December is the month of twinkling stars, live carp and Christmas shopping. Prague is in a festive mood. Locals and tourists gather at Old Town Square, wander around the Christmas market and sip mulled wine. Housefathers buy carp from the street vendors who have set up huge plastic tanks in which live carp swim around. Carp is the favorite Christmas meal.
Prague has not just one Christmas market, each neighborhood has its own. The one at Old Town Square is the biggest and liveliest. If you like to mix with the locals do your Christmas shopping at market in the Vinohrady district. Prague shopping malls sparkle and twinkle with lights. Chodov shopping center organizes special Christmas activities for children in the days before Christmas.
Be sure to visit Kubista, a wonderful shop brimming with objects inspired by cubism. You are sure to find an unusual present like a cubist style ceramic tea set. Rings or bracelets with inlaid deep red garnets are exquisite gifts for a special person. When you buy these at Cesky Granat Turnov. you will get certificate of origin showing that these stones are from the Czech Republic and not from India. Dum Porcelanu is the best shop for blue onion porcelain at non-tourist prices. If you have done enough shopping, you can feed the donkey and sheep at the live manger in Old Town Square.