Day 8: Christmas Markets in Prague
Prague is a popular destination for city breaks whatever the time of year, but at Christmas time it takes on a whole new character, transforming into a winter wonderland. The historic buildings and quaint intimate streets, with the castle standing proud and ever watchful from above come to life with twinkling lights and a festive cheer.
Christmas markets are a key ingredient of the festive magic in Prague. The main ones can be found at the Old Town Square and Wencelas Square, where brightly decorated wooden huts sell traditional handicrafts and local delicacies such as mulled wine, famous Czech beers, large hams roasted on spits, barbecued sausages, and delicious 'Trdelník' pastries.
But it's not just the stalls that set the atmosphere, the Old Town Square also has a nativity scene, petting zoo with a donkey and sheep, carol concerts where children dress in traditional costume and, to top it all off, a huge Christmas tree which lights up the area and provides a magical ambience.
Katrina Rannard, Lead Design Manager shares her time in Prague: “The first time I visited Prague, I was in awe. At every point you are surrounded by stunning architecture, it feels as though you are wandering through history. It has a very romantic feel and is compact too so it is ideal to explore on foot.
“Prague's charm increases ten-fold though during the Christmas period when festive excitement grips the city.
“The two main Christmas markets are just a few minutes’ walk from one another, just enough time to enjoy a spot of mulled wine on route! If you're lucky it could even snow, but don't worry, if you get too cold then just nip back to your hotel for a hot bath or sauna! The markets aren’t just about shopping though, there are lots of other activities to enjoy; join in singing carols, feed the donkeys or simply mix with the locals for some street food and drinks surrounded by all the Christmas decorations. My favourite time to visit is late afternoon/early evening as the light fades and the twinkling lights come on, the atmosphere grows with anticipation and excitement and it’s the perfect time for a cheeky drink!
“If you're there with a group, there are a plethora of other activities and experiences to enjoy in the city such as horse drawn carriage rides, a private party and dinner at the castle, classical concert or opera performance and a trip wouldn’t be complete without a private walking tour ensuring the best city attractions don’t go undiscovered.
"The festive atmosphere in Prague throughout December is simply wonderful!”
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BI WORLDWIDE's event professionals have chosen 12 festive activities which should be on everyone's tick list - whether it is an idea for an incentive trip or just for your own leisure! See our other blogs in this seasonal series: