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Christmas markets in Czechia

 
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For many Czechs, Christmas markets (“vánoční trhy” in Czech) are the best thing about winter. The markets are a popular place to visit with family or friends for a chat over a cup of hot mulled wine or a snack. As a rule there is an accompanying programme of entertainment in which Czech Christmas carols always play a big part.

 
 
Born in Germany at the end of the 14th century, the idea of Advent season markets gained popularity in the present-day Czech Republic in the 19th century. Today, a typical market has a nativity scene display, a Christmas tree, and wooden stalls draped with Christmas lights where local producers offer a variety of goods: hand-made wooden toys, jewellery, glassware, and of course traditional  Czech treats: roasted ham, sausages and sweet “trdelník”.
 
Prague has the biggest Christmas markets, taking place at various locations across the city but mainly in the historic Old Town Square, where the city’s main Christmas tree is set up. The Old Town Square market is the oldest and probably the most popular. Recently the CNN ranked it among the world’s best thanks to its special Christmas spirit.  
 
Do you want to explore Czech Christmas markets and enjoy their festive atmosphere? The markets mostly run from late November until early January and you are welcome to visit them free of charge. Experience the tradition in Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Český Krumlov, Pardubice, Karlovy Vary, or in a vast number of smaller towns across the country.
 
Author: Nathalie Koubayová
 
Added: 24.03.2017
 
 
 

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