Anyone visiting Prague during the winter should not miss visiting one of the many festive Christmas Markets. A long-standing tradition in the city, you'll delight in the picturesque sights these markets are. This is especially so at night, when delicate lights twinkle as you browse and enjoy the markets into the night.
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Whether you're looking for some trinkets to take home as gifts or you want to immerse yourself in Czech holiday spirits, Prague Christmas markets are where you should go. Each market may have similar wares. But each has a unique personality behind the traditional Czech Christmas cookies and potpourri on offer. Don't forget to sip on some hot wine or honey liqor to warm yourself as you shop for holiday decorations and enjoy the carolers.
1. Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)
Old Town Square is the location of one of the biggest Christmas Markets in Prague. It's in the historic city center and has a spectacular tree lighting ceremony. This market runs from early November to early January. It opens late morning and stays open quite late.
2. Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti)
As the other main Christmas Market, Wenceslas Square is just as impressive. It may be in a more modern part of town, in Prague's current city center, but Christmas cheer still abounds. This market begins later in November and runs to early January. It's open to around midnight. If you visit, try to make it for the light show animating famous Czech folk stories.
3. Peace Square (Namesti Miru)
For a more authentic experience, there's the Christmas Market at Peace Square. Not yet as well known among visitors, you'll see more locals getting their holiday shopping done. Make your way to the Church of St. Ludmila from around mid-November to early January to soak in the local Christmas flavor. But don't wait until too late. It usually closes around 7 p.m.