 Wenceslav Square (5 minutes walk from each other).

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.

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  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.

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.

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