The Christmas Markets in Prague in 2019

The dates for the Christmas markets in Prague in 2019 are finally here. Are you planning to visit Prague for the annual Christmas markets in 2019? Find the dates and all other information you need about the Christmas markets here.

It always feels strange to start writing about the Christmas markets in Prague in the middle of the summer, but that is normally when the dates for the Christmas markets are released, and thus, we have to leave our summer atmosphere and think of cold weather, hot wine, and Christmas markets instead. So, what are the dates for the Christmas markets in Prague in 2019?

Christmas market dates in Prague 2019
Christmas markets in Prague in 2019 – Source: Pixabay

Dates for the 2019 Christmas markets in Prague

  • Christmas market at the Old Town Square
    November 30th, 2019 – January 6th, 2020
  • Christmas market at the Wenceslas square
    November 30th, 2019 – January 6th, 2020

These are the dates that you need to pay attention to. You will find all sorts of dates and information on other websites, but these are the official dates, so when you book your flight ticket or reserve a hotel room, make sure that you spend some days in Prague during the actual dates of the Christmas markets.

You might find some smaller markets around here and there in Prague, but these are the two biggest and most popular markets. You should be aware of the fact that it can get really crowdy at these markets, especially on the opening day of the Christmas markets, and also during the evenings.

If you want to know even more about the Christmas markets in Prague, check the following article. We also recommend that you check our article with practical advice to everyone coming to Prague for the Christmas markets.

Are you looking forward to the Christmas markets in Prague? Are you coming for the first time, or are you following a habit of always visiting Prague before Christmas?

Christmas markets in Prague in 2018

Prague has some amazing Christmas markets, and the most famous of them all are located at the Wenceslas Square and at the Old Town Square.

At these Christmas markets you can buy all sorts of products, most of them hand-made, and nice to bring home as souvenirs. There are also lots of stands at which you can buy traditional Czech food and drinks, and of course sweet stuff like chimney cakes, Czech muffins, and more!

Christmas market dates in Prague 2018
Christmas markets in Prague in 2018 – Source: Pixabay

Prague Christmas markets in 2018

The Christmas markets in Prague will open on December 1st in 2018, and they will stay open until January 6th in 2019. That means that they open later than most other markets in Europe, but they stay open for a longer time.

It is important to know that the Christmas markets in Prague are extremely popular. You should be prepared for giant crowds, and you will often walk in a line as you walk in the small streets connecting the Christmas market at the Old Town square with the Christmas market at Wenceslas square.

Would you like to know even more about the Christmas markets in Prague? Read our article dedicated to the Christmas markets of Prague.

And do not forget to be early with your bookings in this period. With tens of thousands of tourists coming to town, it can often get packed at beer dinners, river cruises, and other similar programs. We normally have capacity for airport transfers all the time, but it never hurts to book your airport transfer well in advance either! Look around in the Prague Guide for further information!

Recommendations for those coming to the Christmas markets in Prague

Are you planning to visit Prague and the beautiful Christmas markets this year? Here are some pieces of advice and recommendations that will help you enjoy Prague even more!

You might not find all the advises suiting you, but there will for sure be some of them that will inspire you or help you in the planning process.

If you have further advice to share or maybe a question, use the comment field at the bottom of this article.

Recommendations to those visiting the Christmas markets in Prague
Recommendations to those visiting the Christmas markets in Prague – By Jiri Foltyn / Shutterstock

Prague Christmas market recommendations

1) Live in the center of Prague

Prague is a big city, and it is a city with hotels and apartments spread around here and there. You might be tempted as you do your booking to reserve space in a cheap hotel. That might be reasonable, but do not forget that if you book a cheap hotel far outside the city center, you will most likely spend the saved amount on cabs and public transportation traveling between the city center and your hotel. And let us not forget, you will also lose valuable time that could be spent doing Christmas market shopping.

If you want to live in a hotel in the heart of Prague, close to the Christmas markets at the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas square, these are hotels you should consider: Hotel Rott, Hotel Melantrich, or Hilton Old Town hotel.

2) Use the local currency

It might be tempting to pay with Euro as it is a currency easier to understand and grasp than the Czech Koruna. But, if you decide to pay with Euro at the Christmas markets and in stores around Prague, you will soon discover that you pay more than you would have if you had used the local currency. As a result, we recommend everyone to pay with card or with the local currency. You can not pay with VISA/MasterCard at many of the stands at the Christmas markets, so when cash is needed, use CZK instead of Euro. The easiest way to get hold of the local currency is by using an ATM. If you decide to use an exchange office instead, we recommend that you compare 2-3 offices and do the exchange at the one with the best rates.

Prague is beautiful before Christmas
Prague is beautiful before Christmas -By Kajano / Shutterstock

3) Do not travel with hand luggage only

We live in a time where we save money by not paying for checked in luggage on our flights. That is fantastic and good, but you will suffer if you come to Prague without any checked in luggage. Well, you do not need checked-in luggage as you come to Prague, but you will for sure want to have checked in luggage on your return. At the Christmas markets and in the local stores you will find lots of products that you want to bring home. Maybe you want to bring samples of Czech beers? You cannot bring those with you in a hand-luggage! If you decide to buy clothes, bags or maybe some sausage or other cool products, you need the extra space! Take this into consideration as you plan your trip to the Christmas markets in Prague!

4) Arrive with style

Would you like to arrive in Prague with style? Do you want to check in at your hotel as soon as possible? Let us take care of your airport transfer! We can arrange for a normal cab to pick you up at the airport, or we can arrange with a limousine to pick you up. Both transfer types are great, but if you want real Christmas style and make the transfer an experience, you will never forget, the limo transfer is a big hit.

You can read more about airport transfers in Prague right here.

5) Taste things you haven’t eaten before

Life is only as interesting and exciting as we make it. Do not be boring, but open up your mouth to new tastes as you come to Prague. At the Christmas markets, you will find lots of tasty meat, sausages, and sweets. Why not taste them all? Do not eat all the traditional and safe food, but experience tastes and food that you haven’t seen, smelled or tasted before. We believe you will be surprised as you discover that the stuff you haven’t tasted before is really tasty, and you might want to repeat the success day after day at the Christmas markets in Prague.

6) Book the most important activities right away

Tens of thousands of people come to Prague for the sole reason of enjoying the Christmas markets. These people all spend several hours at the Christmas markets, but they also spend time enjoying programs such as river cruises, guided tours, excursions and fine dining at restaurants all around Prague. With such an invasion of tourists, you will often find restaurants to be packed, and it can be hard to find free tables. As a consequence, we recommend that you book the most important activities, events and tables as early as possible. Would you like to go on a river cruise while in Prague for the Christmas markets? Read more about

7) Stay warm

You might be at the most wonderful place on planet, but if you are freezing, you will not have a good time no matter what. When you come to Prague in December you should be prepared for cold temperatures, a cold wind and maybe some snow. If you get a combination of all three at the same time, you are likely to feel very cold, at least if you did not follow this advice: Bring warm clothes with you to Prague! You can not enjoy the Christmas markets in Prague if you are freezing. You should rather bring to much warm clothes. Some ladies will on purpose bring to little, giving them an excuse to do some extra shopping, but if you want to avoid those bonus visits to the fashion stores in Prague, bring clothes with you from home!

Christmas markets in Prague
Do not miss out on the Christmas market at the Old Town Square – By S-F / Shutterstock

8) Watch out for your belongings

The Old Town Square is often packed with people, and where there are crowds, there are thieves. It isn’t very often you will bump into pick-pockets in Prague, but it happens from time to time, and it can totally destroy your day if you are the unlucky person. Therefore, take care of your belongings and you will have no trouble with pick-pockets as you visit the Christmas markets in Prague or the other popular areas in town.

9) Discover some new areas in Prague

Those who have been to Prague several times might look for inspiration for new programs. Read our article on hidden gems in Prague for you to discover, and you might get some good ideas.

10) Have you got some recommendations and good advice?

Have you been to the Christmas markets in Prague and tasted something you want to recommend to everyone else? Did you experience something you want to tell the world about? Use the comment field beneath to share your thoughts, experiences or to ask your questions!

Prague Christmas Market 2017

The dates for the Christmas market at the Old Town Square in Prague are official. Come to Prague between December 2nd, 2017 and January 6th, 2018 to experience the fantastic atmosphere and delightful smells of one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world.

I can almost feel the smell of Christmas and traditional Czech sausages in my nose as I write this article. The magnificent Christmas market at the Old Town Square in Prague is significant to get the Christmas atmosphere into the body. So, why don’t you start planning your Christmas trip to Prague already?

Christmas Market in Prague 2017
Christmas Market in Prague 2017 – By Kajano / Shutterstock

Some people complain and ask why they decide to open the market that late in Prague? It is tradition again. Sometimes they open smaller markets in part earlier, but in general, the big Christmas market at the Old Town Square opens four Sundays before Christmas. You can read more general information about the Christmas markets in Prague in this article.

Christmas markets in Prague 2017

December 2nd, 2017 – January 6th, 2018

Other cool programs in Prague?

Do not forget to book a beer dinner in Prague, a river cruise or maybe a guided tour? You can read more about these and lots of other fantastic Prague programs here in our Prague Guide. And do not waste time at the airport after arrival. Order your airport transfer in Prague through us to get to your hotel as soon as possible, and then to the Christmas market!

 

Preparing for the Christmas market in Prague in 2017? When will it be arranged?

It is only the start of January and last years Christmas markets has barely closed. You are however already thinking about the Christmas markets in Prague in 2017. When will they be arranged? When will they open?

It is easy to understand that you want to come to Prague before Christmas to experience the beautiful Christmas markets the city has to offer. Prague is a splendid city to discover, and when the Christmas markets are at the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas square the city just gets even better. So, why not discover Prague and the Christmas markets at the same time in 2017? But, when will the Christmas markets open? It is hard to plan a trip without dates ready.

Prague Christmas market 2017
Christmas market at the Old Town Square in Prague – Kajano / Shutterstock

Prague Christmas market dates in 2017

Unfortunately the dates for the Christmas markets in Prague in 2017 remain a secret so far. For that reason we can not give any certain information yet, but still you should know that arriving to Prague in December is a safe bet. The markets normally open in the end of November sometime and remain open till the end of December or the start of January.

Our guess for the Christmas markets in Prague in 2017 is that they will open sometime between November 24th and November 29th. That is of course only our pure guess, so we will write a new blog post as soon as we have the exact and official dates. To find those follow us on Facebook, place a bookmark at this page and check out the what’s on in Prague site.

Do not forget that you can already now start booking your beer dinner in Prague, a fantastic river cruise and lots of other activities in Prague. Click the banners on the right or read about lots of different Prague activities right here.

Christmas markets in Prague in 2016

Are you ready for some fantastic Christmas market atmosphere in 2016 as well? Here are the dates for the Christmas markets in Prague 2016!

The Christmas markets in Prague are without a doubt among the most beautiful in all of Europe. People come, not only from Europe, but from all across the world to enjoy the fantastic spirit that comes together with the Christmas markets.

Prague Christmas Market
The beautiful Christmas markets in Prague – Christmas Markets” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  DNisha

In Prague you will find lots of Christmas markets, but the most important and famous markets are located at the Old Town Square and at the Wenceslas square. At these squares you can buy hot wine, authentic Czech sausages, lots of delicious food and of course souvenirs that only look nice on such a market, and when you get home you do not even understand why you bought them. But, that is kind of the spirit of a Christmas market, so come and enjoy the annual Christmas markets in Prague in 2016 as well.

Prague Christmas market 2016 dates

The Christmas markets in Prague will open: November 26th, 2016

The Prague Christmas markets will close: January 6th, 2017

If you have any comments or questions related to the Christmas markets in Prague, use the comment field beneath. We wish you a pleasant stay in Prague, and if you need any help reserving a beer dinner or maybe a river cruise in Prague, look around here in our Prague Guide.

If you have lots of time in Prague you could also consider a trip to either Vienna or Krakow, two cities with beautiful Christmas markets as well!

Christmas Market in Prague 2015

The time of the annual Christmas markets are soon here again this year. The Christmas fairs in Prague are among the best markets in Europe which attracts thousands of people every year from all over the world. The annual Christmas markets are the best places if you want to get into the festive spirit and if you want to buy the best Christmas presents while you are also having a good time. The fairs without the typical traditional Christmas dishes and beverages such as the various sausages, meats and mulled wine would not be complete. In this short article we will list the best and most popular Christmas markets in Prague. Easter Market in Prague

The main Christmas markets in the city will be held in the centre of the city at the Old Town Square and at the Wenceslas Squre. Good news that the two fairs are only approximately 5 minutes walk from each other. At the markets you can get the best traditional Christmas goodies such as the handmade glass wares, jewelries, accessories, toys, candles, ceramics and so on but the markets are not just all about shopping. Visitors can also try the traditional Czech Christmas fair dishes like the roasted ham, the various sausages, cakes and pastries as well as the famous Czech beers- Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen and Bundvar- and a wide variety of mulled wine.

The Christmas markets in Prague are open every day including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year´s Day.

The Christmas markets in Prague will be open from 28th November 2015 until 6th January 2016.

If you want to visit another Christmas market instead, then why not consider a visit to London where there are lots of beautiful Christmas markets as well?

Easter Market in Prague 2015

Easter is just around the corner which means the annual Easter Market will open its gates this year again. Easter is one of the biggest Christian feast which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter is a movable feast which means it is not fixed to the civil calendar so this year the Easter Market will take place from 21st March until 11th April in 2015.

Easter Market in Prague

At the market you can get all the related items to Eastern and there will be countless programs during the feast. The traditional annual Easter Market will take place in the ancient Old Town Square in the centre of the city. The market await all the visitors with beautiful Easter decorations such as the various painted eggs, whips, lace and wooden products. Apart from this there will be a special Easter program for the visitors with children’s activities, folk music and dance, various concerts and so on. So this year the Easter Market will be held from 21st March until 11th April in the Old Town Square in Prague and the event is free for everyone.

This market is quite similar to the Christmas market, so if you can not come to Prague for Christmas, make sure to check out this market at least!

Read more about the Easter market in Budapest and the Easter market in Vienna.

Prague Christmas Market 2014

Praha - PragueIt is 2014 and in not so long the annual Christmas Markets will come to Prague again. This is a major tourist attractions and tens of thousands of people come to Prague before Christmas to do their pre-Christmas shopping, drink som hot wine and to eat traditional Czech food.

The two biggest Christmas markets in Prague at the one at the Old Town Square and the one  at Wenceslas Square. If you are doing your planning now and wondering when the Christmas markets in Prague will be open and available, then here comes the answer.

Prague Christmas markets 2014 dates

November 29th – January 11th

It is worth noticing that the January 11th date has not been totally confirmed, but the fact that the Christmas Markets will open at November 29th is a fact, so you can start planning your trip to Prague already and get ready for handicraft fair, lots of sausages, white bread, beer, hot wine and other cool stuff at the Prague Christmas markets in 2014.

If you want to know more about the Prague Christmas markets, click the link to visit our page dedicated to the market.

If you come to Prague for this season and want to do some other cool program, and maybe taste the strongest beer brewed in all of Prague? If that is you, why not enjoy a beer dinner? Or if you want to do a river cruise on the river Vltava, read more about such cruises clicking the link.

Christmas markets in Prague in 2013

Christmas is approaching and so are the traditional Christmas markets in Prague. The official opening of the two most important and biggest Christmas markets in Prague will take place on November 30th.

Christmas markets in Prague in 2013The biggest and most famous Christmas market in Prague is located in the heart of the city at the Old Town Square. Here you can see the lightening of the Christmas tree every day at 17.00. In addition there will be live music, concerts and lots of delicious food and handicraft for the visitors coming to this market, so make sure not to miss out on it when coming to Prague.

The other big Christmas markets in Prague in 2013 will be arranged at the Wencel square. This is only a five minute walk from the Old Town Square, so it is very easy to visit both markets in one evening (if one evening is all that you have got in Prague). You can buy very similar stuff at both markets, but still there is a different atmosphere to both of them, so make sure to spend some hours at both locations.

If you want even more Christmas markets, then visit the one at the Republic Square or the so called Havel Market.

You can find more information about the Christmas markets in Prague at the following page.

The Christmas market at the Old Town square will be open until January 1st while the market at the Wencel square will be open until January 12th.