There are still some great deals around for Prague Christmas Market Breaks
Now that summer finally seems to be a distant memory, we in the UK can look forward to some of the pleasures of the winter months with eager anticipation. Anyone looking to take a Christmas Market city break would do well to consider Prague, as there are still some great deals to be found to the ever-popular Czech capital. The Christmas markets attract visitors to Prague throughout December, with the markets opening on 29th November and continuing until 23rd December.
There are various Christmas Markets in Prague, the main ones being held in the Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí) and at Wencelas Square (Václavské náměstí) . Smaller markets are also to be found at Namesti Republiky and Havelske Trziste. The markets consist of rows of brightly decorated wooden huts selling Czech handicrafts, hot food (corn on the cob, sausages and local specialties) and hot drinks. A cup of hot wine (svarene vino) always goes down very well on a chilly afternoon and seems to make shopping an even more pleasurable experience!
Some good Christmas stocking fillers can be found in the markets, including Czech glass, wooden toys, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hand-made jewellery and puppets. When you’ve had enough of shopping, in the Old Town Square there is also a mini zoo to entertain the visitors. Children can enjoy pony rides and stroke sheep, goats and even a lama.
An impressive Christmas tree will be erected in the Old Town Square and draped in a blaze of lights. During the Christmas Market season choirs take to the stage in the Old Town Square and entertain visitors as they browse the market stalls. School children from throughout the Czech Republic also come to entertain the crowds by dancing and singing, dressed in traditional costumes.
There are plenty of other sights to enjoy in Prague in December, when they can have an extra special magical quality. Prague Castle can be reached from the old town by crossing over the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. A favourite haunt of street vendors, artists and musicians, the bridge affords wonderful views of the river and the castle. Prague is famous for its beautiful churches and many of these are the venues for classical music concerts. The acoustics are often very good and it’s well worth buying tickets for one of these concerts – they are advertised on signs around the city.