Lighting the Christmas tree and setting up the market in Old Town Square is a tradition that has been going on in Prague since the Czech people can remember. Though there are many other, slightly smaller Christmas markets in the Czech Republic, the Old Town Square market is probably the one of the prettiest and most well known in Prague.
This year, the Christmas market began a little late in Old Town Square, on December 2nd, and runs until January 6th. The market is built up around a huge, 24-meter-tall spruce tree which was harvested near the Berounka river in the Rakovník district. The tree makes a perfect centerpiece, lit up with millions of flickering lights.
The market is open every day, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The theme for this years market is Prague’s history, so make sure to look out for decorated banners and gables on the wooden vending huts representing famous historical figures and events. In the square are also held concerts and musical events and Carp soup should be served on Dec. 24 in the square.
The Christmas market in Old Town Square is repeatedly ranked as one of the best in all of Europe, it would not feel like Christmas in Prague without the festive magic of the market. As for the city, Prague was listed as the number one place for a Christmas vacation by the news magazine U.S. News & World Report.
Check out these Instagram pictures of this years tree and market. (Please note – All of the descriptions and photos belong to original poster.)
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