The Ambiance of a Czech Xmas
Come to Prague at Xmas and sample the unforgettable and distinctive ambiance from Xmas markets, to the fantastic Xmas concerts hosted at several churches and venues. On the markets, you can sample some hot mead or wine whilst watching the craftsmen demonstrate their traditional trades. Xmas markets are not only held at the famous Old Town Square, but also at several smaller squares, and in courtyards all across Prague and different cities. You can watch both live performances and nativity scenes.
If you are in Prague over Xmas, be sure to take a stroll through Old Town Square, as this hosts the biggest Xmas market.
Also, there is a large Wenceslas Square market where you can shop from the end of November, until the begining ofJanuary. On the main stage, live performances are given, and the children´s choir singing Xmas carols is a particularly memorable feature of this. Be sure to taste some hot mead, which is an alcoholic beverage made with honey. Normally, the stalls that sell mead also provide a fantastic array of bee items, such as wax and honey candles. Should you be searching for a present for the younger members of your family, then the traditional wooden Czech toys that are on sale are a good choice.
For a shopping spree, visit the Namesti Republiky Palladium Shopping Mall. The Xmas market hosted here also has lots to offer. Get warmed up with a hot glass of wine, sample some “trdelnik” – a unique sweet pastry comprised of rising dough, and covered with almonds and sugar.
Your itinerary for Xmas should at least include one concert of classical music. The sumptuous halls of the Municipal House, or the Rudolfinum Concert Hall, produce the ideal Xmas ambiance. Also, classical music can be heard in lots of the Prague city centre churches, including Jude´s and Saint Simon´s church, and Saint Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square.
When it is snowed, Prague is unforgettable, but you also need some luck with that. If you follow the steps from Charles Bridge along to Kampa, there are many romantic corners illuminated by traditional picturesque street lighting. Within the churches, there are many nativity scenes to admire. These nativity scenes are very intricate, and both adults and children will find these fascinating.