The year is slowly and surely coming to an end as city streets are becoming adorned with Christmas decorations. Prague is no exception in this regard. Come the advent period, the capital becomes as Christmassy as you can imagine. Decorated (and lit) Christmas trees, street markets, music and the omnipresent smell of mulled wine take over. If all things Christmas appeal to you, below are a few tips. These will help you to make the most of the festive time spent in the Czech Republic. Ready?
Christmas markets in Prague
We wrote about the very first 2018 Christmas market, which opened as early as the end of November, in our last article. If you want to see the largest Christmas market in Prague (and the whole of the Czech Republic), you need to head for the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) and Wenceslaus Square (Václavské náměstí). The market opens on December 1, offering a great chance for you to taste traditional Czech sweets, gingerbread, mulled wine and lots more. The organizers of the 15th Christmas market have prepared a rich program. So everyone is sure to remain entertained. On sale will be, among other souvenirs, ceramic cups adorned, symbolically, with faces of Czech rulers and cultural icons as well as with the Prague urban landscape.
Kulaťák on Victory Square (Vítězné náměstí) is another place where you can feel the spirit of Christmas. So if you’re searching for a nice gift or souvenir, make sure you come on any of the Advent Saturdays between 8 am and 2 pm. Natural cosmetics, ceramics, wooden toys, books for children, Christmas decorations and other products (many of which are traditional and typical of the Czech Republic) will be available. And missing won’t be traditional farmers’ products, live fish, mulled wine and Christmas sweets.
The spirit of Christmas inside Fata Morgana
Once in Prague-Trója, we recommend you take a walk to the Botanical Gardens. It’s winter and there might be snow. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be surprised by live flowers in bloom while you walk around. If that sounds exciting, Fata Morgana, a botanical greenhouse, is the place to go. It boasts original Advent and Christmas decorations made of natural materials. And you are sure to marvel as well at the beauty of a traditional Christmas crib installed on the premises.
New Year’s Eve in the Old Town Square
Spending your Christmas in Prague this year? How about a New Year’s Eve in the very heart of the capital in the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)? The party starts as early as 5 pm. And you are sure to have tons of fun. This will be a fantastic opportunity to dance a little, listen to Czech bands playing live, and enjoy the last hours of this year and maybe the first few hours of the new year too. Entrance is free. The only thing you might spend money on is refreshments – and you can rest assured there will be plenty of delicious things to choose from at the stalls nearby.
If moderation was a virtue of yours on the New Year’s Eve, we recommend you return to the centre the next day. From 3 pm onwards, the stage in the Old Town Square will host operatic singers performing the most popular Czech opera arias by Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana.
A bit later on you may head for Prague-Letná to watch traditional January 1 fireworks. The event kicks off in Letná park at 6 pm. And we recommend you take a short stroll from the Old Town Square towards the Moldau bank. Dvořákovo nábřeží (Dvořák Quay), Čechův most (Čech Bridge), Mánesův most (Mánes Bridge) and Štefánikův most (Štefánik Bridge) are among those places that offer the best views. If a few steps up don’t put you off, the views from the Petřín hill are very romantic and hard to forget.
If, for one reason or another, you don’t feel like travelling to the centre, we have some good news. Baba is a hill situated close to Břetislavka, which boasts tremendous views of the whole of Prague. And you will see the fireworks too!
The Břetislavka Residence staff wish you a lovely time spent in the Advent and Christmas Prague.