If you believe the hype Prague is one of the world’s most festive holiday destinations. But for those of us who call the Czech capital home, those oh-so-merry markets can mean stress, crowds, and anything but good cheer.
With the countdown to the Prague Christmas markets on—Náměstí Míru opens a week from today on November 20—these events offer a chance to do some early Christmas shopping in relatively sane surrounds:
Café Záhorský Christmas Sellers Event
Beloved for its fantastic service and decor Café Záhorský regularly exhibits local artists including the newly opened Encounters with the Psyche by Prague illustrator Christine Lee whose stunning coloring books will be on sale at this selling event devoted to local artisans.
Made in Czechia
Czech toymakers from Fatra to Kovap will be the theme of this marketing specializing in board games, puppets, wooden trains, and more for kids and kids at heart.
This two-day event brings together original creative work, particularly in the area of fashion and accessories, design, jewelry, and cosmetics by Czech artists.
The International Christmas Festival
The annual International Christmas Festival of the Diplomatic Spouses Association (DSA) is an excellent opportunity to support fundraising activities and buy unique gifts from all over the world.
Czech Design Week
November 27-December 3
Exhibits devoted to leading Czech brands such as Prim, Preciosa, Koh-i-noor, and Tatra honor the 99th anniversary of the Czechoslovak state at this showcase of 150 leading designers from Czechia and abroad.
Charity Advent Market
This fourth-annual event in the courtyard of the historic Maltese Palace is high on atmosphere, crafts, food, and a fun program for kids.
Pottery and Craft Market
The Prague Exhibition Grounds hosts a festive round-up of sellers specializing in ornaments, ceramics, and handicrafts.
New Town Hall Advent
Regional manufacturers will sell original toys and gifts, everything from Czech plum treats to kitchen gadgets and tailored advent wreaths, as well as a rich program for families.
French Advent Market
The courtyard of New Town Hall is the setting for an open-air market offering delicacies for a Joyeux Noël from Francouzský trh, Le marché français, and more.
Old Czech St. Nicholas Market
Aristans, vendors, and traditional handicraft sellers will fill the Baroque stables of urban farmstead Toulcův dvůr for a family-friendly market and complete with workshops.
The City of Prague Museum hosts a market with glass, ornaments, ceramics, and more as well as holiday exhibits and a workshop program.
TOTORO Christmas Sale
Head over to Momoichi Coffetearia to shop for Totoro gear to please fans of the acclaimed animated tale by director Hayao Miyazaki.
Christmas Fair at Švandovo Divadlo
The foyer of this beloved Prague theater will host a small market offering local crafts, refreshments of gingerbread and hot wine, and deep discounts on the upcoming season.
A Christmas event focused on ethical gifts from sustainable food, clothes, and cosmetics to vegan versions of traditional Czech Christmas cookies.
Prague’s first-annual Christmas picnic will be held in Grébovka Park. Chose a gift or two from selected dealers and farmers and enjoy an accompanying program and workshops.
Over 100 vendors, a cultural program, and a holiday feast liven the festivities at Galerie Manes this season.
Prague Fashion Market
Prague Fashion Market celebrates 20 in a new and fresh venue; Kampus Hybernska just a few steps from Namesti Republiky. Do some pre-Christmas shopping for porcelain, prints, handbags, and more.
IWAP Christmas Market
The International Women’s Association of Prague (IWAP) will hold their eighth annual Christmas Market at a new venue, the Hotel International. Shop for authentic gifts and indulge in a great selection of snacks.
Dyzajn Market Winter
December 9-10/December 16-17
The biggest design event in the Czech Republic across two advent weekends takes places in the piazza of the National Theatre. Shop for jewelry, art objects, porcelain, decoration, toys, and stationery; with a fun cultural line-up.
Slou Fashion Days Christmas
New cafe Favorite Smetana Q is hostings its first advent market for lovers of fashion and handmade artistry; wrapping paper workshops will also take place.
An art, antique, design, and vintage market for those who love to dig for old-fashioned treasure! The market will pop-up in three different locations during the season; this one is in the original Old Town location.