Christmas Market in Prague Old Town

It’s December and we have entered the time of Advent, waiting period for Christmas. Streets and shops are decorated nicely, a lot of small lights all around. I love Christmas and the shortest days in a year are full of light and color. In Prague we have Christmas markets at most of the squares, small ones or big ones, the atmosphere is quite beautiful. This year the main Christmas Market at Old Town Square started with lightning up the Christmas Tree on Saturday Dec 1st.

Christmas Tree 2012

Christmas Tree 2012

The tree has 22 metres, botanically it is Spruce Fir Graceful and Prague people got it as a gift from a noble family of Colloredo-Mansfeld. It grew up at Western Bohemia close to the village Holoubkov. And now we have it in Prague, nicely decorated with Czech traditional Gingerbreads, a bit oversized, and not for eating, but still very traditional.

Decorations

Decorations

This morning I took a walk to see how the Markets are waking up for new day and I want to share some shots with you.

Morning in Prague Markets

Morning in Prague Markets (click for better view)

At the markets you can buy a lot of stuff connected with Christmas or winter, like tree decorations, caps, scarfs, but also Czech glass, table clothes, wooden toys, sweets and many more. People love to come to have some food, like traditional pig, sausages, chestnuts, trdelník.

Tasty pigglet

Tasty pigglet

You can meet a bellman, who anounces the time for us.

Typical Czech Bellman

Typical Czech Bellman

Finally it started to snow just a little today, look how it looks when there is more snow in Old Town Markets.

White Christmas

White Christmas

You can see how the Markets look like at the evening  at the other set of pictures.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

And the top of Markets is Dec 23, with bell concert, see on vimeo page:

Evening at Christmas Markets

Evening at Christmas Markets

My Post about Christmas:
PragueChristmasSKOI

Betlémy – nativity scenes
Christmas Market in Prague Old Town
Christmas Crafts Markets in Prague
Czech Christmas Ornaments (Rautis)
Traditional Gingerbreads
Christmas Wish 2012
Family Tradition – Fire-crackers

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LaVagabonde
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 13:48:55

    Beautiful! It looks even nicer than Budapest’s.

    Reply

    • PragueByKaty
      Dec 03, 2012 @ 13:50:49

      Thanks, I was in Budapest Christmas Markets last yeat and I loved it a lot. In Prague is perfect that you can climb up the Tower (or take a lift) and see it from above.

      Reply

  2. Our Adventure in Croatia
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 15:07:41

    beautiful…. poor piggy….

    Reply

  3. bubblytee
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 16:00:16

    wonderful images! thank you!

    Reply

  4. antheaschronicles
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 13:42:11

    Oh this is so beautiful- I hope I visit prague someday

    Reply

  5. JasmineKyleSings
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 16:31:15

    What an amazing journey you have been on. So many wonderful new things to see and talk about. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Reply

  6. Poetry and Musings
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 21:21:19

    very very lovely!! would love to visit!!

    Reply

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