Prague Christmas Markets 

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In this post, I will share my Top 5 Christmas markets in Prague, so you do not have to spend your entire Christmas vacation searching for the best ones.

Before we get into it, I have a quick tip for your advent market visit: bring cash!

Most vendors will accept cards in 2022 but definitely not all of them.

Prague castle market - náměstí U Svatého Jiří.

Timing: Open from Nov 23, 2022 to Jan 6, 2023, daily at 9AM - 6PM, on Sundays till 7PM.

This market is located between gothic St Vitus cathedral and St. George’s basilica which makes it one of the most picturesque advent markets in Prague.

Prague castle market - náměstí U Svatého Jiří.

To get there, you will need to take a tram 22 or 23, get off at the stop Pražský hrad (Prague castle) and enter the complex crossing the Powder bridge.

After that, just go to the back of St. Vitus cathedral - you won’t miss its 96,5 m tall tower - and you will find the market there.

This is one of the bigger Christmas markets in Prague (around 15-20 stalls). It is worth visiting especially if you are planning to explore Prague Castle.

Most stalls sell food and drinks, and only a couple offer gifts afnd souvenirs.

Regarding the prices, Prague Castle market is not the cheapest, you’ll get a hot wine for 90 czk (3.70 EUR), 0,2 dcl of mead for 140 czk (5.75 EUR), and Pilsner beer for 75 czk (3.08 EUR).

An average cost of meal at this market is 160 czk (6.57 EUR).

This is cheaper than in a restaurant, of course, but you won’t have so many traditional options, mainly fast food such as burgers, chips, hotdogs etc.

The Christmas tree at Prague Castle market is traditionally decorated by the maintenance workers of Prague Castle and you can find a box for charity they support under it.

Castle guards kick off the market with Christmas music.

Old Town Square - Staroměstské náměstí.

Timing: Open from Nov 26 till Jan 6, daily at 10AM - 10PM

The market on the Old Town Square is a must see, simply because it is the oldest and the biggest one in the city, and it also has the tallest Christmas tree.

Continuing with the superlatives, this market is the most beautiful one in Prague, so I recommend stopping by to take some amazing photos there.

The market at the Old Town square has mainly food stands, but you can also find some souvenirs and Christmas decorations there.

Old Town Square - Staroměstské náměstí.

There are 2 things you should know before you visit this market.

Firstly, it is insanely crowded, especially in the evening when all the Christmas lights and city illumination is on.

You probably expect the second point to be about high prices due to market’s central location, but that is not necessarily the case.

It is true that you won’t find drinks for regular prices here (beer is still 75 czk, and hot wine is 90 czk), but the cost of meals (if we can trust the menus) is acceptable - around 150 czk per portion.

What I found strange about this market is the selection of dishes and snacks they offer: burgers, hotdogs, fries, but nothing from traditional Czech cuisine.

Therefore, when it comes to eating, I can only recommend the Old Town square market if you want to get fast food.

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Náměstí Republiky- near the bank.

Timing: Open from Nov 25 to Dec 24, daily at 10AM - 7PM

Luckily, there is a market where you can fill your belly just 5 min walk from the Old Town Square.

It is located at náměstí Republiky, but be careful, it’s not in front of the shopping mall Palladium.

The market I want to recommend is tucked away on the side of the bank just across the tram tracks from the mall.

We can finally rejoice at the cost of hot wine - 65 czk (2,6 EUR) - it will be hard to find anything cheaper than that!

Náměstí Republiky- near the bank.

Other drinks and foods were also 1-2 euros cheaper. They also sell souvenirs and small gifts as well as ginger bread cookies and pancakes.

This market might not be as picturesque as the previous ones, but it’s a good option if you are on a budget and still want to enjoy the advent markets in the city centre.

Make sure to visit this market before it closes until next year on December 24th!

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Advent market at náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad.

Timing: Open from Nov 28 - Dec 23, daily at 10AM - 8PM

If you want to avoid crowds of tourists and hang out with locals and expats, head out to the advent market at Jiřího z Poděbrad metro stop.

Unlike most Christmas festivities, I’d recommend visiting this one during the day, not in the evening.

Advent market at náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad.

This Christmas market is quite small (10-12stalls), but you can also visit the adjoint farmers market at the same square.

The farmers market is opened from Wednesday till Friday from 8 am till 6 pm, and Saturday till 2 pm.

The advent market combined with the farmers market makes your visit more eventful and doubles the amount of local delicacies and products you can purchase.

If you want to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the Christmas market without the shopping buzz, plan your visit after the farmers pack up their goods.

Since this market is located outside of the city centre, you will need to take a metro green line to get there.

Make sure to visit this market before it closes until next year on December 23rd!

Náměstí Míru advent market.

Timing: Open from Nov 25 to Dec 24, daily at 10AM - 7PM

We saved the best for last! Náměstí Míru advent market has it all: typical street food, hot wine and other warm drinks, locally made delicacies and Christmas gifts.

You will also appreciate the affordable prices and nice friendly atmosphere of the Prague 2 district community.

The only downside of visiting this market is the crowds.

It is probably not as busy as the market on the Old Town square, but it is definitely hard to find a place to stand in a crowd of locals enjoying their drinks after work here.

Náměstí Míru advent market.

It is definitely worth visiting though, as this market has products you won’t find anywhere else close to the city centre, such as cukroví - traditional Christmas cookies, jams, hand-made baskets, mistletoe, and other typical festive bit and bobs.

To get to this market, you will need to take metro green line to Náměstí Míru, or tram 22, 10, or 16 to the stop with the sam name.

Lastly, this market is best to be enjoyed in the evening, when the illumination of the nearby church of St. Lyudmila and the lit up Christmas tree create a magical atmosphere of the upcoming holiday.

Make sure to visit this market before it closes until next year on December 24th!

I hope you will enjoy my top 5 Prague advent markets picks! Valery, Real Prague Guides on YouTube.

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Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: abril 30th, 2023
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