In need of that extra jolly spirit? Experience Prague’s world renowned Christmas markets!

Is the cold weather bringing you down? Not feeling excited for the holidays? Prague’s got your back. Whether you’re looking for a solo trip to revive your inner Christmas spirit or if you want to share an enchanting Christmas experience with your loved one, the following article is for you! But let’s put things straight: these aren’t just Christmas markets, they’re unforgettable cultural experiences. So saddle up and get ready to embark on a winter wonderland fueled by mulled wine, yummy Czech pastries, and delicious local beers! Welcome to Prague’s top 10 glorious Christmas markets.

Christmas market on Old Town Square, Prague.

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Top 10 Christmas markets to visit in Prague

There are countless Christmas markets to choose from in Prague during the festive season, from the 2nd of December 2023 to the 6th of January 2024. We’ll help you narrow it down to two categories: the grand popular markets and the charming local ones. 

The three largest Christmas markets in Prague are as follows:

1. The Old Town Square Christmas Market

Old Town Square Christmas market, Prague.

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Located in the city centre, the Old Town Square is by far the most visited place in Prague. Equipped with the presence of the gothic Tyn Cathedral and the emblematic town hall, this is a prime and grandiose square to host a fantastic Christmas market! In addition to countless food, drink and decorations stalls, the city also puts up a massive Christmas tree right in the centre of it all - a sparkling gem for all to marvel at! Perfect to do your Christmas shopping and spread Christmas cheer. Better yet, climb up the stairs of the Old Town Hall Tower to get a panoramic view of the city under the Christmas lights - a true delight!

2. Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square Christmas market, Prague.

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Equally as beautiful and primed with ancient and authentic architecture is the Wenceslas Square and its beaming Christmas market. Known as the most pedestrian-populated square in all of the Czech Republic, you are guaranteed a loud and cheerful Christmas experience. Also equipped with a tall Christmas tree and wooden stalls for yummy smelling foods at every corner, this particular market is renowned for its handmade wooden and steel gifts, often built outside for the public to see. An example of this is a blacksmith showing the process in making such objects: 

A blacksmith working over an open fire at a Christmas market in Prague.

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3. Prague Castle Christmas Market

Prague Castle Christmas Market.

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Considerably less busy than the two previous, the Prague Castle Christmas market looks like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale. The castle is named as one of the world’s largest in terms of size and prime city-centre location. A truly pleasant experience with countless landmarks to marvel at - including the St Vitus Cathedral, St George’s Basilica and the All Saints Church. 

Now for the quainter, more local markets:

Christmas stalls by Republic Square, Prague.

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Indeed, Prague also hosts a variety of other central and popular Christmas markets, such as Republic Square, Na Kampe, Havel’s, Peace Square, Tyl Square, Andel, and George of Podebrady Square Christmas markets. 

Amongst these, the Republic Square market is especially practical to go to as it is located in the midst of shopping centres whilst still keeping up with the Old Town’s authentic charm. When it comes to what these market stalls have to offer, the classic choices of mulled wine and warm chestnuts are to die for! However, authentic tree ornaments, straw Christmas decorations, as well as candy cutters, candles, and wreaths are also up for shop. But most importantly, they all function on an eco-friendly basis, offering only biodegradable plates, cutlery and cups! 

A biodegradable cup given at Prague’s Christmas markets.

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Editor’s Tip

You may be tempted to taste all the yummy foods and beverages offered at Prague’s Christmas markets - and you would be right! But the one thing at the top of our list is the traditional Czech pastry called trdelnik. Also known as “chimney cakes'”, these yummy delights are offered throughout Czech winters and enjoyed by children and adults alike! You will notice them at every corner, baking and twirling over an open oven before being coated in sugar and cinnamon. They may be enjoyed plain, or filled with a cream or chocolate of your choice! Finally, make sure to wash it down with a refreshing pint of Czech Pilsner beer. 

Trdelnik roasting over an open fire at one of Prague’s many Christmas markets.

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Where to Stay

1. Falkensteiner Boutique Hotel Prague

A 10 minute walk from Wenceslas Square, the Falkensteiner Boutique Hotel offers everything you need for a jolly and comfortable stay. Immerse yourself in the historical centre right outside your door and cosy back up in bed after your daily Christmas shopping! A stay not to be missed. 

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2. Corinthia Hotel Prague

A slightly more luxurious option, the Corinthia Hotel located on top of one of Prague’s hills offers a sublime site for festive winter evenings. Watch the dazzling lights and hear the distant joyful cheers from Prague’s many Christmas markets from the comfort of your own suite or during your evening swim in the hotel’s modern indoor pool! Ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway or for families enjoying a perfect winter holiday. So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay now! 

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