There are some unique products available on these markets which include Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations, traditional Czech cookies, tablecloths, Frankincense and the Czech Christmas potpourri called purpura. Some other items on offer are Czech wooden toys, crafts, clothing accessories, scented candles or handmade soap. You can taste some traditional Czech foods that are made fresh right in front of you and drink some traditional Czech spirits. You will hear Czech Christmas carols and see the beautifully lit up markets in the evening.
Working days of Christmas markets
The days during which Prague Christmas markets are open are usually different from year to year. Some of them will be working from the last week of November into the first week of January. Almost all Prague’s markets are open in the three weeks before Christmas, including the main ones at Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The smaller markets run until Christmas, the one on Old Town Square is usually open at least until January and the Wenceslas Square market typically stays around through the first week of January.
The Old Town Square Christmas markets
The Old Town Square Christmas market is the prettiest and busiest one in Prague. Little stalls are nestled around the Jan Hus statue and surrounded by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The market is dominated by a Christmas tree adorned with hundreds of lights and is lit every evening at dusk. A stage is erected every year where Christmas concerts and short plays are performed in the open air.
Wenceslas Square Christmas market is another large market in the city center. It is located in the lower part of Wenceslas Square and is usually dominated by an artificial Christmas tree.