The most famous Prague markets are the Christmas and Easter markets, when the city centre fills up with the Christmas atmosphere. There are also two permanent markets in Prague, offering a variety of interesting products at Havelske Trziste in the city centre, and at Prazska Trznice, a tram/metro ride away in Holesovice. Both are however, traditional markets. The main Christmas markets & Easter markets take place at the Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square.
Prague Christmas Markets
Prague Christmas markets run every day throughout December. Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) are a key component of Czech festive life. They light up the city centre, bringing everybody together to enjoy the yuletide spirit, in an appropriate 'winter wonderland' backdrop.
They take place at the Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square, with smaller ones operating at Havelske Trziste & Namesti Republiky, all within a short walking distance of each other.
The Christmas markets sell beer and warm drinks, making outdoor Christmas shopping much warmer and easier.
The markets sell nice Christmas stocking fillers, such as Bohemian Crystal, toys, mugs, traditional puppets and Christmas tree ornaments.
There is also a Nativity scene - a large wooden stable depicts Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Three Magi.
Local and International choirs perform in the Old Town Square to entertain visitors as they mull around. School children also join in, dressed in traditional costumes.
Klementinum Antique Market
Every Sunday from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m the backyard of the Klementinum, an extensive Jesuit complex, hosts an intimate antique market. The market is small but interesting, with items from glass, costume jewelry, ceramics, Soviet memorabilia, antique books and art.
Prague Easter Markets
The Prague Easter markets showcase the age old customs of a traditional Czech Easter. The Prague Easter markets run daily at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. On display will be handcrafted products; wooden toys, Czech crystal and glass-ware, jewellery, metal-ware, candles, embroidered cloth, beautifully dressed puppets and dolls, etc.