Prague has a lot to offer to travelers who spend time there during the winter months. Here are just a few of the ways that you can experience a truly memorable winter in Prague:
1. Prague Christmas Market
If there’s one winter activity that you have to pencil in during your travels if you’re spending your time in Europe, it’s visiting a Christmas market. Christmas markets around Europe in the winter are incredibly popular. In Prague, there are Christmas markets in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, which are only a five minute walk away from one another. At these markets that run from the end of November through the first week of January, visitors will experience the sights, sounds, flavors and scents of the holiday season while taking in the holiday cheer that is emitted. Buy some gifts for your loved ones, sing along with Christmas carolers and eat some of the tastiest local food that Prague has to offer.
2. Nativity Scenes and The Three Kings Procession
Walking around Prague near Christmas time, you may think that Nativity scenes are actually apart of the winter landscape, because they’re prominent around the city. There is a live Nativity scene at the Prague Loreto, which serves as the ending place of the Three Kings Procession that takes place on January 5th. After the Three Kings make their way and bow before Baby Jesus, children will have a chance to greet the Three Kings and leave presents at the Baby Jesus’ cradle.
3. Mulled wine
There are many different Christmas traditions around the world, and one of Prague’s traditions is mulled wine. Mulled wine is a great way to warm up while walking around the streets of the city during its coldest season. It is a hot, spiced drink made from red wine, some citrus fruit, sweetener and some spices. It is sold from stands set up all around the squares and in the streets.
4. St. Nicholas Eve
On December 5th of every year, Mikulas, the Czech St. Nick, wanders through the streets of Prague to hand out candy and treats to all of the good children. If you visit Old Town Square, you can catch a glimpse of Mikulas and his sidekicks, a devil and an angel, handing out the candy to the good children and slightly spooking the naughty ones.
5. Prague Christmas Exhibition
Each year, there is a Christmas Exhibition at the Bethlehem Chapel and each year the exhibition is centered on a specific theme. It runs through the end of November to the beginning of January. Visitors will be able to see a wide variety of decorations, objects, and scenes that are related to the chosen theme of the year.
have you been to Prague during Christmas? What is your favorite memory?