The Advent is here, with the lit trees, decorated stalls and traditional snacks. The captivating aroma of mulled wine, cinnamon and traditional cookies entice even those who are not true Christmas romantics. Where to enjoy the Advent markets and the great atmosphere peacefully, and where to find a Christmas “market” under the roof? Here are five tips for you.

In the wider city center, with excellent transport accessibility, you can enjoy various local, neighborly and truly Christmas-atmosphere markets, further enhanced by a typical Prague locality or a stylish accompanying program. Let us take you to the intimate and less crowded Advent markets, where you can do your shopping and enjoy yourself as much as you want, listen to carols or go to the “winter cinema”. Furthermore, these are places that you can easily reach by public transport or shared transportation systems.

Christmas markets in Náměstí Míru square

This traditional venue of the Christmas markets, is often visited by the most impatient Christmas lovers (the market begins on 20 November) or by those who dislike crowds. The Christmas stands in “Mírák” square are located around the perimeter of the spacious area in front of the Church of St. Ludmila featuring enough space for free movement. The well-arranged market offers a variety of craft products. Besides other things, you can buy small gifts, decorations, Christmas ornaments made of natural materials or mistletoe in here. Mulled wine and other Christmas snacks go without saying - and there are plenty of benches where you can enjoy those in peace and in a pleasant ambience.

  • When to come? The markets are open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • How to get here? Náměstí Míru is an important city transport hub with fifteen tram lines, bus No. 135 stop and a line A metro station. To find out which transport means is the best for you use the Citymove app. There is also a quite a lot of purple parking zones in the vicinity offering parking for CZK 40 per hour.

Advent market in Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad square

Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad is another square in the quarter of Vinohrady with the scenery that enhances the Christmas atmosphere. The majestic Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, decorative street lights and lots of businesses in the vicinity add to the Christmas atmosphere of the location. If you are a fan of the local farmers’ markets, be sure to go to the Advent market too - there are plenty of stalls with nice gifts and typical snacks waiting for you. The market also features an accompanying program with concerts or play experiences for children. The complete list of events to be find in the calendar of the Prague 3 municipality.

  • When to come? The market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • How to get here? The “Jiřák” square has an excellent accessibility too. There is a station of five tram lines, a bus No. 101 stop and, of course, a line A metro station. Purple zone of paid parking for CZK 40 per hour is located around the perimeter of the square (Vinohradská Street and the square behind the church).
Tip: Have I got enough time to have another cup of mulled wine before my tram leaves? In the Citymove app, you can track location of the public transport means in real time. So, you need not run to the stop to find out that your tram or bus is behind the corner already or, on the contrary, that you need not hurry at all. You can peacefully enjoy your drink and walk to the station, or plan a later departure.

The Advent in the Manifesto

The Manifesto Market gastronomic concept in Smíchov combines the magical Christmas atmosphere with the comfort of seating in a roofed and heated space. You can enjoy here an ambience of a stylish market, while taking off your coat and tasting the specials on the menu - both exotic and typically Christmas and winter ones. The SOOT bar offers an excellent mulled wine, original hot cocktails or non-alcoholic grandma-style hot lemonades. The Manifesto has prepared Christmas program for children, a fairytale carousel, a piano concert or an “eat-in” cinema with movies that simply belong to Christmas, including the blockbusters such as Love Actually, Pelíšky or Crazy Stupid Love. The complete calendar of events to be found on Manifesto Facebook profile.

  • When to come? Manifesto is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • How to get here? The Anděl transport hub is accessible by fourteen day-time tram lines, two bus lines or line B metro. From the station/stop it takes a short walk (300 m) to the Manifesto Market. Parking in the purple zone (Nádražní street) costs CZK 20 per hour or you can park in the shopping mall of Nový Smíchov (free parking for 2 hours on week days; free parking for 5 hours on weekends and public holidays).

Advent Market in Vitezne namesti

Please note that these markets are not open daily. Like the popular local farmer's markets, they will be open every advent Saturday and will focus on traditional foods. From Christmas cakes to sweets to natural decorations and fish for the festive table, you'll be able to buy anything you have no time (or mood) to make. There will be plenty of goodies to make your free morning and shopping with friends more enjoyable - mulled wine, hot ciders, punch or fresh sweet and savoury pastries and even fried carp with potato salad.

  • When to come: every advent Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (December 22 to 4:00 p.m.)
  • How to get here: The Vítězné náměstí public transport stop is reached by trams of six daily lines, but there are also six bus lines and of course the metro line A (Dejvická station). Purple zones are right on the square - some for 30 CZK and some for 40 CZK per hour. You can choose the cheaper one in advance in the Citymove app.

Karlin Christmas Market

Karlinske namesti is a location with an unmistakable atmosphere. It is dominated by the neo-Romanesque Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Every Sunday, an Advent market is held here with a magical atmosphere and lots of typical delicacies. You can come with your children to admire the bethlehem or listen to carols and other performances by local school pupils and children's groups. There will also be creative workshops (not only) for children.

  • When to come: every advent Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 
  • How to get here: There are six daily tram lines to the Karlínské náměstí stop. You can also arrive by metro line B at Křižíkova station (400 m walk) or by car - the purple zones around the square cost only 20 CZK/hour.
Tip: Cycling to the Advent market? Why not. You can find a shared bike in your area and rent one from the Citymove app.