Prague has at least half a dozen Christmas Markets. The most crowded and touristy is at Old Town Square. Late afternoon and early evening, locals and tourists sip hot wine while listening to the choir singing Christmas carols on the open-air stage next to the gigantic Christmas tree festooned with twinkling lights and shining angels. Stroll along the huts, buy wooden Christmas decorations, wicker baskets or hand-knitted gloves. A throng of children has gathered in front of the stable where a donkey and several woolly sheep are waiting to be cuddled.
Nativity scene at Namesti Republiky, Prague — Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone
A lone shepherd warms himself in the hall of Kotva Department store and keeps a close watch on his live animals and his cardboard Mary and Joseph on Namesti (square) Republiky. Most Christmas scenes are set up on Christmas Eve. The St Vitus Cathedral near Prague Castle has one on display from the 24th of December to 6th of January.
If you want to see life-size figures, pay a visit to Loreta, the church of Nativity of our Lord. Go to the historic center afterwards and have a peep at the Nativity scene in the Church of Our Lady before Tyn on Old Town Square. They both can be seen from 24th of December to 2nd of February.
The Church of Our Lady Victorious in Karmelitska 9 in Mala the Strana Quarter, home to the Infant of Prague, has a Nativity scene on display until 13th January. Finally, there is a gingerbread Nativity scene in the Church of St Mathew in the Dejvice neighborhood. It is away from the center. but can easily be reached by Metro or tram. This Nativity scene is on display until 27th January.
Finally, warm your hands on a mug of mulled wine, while you watch a Nativity play on the open-air stage in Old Town Square. If this is not your idea of a good night out, grab a beer in Chapeau Rouge or paint the town red in Karlovy Lazne, the largest disco in Europe.