Where to go to the Christmas markets?

Streets full of lights and Christmas decorations – the most beautiful holidays of the year are here. No matter which Czech city you visit during Advent, you will most likely come across Christmas markets. Just follow the top of a huge, decorated tree, which could hide hundreds of gifts under its branches. Right there, at the stalls with Christmas snacks and handicrafts, where the real Christmas atmosphere breathes on you.

Christmas markets are not just about food and drinks – although mulled wine and roasted almonds are undoubtedly part of the experience. You can also purchase handmade gifts and Christmas decorations there. They offer a rich cultural program, from carol singing to theater performances and children’s workshops. Which Czech Christmas markets are worth visiting?

You can find trdelník on every corner – and not just at Christmas markets. Tourists think that this is a traditional Czech delicacy. But it has Romanian-Hungarian roots.

Prague – more than Old Town Square

The Christmas atmosphere in Prague is magical. However, the Christmas markets are not only about the Old Town Square. When you’re in Prague, you should definitely visit there, but Prague offers much more. The Christmas markets at Náměstí Míru near the Church of St. Ludmila or the picturesque markets at Prague Castle ensure that Christmas experiences in the capital go far beyond. You’ll come across Advent stalls at Anděl, Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, and on Kampa as well. Prague is simply full of Christmas spirit.

Old Town Square

When: 2. 12. 2023–6. 1. 2024

Náměstí Míru

When: 20. 11. 2023–24. 12. 2023

Prague Castle

When: 23.11.2023–6.1.2024

Brno – the city of Turbomošt

Christmas markets in the South Moravian metropolis have their own charm – and not only thanks to Turbomošt. Christmas stalls can be found on náměstí Svobody, Zelný trh, Dominikánské náměstí, near the Old Town Hall and Moravské náměstí. Since you are in Moravia, you will taste the mulled wine in all its forms – red, white and pink. Besides enjoying the Christmas atmosphere in Brno, you can also contribute to a good cause. Thanks to the Daruj kelímek (Donate a cup) project, a refundable deposit can be turned into a good deed. You can contribute to 18 charitable organizations.

Turbomošt was created by Lidi z baru. This drink has been an integral part of the Brno Christmas markets since 2009. It is boiled 100% apple cider from the White Carpathians with cinnamon, cloves and star anise. And the main ingredient? Jablkovice.

Náměstí Svobody

When: 24.11. 2023–23. 12. 2023

Zelný trh

When: 17/11/2023–23. 12. 2023

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České Budějovice – ice rink on the square

Southern Bohemia is beautiful – Tábor, Písek, Hluboká nad Vltavou… You can’t go wrong with any trip there. When it comes to Christmas markets, České Budějovice reign supreme in the south. During Advent, you can even ice skate there. The ice rink is located right on Přemysl Otakar II Square.

Přemysl Otakar II square.

When: 18.11. 2023–6. 1. 2024

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Pardubice – advent with the taste of gingerbread

Gingerbread belongs to Christmas – and to Pardubice. So where else can you try this traditional Christmas treat? Pair it with a quality gingerbread latte, and as a souvenir you can take home a ceramic mug with the inscription Advent s vůní perníku. You’ll encounter the Christmas atmosphere not only in the square but also, for example, at the Automatic Mills or at the castle.

Pernštýnské náměstí

When: 2. 12. 2023-24. 12. 2023

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Liberec – escape to the hills

Head towards the mountains – or at least to Ještěd. Perhaps you’ll encounter snow during the advent season. While you’re there, the Liberec Town Hall deserves your attention – you won’t find one like it anywhere else. Right in front of it, you’ll find annual Christmas markets with an observation wheel.

Map of Christmas markets

Olomouc, Zlín, Hradec Králové, Cheb, Pilsen and much more. If we wanted to mention every Christmas market in the Czech Republic that is worth visiting, the list would be endless. The Christmas atmosphere is waiting for you everywhere, all you have to do is go!


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