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THE SECOND ADVENT WEEK IN PRAGUE

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While everyone in Prague seems to be in a hurry to buy Christmas presents whenever they can, we went to downtown Prague to indulge ourselves with cups of mulled wine and tempting food, and now we want to share that wonderful Christmas atmosphere and more with you.

Christmas markets have a long tradition in Czech Republic.  We love going to these markets as we think it is the best place to soak up the Christmas feeling. They really bring people together to share holiday spirit.

You can find Christmas markets nearly on every bigger square in Prague. The most popular ones are on the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square where Christmas items are sold in 70 to 80 traditional wooden stalls. Náměstí Republiky, Náměstí Míru, Havel Market (Havelské tržiště) and the Holešovice Exhibition Grounds host smaller markets, which are usually less hectic than the big ones. These markets will be run from November 29, 2014 to January 1, 2015.

As on every year, there, you can find traditional Czech decorations, candles, Czech hand-crafted gifts such as Czech crystal, wooden toys, etc. You can also taste traditional Czech food that is made fresh, right in front of you. You should not leave Prague without tasting popular rolled pastries (trdelník), roasted chestnuts or pancakes. Mulled wine (svařák), warm honey liquor (medovina) come in handy in the cold weather. 

An open-air ice-skating rink enhances the festive atmosphere in a fairytale setting at the Fruit Market (Ovocný trh) in the Old Town, next to the pretty Estates Theatre, right in the centre of the city. Take a break from sightseeing and the Christmas markets to enjoy outdoor skating in a historic setting. You don’t even need your own equipment. This open-air ice-skating rink will let you borrow skates – so there’s nothing stopping you from practicing your pirouettes and spins. The great news, is that you can ice skate here for free! A small fee is just charged for skate rental, which goes to charity.  Where else can you ice skate and also help those in need? The Skate rink opens December 6 to January 31 from 10.00 to 21.30.


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