Discover Christmas traditions Czech Republic

If you celebrate Christmas in the Czech Republic, you will not eat a turkey roast but carp soup (delicious!) or the same fish battered and fried for the main course. For Christmas Eve dinner, many families also prepare the national dish - "svickova": beef stew in a thick vegetable sauce (potato and carrot) and served with "knedlicky" (steamed slices of bread dough), cranberry sauce and a squirt of whipped cream. The traditional Christmas dessert is not a single dish but multiple: 13 different biscuits are prepared at home or - to save time - bought ready-made from a cake shop. As for the Advent period (from December 1st to 24th), it is one most appreciated both by the Czech and tourists. Christmas markets in every town and city, selling wooden toys, handicraft, puppets, pancakes, waffles and mulled wine. Street performances, concerts in churches and castles, and even a steam train at the weekend linking Prague to Krivoklat Castle.

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    Christmas in the Czech Republic.

    Old Town Square at Christmas, Prague, Czech Republic.

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    Christmas in Prague.

    Nightfall allows for the illumination of buildings in Prague at Christmas time.

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    The Christmas Market

    As Christmas grows nearer, the city of Prague dons its most beautiful decorations. You are sure to spend a magical Christmas in the capital of Bohemia!

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    Christmas angel, Prague.

    Meaning 'messengers' in Greek, 'angels' brought the news of Jesus' birth, according to Christians.

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    Skanzen Vesely Kopec, Czech Republic.

    A tree decorated in a traditional fashion in the Czech Republic.

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    Carp, Czech Republic.

    The sale of carps is a Czech Christmas tradition, and Christmas dinner, eaten on the evening of 24 December, usually consists of fried carp and potato salad.

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