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If you are travelling to Prague during the winter months, you are in for a treat. The Czech capital begins a transformation into a winter wonderland as the streets become covered in powder-soft snow and the rivers turn frosty. As well as looking like the pages of a fairy tale, winter is a magical time for events and activities as the festive season approaches. From market shopping to musical events, here is a list of exciting activities to tick off your list when you travel to Prague this winter.
International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music
Embrace the festive season fully with an evening of Christmas songs. Including choirs from all around the world, the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music is an event not to be missed. Head to Prague’s historic Old Town Square, where the air will be filled with harmonious sounds. There is a week of performances and fun to enjoy.
30th November – 1st December 2018
Old Town Square Christmas Market
You can’t visit Prague without a trip to their iconic Christmas markets. The Old Town Square Christmas Market is the biggest (and probably best) one in the city. You’ll be greeted with an array of dazzling stalls, stacked high with handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Once you are all shopped out, head to one of the tasty food stands for a timely break. If you are lucky, you’ll also catch a carol concert or live music performance in the centre of the square.
2nd December 2018 – 6th January 2019
Ice skating at Ovocny Trh
Winter in Prague would not be complete without an al fresco ice skating session or two. Ovocny Trh is a beautiful spot in the Old Town surrounded by historic buildings. It closes late in the evening, is free to visit with skates to rent, and is probably the most popular choice. For a slightly larger space to showcase your moves, Na Frantisku has a pretty (though slightly more expensive) rink next to the Vlatva River.
5th December 2018 – 30th January 2019
New Year’s Eve
If you are looking for somewhere magical to ring in the New Year, Prague is the ideal destination. Their annual fireworks display is the jewel in the crown of their celebrations. To welcome in 2019, a spectrum of amazing colours will light up the sky. Gather with the crowds at Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square or along the the Vltava River for the best views of the show.
Vinohrady Carnival Market
The market fun doesn’t stop after Christmas in Prague, the Vinohrady Carnival Market at Tylovo Square starts at the end of January. It is a way of celebrating Prague’s folk past, with handmade goods made from wood, wicker and animal skins. You can also sample a range of delicious delicacies like speciality cheeses and traditional sweets.
28th January – 17th February 2018