Prague Christmas Markets 2018

Prague Christmas Markets 2018

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Prague Christmas Markets (Vanocni trhy) are the magical end of the festive year in the Czech Republic. The Prague markets are the most impressive in the country. Christmas celebrations in Prague light up the city, attract local people and tourists together over a cup of good welded wine and eating local specialties ‘trdelnik (sweet pastry) in a real winter wonderland.

The Prague Christmas markets are open every day from 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas Markets at the Old Town Square

The main markets in Prague are at the Old Town Square. The unique atmosphere of the medieval central Prague makes the Market very popular. In contrast to some bigger Christmas Markets across the Europe, the Prague Christmas Market is sort of familiar, which makes the whole experience more intensive.

The Christmas markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts stocked with handicrafts such as ceramics, jewellery, glassware, embroidered lace, wooden toys, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats and gloves, and puppets and dolls dressed in traditional Czech costume. Visitors can buy many kind of gifts there. But the markets are not just about shopping. You can sample all manner of local food and drink. And you can observe traditional foods by hand made.

The Christmas Market has its own continuous program composed in the Christmas style. The main purpose is to make people feel the Christmas is coming. The Christmas carols will be sung every day by various performers.

The Christmas markets at the Old Town Square also have an animals stable, where children can stroke sheep, goats and a donkey. And there is a large Bethlehem scene depicting Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Three Kings in a wooden stable.

Most impressive of all is the mighty Christmas tree transported from the forests of Central Bohemia. The tree is erected at the Old Town Square and draped in a blaze of lights. It is switched on nightly around 5:30 pm, and makes a spectacular sight set against Prague’s dark gothic skyline.

Traditional Christmas food

The variety of food and beverages sold at the market is very generous. Visitors may look forward to traditional Czech food as roasted hams on spits, barbecued sausages (klobása), Czech cakes and pastries are prepared in front of you, like ‘Trdelník’, a hot sugar coated pastry. Donť forget sample conkers, mead and other typical gastronomical specialties from Old Czech cuisine.
To accompany the food, try one of the famous Czech beers – Pilsner Urquell, Kozel, Staropramen or Budvar.
Alternatively, there is a variety of hot drinks on offer; outdoor Christmas shopping is so much nicer with a cup of mulled wine (svařené víno or svařák) in your hand.

Local Markets in the Prague

There are also smaller markets at Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from Old Town Square), Republic Square, at Havel’s Market, on Kampa Island, Peace Square, Tyl Square, Square of the George from Podebrady and on the square in front of St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle.

Really Markets starts so late?

Some local markets opens from 20th November. The first Christmas markets in Prague start on November 20th at Náměstí Míru, other local markets open on November 23rd at Prague Castle and Tyl Square. Major Markets – at Old Town Square will be on December 1st and will run until January 6th, 2019

Make the most of the Christmas Markets

Prague’s city centre is compact, which is ideal for pedestrians. You should book a hotel in the city centre, and the Christmas markets and the main sights and attractions will all be within easy walking distance.

The Prague Christmas markets are free to enter. Stay in the city centre, and whenever you fancy dropping in, you can leave your hotel and be in the midst of the markets in minutes. Grab a drink, browse the stalls and soak up the atmosphere.

Entertainment & Sightseeing

There is a range of entertainment on offer throughout the duration of the Christmas markets. In particular, we recommend buying a ticket for a classical concert. You can visit Prague clubs and meet with friendly citizens, local pubs and try best beer in the world or so just walk around the river and enjoy the medieval scenery of old Prague.

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What to do in Prague in April

What to do in Prague in April

What to do in Prague in April - Visit Prague
What to do in Prague in April – Visit Prague

In April you could get blooming sets in the Petrin Park. A classic walk along the royal road from the Powder Tower across Old Town Square, the Charles Bridge to the Prague Castle is amazing every month. Do not forget to visit the river bank ‘Naplavka’ or ZOO and botanical gardens. Old castle Vyšehrad is also interesting place with the spirit of history and for superb view of Prague scenery.

Tips for events and what to do in Prague in April

1.4. – 8.4.2018 Gallery Dancing House: The exhibition of Josef Lada is extended for a week.
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1.4. – 15.4.2018 The Prague Exhibition Grounds in Holešovice: Matějská pouť / St. Matthew’s Fair.
https://www.facebook.com/events/153191108791035/
2.4.2018, 19:30 O2 arena: Metallica Concert.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1826627320922980/
3.4. – 20.5.2018, Tue-Sun 9.00-18.00, Fata Morgana Glasshouse, Botanical Garden Prague – Troja: Exhibition Butterflies and plants.
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6.4. – 8.4.2018 PVA Expo Prague – Letňany: For Bikes – 9th Cycling Fair.
https://www.facebook.com/events/376188059471652/
6.4. – 30.4.2018 Prague: Young Jazz tuning– International Festival of Contemporary Jazz.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1435136966615275/
7.4.2018 Prague: Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon 2018 will begin the running season in Prague.
https://www.facebook.com/events/321738254916140/
7.4. – 24.4.2018 Prague: European Film Days.
https://www.facebook.com/DyEvropskehoFilmu/
12.4. – 15.4.2018 The Prague Exhibition Grounds in Holešovice: Autoshow Praha 2018.
https://www.facebook.com/Autoshow.Praha/
12.4. – 15.4.2018 PVA Expo Praha – Letňany: Family and Leisure Fairs – For Family, For Kids, For Pets and Aktiv 55+.
https://www.facebook.com/Guest-For-Kids-655104431334293/
16. 4. 2018, 20:00, O2 arena: concert Imagine Dragons 2018
https://www.facebook.com/events/464541637262997/
19.4.2018 Forum Karlín, Rudolfinum Prague: Film Music Prague 2018 – film music festival.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1223818351080528/
22.4.2018 Cross] [club Praha – Holesovice: Street Food Festival – spring 2018.
https://www.facebook.com/events/487733964960758/
27.4.2018, 20:00, O2 arena: Roger Waters.
https://www.facebook.com/events/146365359306607/
27.4. – 29.4.2018 Gallery Weekend 2018 – Prague.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2011209845784787/
28.4.2018 Prague Majáles 2018 Airport Prague Letňany.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1391269330933379/
28.4.2018 Grand Veteran – veterans exhibition at Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital.
https://www.facebook.com/events/527298714317586/

Or you can visit one of favorite Spring or Farming Markets.
Naplavka markets
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Markets on Jirak
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Farmer’s markets at Náměstí Republiky
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Karlin Farmer Markets
https://www.facebook.com/karlinsketrhy

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Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge

Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge

Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge
Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge

Advent and pre-Christmas time in Prague bring with it another rediscovered tradition. From November 26th, 2017 to December 23th, 2017, between 16:00 and 17:00, a lamplighter passes through the Charles Bridge. It brings more visitors to Charles Bridge to meet a lamplighter in a historical suit that lights up the gas lamps with a long stick. The lamplighter comes out every day from Křížovnické náměstí, crosses one side of the bridge to return back to the other side of the bridge. Lamplighter performs his run at the same time with the lighting of the public lighting, shortly after 4th hour in the afternoon.

The gas lighting in Prague lights automatically, but during the advent, there are several lights on the Charles Bridge lighting by lamplighter. In Prague, gas had been used for public lighting since 1847 with the commissioning of the Karlín Gasworks. Gas light was also used in Prague parks, gardens, seafront and islands. In Bohemia and Moravia the longest gas light has been retained in the old parts of Prague. Even in 1940, more than 9,000 gas lamps illuminated Prague’s streets and squares, most of them in Prague’s history. Lastly, eight candles lamp were transferred from the gas-fired lamp of Hradčany Square and Loretanska Street. Fifteen years ago, Prague has begun to return to the gas lighting in interesting historical parts of the city. Gas lamps can be seen throughout the Royal Route from the Powder Gate through Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and Nerudova Street to Prague Castle.

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