On the markets you can buy traditional handicrafts, beautiful handmade Christmas decorations, warm wool socks and slippers and many more nicely made handicraft. Sweet lovers will be delighted with the stalls that are full of traditional Czech Christmas sweets.
You can taste homemade Christmas sweet bread, beautifully decorated gingerbread, short-crust pastry cookies which are typical Czech Christmas treats. For people who prefer savoury food, there is plenty to choose from. A wonderful way to warm up in this cold winter time is with a glass of sweetly scented mullet wine (svařák) or golden mead (medovina).
We would like to offer some Christmas gifts ideas as well as tips for traditional Czech souvenirs, which you can buy at the Christmas markets or in the historical city centre shops.
They are made using many different materials (wood, ceramics, gypsum…) and are easily found in the historical city centre. They make a popular souvenir item at an affordable price. Amongst the most famous puppets are witches, fanciful puppets and other well-known figures of the Czech theatre.
More and more shops are offering wooden toys. Most of them are very good quality, however relatively expensive. They make valuable toys.
Bohemian crystal is a much appreciated souvenirs as it is one of the clearest crystals in the world. It will surely satisfy the most demanding modern and traditional tastes. There is a whole range of products in shops, from cheaper figurines to more modern objects by some of the most famous designers. Beware as there also are imitations! Some shops offer questionable products. When buying, do not rush, take your time and choose well.
The Czech Republic is the only place in Europe where you can find a deposit of these precious stones. Garnet has a dark red colour which is noticeable only in the direct light. The stones are cut in various shapes, imaginative design so it can adorn rings, glass, sculptures…You can purchase this precious stone in many jewel shops in the city, however be aware that some of the garnets sold in shops can be non genuine products.
On the Christmas Markets you can also find typical Czech Christmas tree ornaments for example hand-blown and painted glass balls, bells or wooden, paper garlands.
The Prague Christmas markets in the 2016/2017 season will be open as follow:
Peace Square (Náměstí Míru): from 20th November until 24th December 2016
Tyl Square (Tylovo náměstí): from 23rd November until 24th December 2016
Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky): from 25th November until 24th December 2016
Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí): from 26th November until 1st January 2017
Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí): from 26th November until 1st January 2017
The markets are open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m until 8 p.m. weekends.