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Prague’s Christmas Markets 2023

A Winter Wonderland of Mulled Wine, Crafts, and Gingerbread


a tour guide browsing typical Czech Christmas souvenirs together with a group of tourists on a Prague Christmas Markets Tour


Ho, ho, ho, dear readers! It’s that magical time of the year again, and if you’re in Prague, you’re in for a festive treat! Christmas markets, the heart and soul of holiday celebrations, are about to unfold, turning the city into a winter wonderland filled with the aroma of mulled wine, the charm of artisan crafts, and the sweetness of gingerbread. Let’s take a merry stroll through some of Prague’s enchanting marketplaces and unwrap the festive delights they have in store for us!


Staroměstské Náměstí: The Grand Spectacle

Get ready to be dazzled at Staroměstské Náměstí, where the Christmas market kicks off on December 2nd, 2023, and twinkles all the way till January 6th, 2024. It’s not just a market; it’s a winter extravaganza! With a towering 27-meter Christmas tree from Liberecký kraj as the centerpiece, the festivities include live concerts, theatrical performances, and even appearances by children’s and folk ensembles. Don’t miss the regular tree animations at 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30, and 21:30. Pro tip: Warm up with some hot mulled wine as you soak in the seasonal charm!


Christmas Markets in the Old Town Square of Prague seen from above during a snowy winter evening


Václavské Náměstí: A Winter Wonderland Awaits

Just a skip away from Staroměstské Náměstí, Václavské Náměstí offers another enchanting market experience from December 2nd, 2023, to January 6th, 2024. With its picturesque Christmas tree and a lineup of stalls offering festive goods and treats, it’s the perfect spot for a delightful winter stroll. The market runs from 10:00 to 22:00 for shopping and extends to midnight for those craving a late-night snack. Spoil yourself with traditional Czech crafts and goodies while enjoying the holiday program from 10:00 to 19:00.


Náměstí Republiky: Double the Delight

Double the fun awaits at Náměstí Republiky, hosting two Christmas markets. One, in front of Palladium, runs from November 25th to December 24th, with operating hours from 10:00 to 19:00. The second, starting on December 2nd and continuing until December 30th, lights up the space in front of Palladium from 10:00 to 22:00 (some food stalls until midnight). Indulge in Prague ham, sausages, and classic Christmas treats, complemented by a wide array of drinks.


Náměstí Míru: Early Festive Feels

For those eager to dive into the Christmas spirit sooner, Náměstí Míru opens its market gates from November 20th to December 24th, operating daily from 10:00 to 19:00. Wander through stalls offering mistletoe, wreaths, ornaments, and a variety of handmade crafts. The advent atmosphere is complete with a Christmas tree and nativity scene, culminating in a final festive hurrah on Christmas Eve.


a group of tourists with a tour guide exploring the Christmas Markets on Namesti Miru in Prague


Tylovo Náměstí: A Tale of Two Squares

Tylovo Náměstí, conveniently close to Náměstí Míru, invites you to explore its market magic from November 26th to December 24th, with daily hours from 10:00 to 19:00. Marvel at stalls adorned with advent wreaths, candles, gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, and of course, hot mulled wine. Similar to Náměstí Míru, the Christmas market bids farewell on Christmas Eve.


Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad: A Farmer’s Feast

Embark on a culinary journey at Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad from November 29th to December 23rd, operating from 10:00 to 20:00 daily. Known for its farmer’s market, this locale transforms into a festive hub with Christmas markets offering traditional products and culinary delights. The highlight? The grand lighting of the Christmas tree! Shop for gifts, relish Christmas treats, and soak in the holiday spirit.


a tour guide pointing at a beautifully decorated Christmas tree on one of the Christmas markets in Prague


Anděl: A Pedestrian Paradise

Step into the pedestrian haven at Anděl, where Christmas markets unfold from November 24th to December 24th, from 10:00 to 22:00 every day. Immerse yourself in the charm of handcrafted goods, farmer’s products, Christmas decorations, and, of course, spiced wine and mead. Street performers add an extra layer of entertainment to make your shopping experience truly delightful.


Lighting Up the City: More Tree Delights

Apart from the mentioned markets, mark your calendar for the tree-lighting ceremonies across Prague. From Karlínské Náměstí to Vodičkova Street, witness the sparkle and splendor as each tree illuminates the city with festive cheer.


the Christmas lights hanging on the trees in the historic centre of Prague


In conclusion, Prague’s Christmas markets are not just places to shop; they are portals to a world of holiday magic, bringing people together in the spirit of joy and celebration. So, don your coziest winter attire, grab a cup of steaming mulled wine, and embark on a festive journey through the enchanting markets of Prague. May your days be merry and your shopping bags full of festive treasures! Happy holidays, one and all!


December 3, 2023