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Christmastime in Prague, Czechia. Discover the best things to do in December.

Prague is one of the most stunning cities I’ve visited not only in Europe, but also in the world. Out of all months, December makes for the most magical time in Prague!

For quite some time, Prague has been super high on my bucket list and so many people have told me that I needed to make my way there because it is the perfect depiction of fairytale Europe that is featured in storybooks and movies.

Christmastime in Prague, Czechia. Discover the best things to do in December.

After spending a few days in Prague and experiencing their Christmas markets, I will have to say that it was definitely one of the most magical cities I’ve visited.

Between the majestic Christmas decorations and activities, enchanting architecture, delicious food and beautiful culture, I truly fell in love with the capital of Czechia (otherwise known as Czech Republic).

A woman smiling in Prague during December

Every year, I enjoy doing a Christmas trip during the month of December.

I started this tradition in December 2017 when I went to Lapland, Finland with Crawford Concierge by SitInMySeats.

In 2018, I visited Munich/Bavaria, Germany; Salzburg and Hallstatt, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria.

During December 2019, I started my Christmas trip in Kraków, Poland and then made my way to Prague and Česky Krumlov, Czechia; Nuremberg and Rothenburg od der Tauber, Germany along with Frankfurt and Cologne, Germany.

The Christmas markets in the Old Town of Prague

Prague is the perfect European city to visit anytime throughout the year, but it is definitely enchanting during Christmastime.

The beautiful city of Prague, Czechia

I am so excited to share with you all of the magical things I did during my few days in Prague below.

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Christmastime in Prague, Czechia the best things to do in December.

Traveling to and Around Prague:

The city of Prague

Prague was the second city I visited during my 2019 Christmas market trip.

Before I went to Prague, I spent two days in Kraków, Poland. I found great flight deals through Skyscanner from JFK in NYC to Kraków, with a layover in Oslo, Norway.

From Kraków, I took a Leo Express bus from Glowny bus station to Bohumín in Czechia (it took over 2 hours). From there, I hopped on a train that took me 3 hours to Praha -Liben train station in Prague.

A beautiful hidden gem in Prague

Overall, it was around a 5 hour journey to get from Kraków to Prague, but I left early enough to get into the city at a decent time.

I bought all of my train and bus tickets affordably through Omio.

The Charles Bridge in Prague

During my time in Prague, I was able to walk almost everywhere. Prague also has Uber available, which is so convenient. There are also taxis in the city, but I definitely prefer to use Uber when I am getting around.

If you are traveling around and want to do a road trip, I recommend renting a car.

Where to Stay in Prague:

Beautiful buildings in Prague, Czechia

Throughout the city of Prague are a plethora of hotels and accommodations to suit all budgets.

In addition, you could also stay in a hostel, Airbnb or Vrbo.

A woman in her hotel room at Miss Sophie's in Prague

During my two nights in Prague, I stayed at Miss Sophie’s Hotels in their New Town location.

They also have locations in Downtown and near The Charles Bridge in Prague.

Miss Sophie’s also has a lovely historic house hotel in the town of Olomouc, Czechia, which is 2 hours away from Prague.

Miss Sophie's in Newtown Prague

I absolutely LOVED staying at Miss Sophie’s because it was in a decent walking distance to the Old Town and Christmas markets.

I also loved the Boho-Chic vibe the hotel had and it also included a wellness package. (If I wasn’t limited on time in Prague, I definitely would’ve booked a spa appointment.) What was also cool about staying at Miss Sophie’s in New Town was that it also had a hostel located across the street.

Even though I am not the biggest fan of staying in a dorm, because I do like my privacy, I thoroughly enjoy hanging out at hostels. As a solo traveler, hanging out at a hostel is an amazing way to make new friends because everyone is in the same boat.

Every morning, Miss Sophie’s offered a nice breakfast in the hostel building, which was across the street from the hotel I stayed in, and in the evening, they had a fun happy hour.

Pancakes from Miss Sophie's in Prague

As I mentioned above, I loved the beautiful vibes of Miss Sophie’s hotel. It is small, cozy, beautifully decorated and welcoming.

The hotel features 16 rooms and an outdoor garden. I stayed in the Double Room, which included a double bed, ensuite bathroom, high-speed WiFi, heating/air conditioning, in-room safe, television, mini fridge, tea and coffee maker, shelves and hangers, plus more.

(Miss Sophie’s had the same vibe as the hotel I stayed in during my time in Budapest.)

Things to do in Prague in December:

The beautiful Christmas markets in Prague during December

Prague Christmas Markets:

The Christmas markets in Prague, Czech Republic

Making it as one of the top cities with the best Christmas markets (along with Vienna and Budapest), Prague definitely doesn’t disappoint when it comes to holiday festivities in December.

When I first arrived in Prague, I couldn’t wait to make my way around the city and see all of the gorgeous markets. One of the nice things about the Prague Christmas markets are that they start in late November and go until early January.

There are quite a few Christmas markets in Prague. Below is where you could enjoy the magic:

The beautiful streets within the Old Town of Prague in December

Old Town Square: The number one most magical Christmas market in all of Prague is definitely the markets located in the Old Town square.

I will admit though that this part of Prague is mobbed with tourists during Advent Season in December. When I first arrived at the Old Town square to see the markets and the Astronomical Clock Tower, I couldn’t move at all! In all honestly, if an emergency situation happened, I wouldn’t have been able to get out of it.

Personally, I don’t enjoy places that are super crowded and overrun by tourists, but once I got past the crazy crowds, I felt like I was placed in a fairytale.

A magical Christmas tree in Prague during Christmastime

The Old Town square has a beautiful Christmas tree and decorations, stands full of mulled wine (called svarák in Czech), trdelník cakes (chimney cakes), jewelry, winter clothing, artisanal crafts and more.

There is also a stage where local choirs will sing carols along with a mini zoo for children. Plus, the surrounding buildings make the atmosphere even more special in Prague during December.

The streets of Prague lit up at night

Wenceslas Square: Located right below the National Museum are the wooden chalets of the Wenceslas Square Christmas market.

I loved hanging out there and grabbing a delicious lunch while watching the beautiful trees change colors along the Václavské nám.

It is here where I enjoyed a delicious sausage sandwich with some almond mead (called medovina), which is a honey wine. For dessert I had the iconic trdelník (chimney) cake.

A woman enjoying chocolate trdelnik in Prague

Chimney cakes, or otherwise known as trdelník (in Czech) is the official dessert of Transylvania, but they are also popular in Central or Eastern Europe.

Trdelník is a sweet bread that is freshly baked into a cylinder shape with a hollow center that resembles a chimney. You pull it apart to eat it!

The traditional chimney cake is covered in cinnamon, but you could get it with different sugary toppings such as sprinkles, nuts, cocoa or fruity powder and other crunchy toppings.

Chimney cakes could even be filled with Nutella, white or dark chocolate, caramel, fruit jams, ice cream and more. It is absolutely delicious and heartwarming and you cannot visit a Central or Eastern European Christmas market without trying one!

The Christmas tree at Peace Square

Peace Square: The Christmas market where you are less likely to deal with crowds is definitely the one at Peace Square in front of the Church of St. Ludmila.

At this market, you could enjoy everything from mulled wine, beer and mead to smoked sausages (called klobása) with bread.

The Christmas markets at Peace Square in Prague

You could also try other traditional Czech food such as pražská šunka, which is a smoked, boneless ham; langoš, which is a Hungarian flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup along with palačinky, which is similar to a French crêpe that is filled with either fruity jams, spinach and garlic or ham and cheese.

Overall, the Peace Square is a lovely place to enjoy the Christmas markets in Prague during December.

One thing to note about the Christmas market in Peace Square is that it is only open until Christmas Eve, whereas the other markets in Prague are open until early January.

The Christmas markets at Prague Castle in December

Prague Castle: Another beautiful Christmas market to go to during December is the one located in Prague Castle.

Taking place at St. George’s Square and the Stable Yard, this market is definitely one of the most beautiful I’ve visited during my time in Prague. It also had stunning views of the castle and cathedral from all around.

The Christmas market stands at Prague Castle

I came to the Christmas market at Prague Castle in the morning, so I was able to savor a pastry and hot chocolate during my time there.

Republic Square: One Christmas market I didn’t originally plan on going to, but just so happened to stumble upon it was the one at Republic Square.

A petting zoo at a Christmas market in Prague during December

Here, there were stalls selling beautiful mistletoe, wreaths, candles and other Christmas decorations. There was also a little petting zoo.

Savor an Authentic Czech Dish:

Chocolate filled trdelnik in Prague

Prior to visiting Czechia, I didn’t know much about Czech cuisine.

If you visit Czechia, some popular staples are bread or potato dumplings, fried cheese, meat with cream, goulash, open-faced sandwiches and more. Click here to discover where to eat in Prague.

Czech dumplings from a restaurant in Prague

During my time in Prague, I was thankful to have visited a few authentic restaurants, but I do want to be honest and sincere with you all. As a solo female traveler, I did not have the best experience in Prague when it came to the dining scene.

This may come as a shock to you as it did to me, but I felt very unwelcomed walking into a restaurant by myself in Prague. (That is very rare, because usually I am welcomed and respected when I am eating alone in any other destination.)

There were numerous restaurants that I wanted to visit, but when I walked in and was asked how many were in my party, I said one and then was told “Oh, we actually are full” when I saw plenty of small tables open for two (or for a solo traveler like myself).

A couple behind me was even seated after the staff told me that the restaurant was full. It made me upset and I actually questioned traveling solo moving forward, but I’m so glad I didn’t let it stop me!

Below are the restaurants that welcomed me with open arms:

Czech soup from a restaurant in Prague

Hospoda Hajnovka: When I checked into Miss Sophie’s, I was given a list of recommended restaurants in the area to check out. One of them was Hospoda Hajnovka, which was a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

When I arrived, I loved the fun and decorative atmosphere. I savored a potato leek, dill and mushroom soup with Czech potato dumplings on the side. It was tasty and I also had a Czech beer with it.

A traditional Czech dinner in Prague

Restaurace Staromáček: After a tough time trying to find a restaurant that would allow me to eat alone in the Old Town, I stumbled upon Restaurace Staromáček. It was a cute and cozy candle lit restaurant and the managers were super friendly.

The food was also the best I had during my time in Czechia. I had a chicken dinner that was similar to a chicken schnitzel with potato dumplings that was drizzled with fried onions (and a local beer on the side). It was absolutely delicious!

Wander in the Old Town of Prague:

Astronomical clock in Prague during December

Like I mention above, Prague’s Old Town is a dream, especially in December!

All of the buildings are so colorful and stunning and the streets are filled with beautiful cobblestone alleyways. It is seriously the best area to get lost in and it features a lot of Prague’s iconic Instagram spots.

No matter what time of the day it is, Prague’s Old Town is so magical to stroll around and get lost in.

The Charles Bridge in Prague

During Advent season, it is best to take a stroll through the Old Town earlier in the morning before the Christmas markets set up if you don’t want to deal with any crowds. (Click here to check out Prague city tours.)

Beautiful buildings in the Old Town of Prague

Below are the top places to see in Prague’s Old Town:

  • Old Town Square
  • Astronomical Clock & Old Town Hall
  • Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
  • The Estates Theater
  • The Charles Bridge
  • Jewish Quarter

Feel the Love at the John Lennon Wall:

A woman standing in front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague

When you cross over The Charles Bridge from the Old Town area, I recommend taking a look at the John Lennon Wall, or otherwise known as the Lennon Wall.

This wall was once a normal wall, but in the 1980s, it started to fill up with colorful love poems and short messages against a political regime that had been going on in the country.

It received its first artwork that was connected to John Lennon after his assassination. It was a symbol of freedom, western culture and political fight.

The John Lennon Wall in Prague

In 1988, following a short-lived era of democratization and political liberalization, which was known as the Prague Spring, the newly installed communist government dismantled the reforms and freedom was once again lost.

Young Czechs wrote grievances on the wall and it caused a clash between students and security police. The wall is owned by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, which allowed graffiti to continue on the wall.

Overall, I loved visiting the Lennon Wall and found it to be quite impressive.

Stroll around the Prague Castle Complex:

The Prague Castle Christmas Markets

One of the top attractions to visit in Prague is Prague Castle.

Located on Castle Hill, Prague Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important and significant monument in the country.

Prague Castle in December

Prague Castle was founded around 880 AD and it is the largest castle complex in the world. Some of the beautiful buildings you could see at Prague Castle is the Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane (a street of colorful houses) and Rosenberg Palace.

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

If you are visiting during Advent season like I did, I recommend checking out the Christmas markets at this beautiful castle.

Visit the National Museum:

The National Mall in Prague during December

One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Prague is the National Museum.

It is a Czech-focused museum that includes natural scientific and historical collections. You could find items from history, the arts, music and so much more. It is definitely a place to visit if you’re looking to learn more about Prague and the country of Czechia.

Cozy up in a Heated Igloo:

Manifesto Market in Prague during December

One of the best places to experience Prague with locals rather than tourists is at the Manifesto Market, which is a fun food and culture market in the city.

During my time in Prague, I met up with Lucka who I’ve been friends with on Instagram for around a year or so. I love meeting up with people I’ve established a friendship with on Instagram and I try to meet up with someone in every city I visit. It is such a great way to experience a place you are traveling to and it also is nice to spend time with a friend when you’ve been traveling alone.

Trdelnik cooking in Prague

If it wasn’t for Lucka, I would’ve never known about the Manifesto Market or I wouldn’t have looked into it.

It is a fun and social place that is beautifully decorated for Christmas and there are heated lamps everywhere as well as heated igloos. It is definitely a great place to visit when you are in Prague during December! Please note that in order for you to get an igloo, you will need to reserve it in advance.

During our time here, we enjoyed hot mead with plum and for food, I got a delicious soft-shell crab burger.

Czechia is not known for seafood, so it was nice to change up my diet for a bit. (Manifesto Market offers a ton of different foodie options besides Czech food. You could get fries, pho, seafood, burgers, pizza and more.)

A soft shell crab burger from Manifesto Market in Prague

After spending time at the Manifesto Market, Lucka and I made our way to a shopping mall that had a hidden courtyard with a beautiful Christmas light display and heated igloos.

Since we didn’t reserve an igloo at the Manifesto Market, we were able to enjoy the igloos at this mall since it was on a first-come-first-serve basis.

(Unfortunately, I don’t remember where the mall was located in Prague, but it wasn’t far from the market.) It was here were we enjoyed hot Champagne, which was definitely very interesting.

See the Dancing House:

The Dancing House in prague

You cannot visit Prague and not see the Dancing House (or Tančící dum in Czech).

Symbolizing modern architecture in Prague, the Dancing House was designed by a Croatian-Czech architect who was inspired by the dancing skills of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Many people will refer the Dancing House of Prague as the Fred and Ginger House.

It is a gallery and restaurant with a terrace that offers 360-degree views of the city.  

Walk up to Petrín Hill to Catch Views:

Petrin Hill in Prague

One of the best areas to enjoy amazing views of Prague is by walking up Petrín Hill. (There is also a funicular you could take up as well.)

Petrín Hill is also one of the best spots in Prague to get your nature fix in. There are beautiful parks all around, walking trails and more.

When you reach Petrín Hill, you could go to the Petrín Lookout Tower, see the rose garden, visit the St. Lawrence Cathedral and Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

When you visit Prague during the month of December, you may get lucky and get caught in a winter wonderland! Unfortunately, it didn’t snow at all during my Christmas market trip in 2019.

See the Swans at Park Cihelná:

Swans in Park Cihelna in Prague

One of the most peaceful and scenic spots in Prague is Park Cihelná along the Vltava River.

It is here where you could catch stunning views of the breathtaking Charles Bridge and you could also see the massive, but beautiful swans that are iconic to Prague. (You could even feed the swans too at a small cost.)


A woman enjoying a December morning in Prague

Overall, I had a lovely time in Prague during December 2019 and what is great about traveling to Czechia anytime during the year is that it is also affordable. I honestly thought I was going to be spending a fortune there, since it is an expensive place to travel to from the United States.

Views of Prague from St. Charles Bridge

There is still so much more I could’ve saw in Prague, so I know I will definitely be making another visit in the future.

If you have any questions about my time in Prague or Czechia in general, please email me at [email protected]

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Things to do in Prague during December

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26 Comments

  1. Jenni on December 19, 2019 at 5:10 am

    I absolutely love this guide to Prague! Really need to see it at Christmas. I’m spending a month living near Prague next May on a house sit, but need to find an excuse to go back at Christmas 😍

    • Taylor Deer on December 19, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Thank you so much Jenni! It truly was magical visiting during this time of the year. 🙂 That is awesome you will be living near Prague soon. Good luck!

  2. Kim Deer on December 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Loved this blog! I have heard so many good things about Prague and how beautiful it is. Your blog and photos made it come to life while reading it ~ Fabulous ~ Love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on December 20, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you mom! Love you too! xoxo

  3. Elena Pappalardo on December 21, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in magical Prague! Also so glad you were able to see as much as you were there; your pictures are beautiful! Sorry about that annoyance with the restaurants…I’m glad you were able to find ones who welcomed you with open arms!

    • Taylor Deer on December 22, 2019 at 1:20 am

      Thank you so much Elena! It truly is a magical city and I loved how your blogs inspired me to go. 🙂

  4. Frank on January 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Super job about super city/country👍

    • Taylor Deer on January 3, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you so much Dr. Kalupa! 🙂

  5. Ashlee Fechino on November 28, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Wow – Christmas in Prague – sounds and looks dreamy. Prague is on our life bucket list. Can’t wait to go someday. Saving you on our Pinterest for when we plan our trip to Prague!

    • Taylor Deer on November 28, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      It really is so beautiful and definitely that fairytale European city you dream of. You’d love Prague! 🙂

  6. Kitti on November 28, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    What a great guide for Prague! I absolutely love that city and would love to visit it during Christmas one day. I’d also love to explore the countryside a bit more…hopefully we can travel again soon!

    • Taylor Deer on November 28, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you Kitti! Prague sure is gorgeous! I also did Cesky Krumlov during that trip, which was also magical, but would love to go back and see more cities in Czech Republic. 🙂

  7. Hannah on November 28, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Prague looks like such a fairytale! And it looks even more magical at Christmas! It’s a city I’d love to visit! I’d love to explore the city during the day and the Christmas markets at night. And I definitely want to try that chimney cake! Thanks for the great guide!

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 12:52 am

      Thank you Hannah! Prague really is a magical place during the Christmas season. I would’ve loved to have seen it during a snowstorm because apparently that is even more magical! 🙂

  8. Anna on November 28, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I visited Prague during the summer but it looks so magical in the winter! I actually ran into some pretty rude employees at a few restaurants and I wasn’t even traveling solo. It was very strange!

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 12:54 am

      It really was magical during Christmastime! Also yes, I don’t understand why that is lol. A few people told me they experienced the same thing…

  9. Denise on November 29, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I never thought to go in December, it looks magical! I am definitely pinning for later.

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Yes, Prague is so beautiful during Christmastime. 🙂

  10. Kate on November 29, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Prague is so, so beautiful! I visited a few summers ago and instantly loved it. I would love to return in the winter, those Christmas markets are just spectacular! I also missed the Lennon wall last time, so adding that to the list!

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      It really is a fairytale city, especially around Christmastime. You would love it in December. 🙂

  11. Ildiko on November 29, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    How charming! Awesome that you make an effort every year to go the Christmas Markets. They look fabulous. The Chimney cakes with the chocolate looked delicious. I love your energy.

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much Ildiko! It is definitely a fun trip every year. 🙂

  12. Wellness Travel Diaries on December 1, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Visiting Christmas markets is one of my absolute favorite forms of travel, so now I have to add Prague to my list. Thanks for adding so much detail and giving so much information, I feel like I could spend a full month there and still not do everything!

    • Taylor Deer on December 1, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Yes, Prague was absolutely magical! There is still so much I want to see in Czech Republic.

  13. Pocket Wanderings on December 23, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Prague is such a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing all these ideas – can’t wait to visit again.

    • Taylor Deer on December 26, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      It really is so magical! I loved visiting there! 🙂

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Christmastime in Prague, Czechia. Discover the best things to do in December.

Prague is one of the most stunning cities I’ve visited not only in Europe, but also in the world. Out of all months, December makes for the most magical time in Prague!

For quite some time, Prague has been super high on my bucket list and so many people have told me that I needed to make my way there because it is the perfect depiction of fairytale Europe that is featured in storybooks and movies.

Christmastime in Prague, Czechia. Discover the best things to do in December.

After spending a few days in Prague and experiencing their Christmas markets, I will have to say that it was definitely one of the most magical cities I’ve visited.

Between the majestic Christmas decorations and activities, enchanting architecture, delicious food and beautiful culture, I truly fell in love with the capital of Czechia (otherwise known as Czech Republic).

A woman smiling in Prague during December

Every year, I enjoy doing a Christmas trip during the month of December.

I started this tradition in December 2017 when I went to Lapland, Finland with Crawford Concierge by SitInMySeats.

In 2018, I visited Munich/Bavaria, Germany; Salzburg and Hallstatt, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria.

During December 2019, I started my Christmas trip in Kraków, Poland and then made my way to Prague and Česky Krumlov, Czechia; Nuremberg and Rothenburg od der Tauber, Germany along with Frankfurt and Cologne, Germany.

The Christmas markets in the Old Town of Prague

Prague is the perfect European city to visit anytime throughout the year, but it is definitely enchanting during Christmastime.

The beautiful city of Prague, Czechia

I am so excited to share with you all of the magical things I did during my few days in Prague below.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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Christmastime in Prague, Czechia the best things to do in December.

Traveling to and Around Prague:

The city of Prague

Prague was the second city I visited during my 2019 Christmas market trip.

Before I went to Prague, I spent two days in Kraków, Poland. I found great flight deals through Skyscanner from JFK in NYC to Kraków, with a layover in Oslo, Norway.

From Kraków, I took a Leo Express bus from Glowny bus station to Bohumín in Czechia (it took over 2 hours). From there, I hopped on a train that took me 3 hours to Praha -Liben train station in Prague.

A beautiful hidden gem in Prague

Overall, it was around a 5 hour journey to get from Kraków to Prague, but I left early enough to get into the city at a decent time.

I bought all of my train and bus tickets affordably through Omio.

The Charles Bridge in Prague

During my time in Prague, I was able to walk almost everywhere. Prague also has Uber available, which is so convenient. There are also taxis in the city, but I definitely prefer to use Uber when I am getting around.

If you are traveling around and want to do a road trip, I recommend renting a car.

Where to Stay in Prague:

Beautiful buildings in Prague, Czechia

Throughout the city of Prague are a plethora of hotels and accommodations to suit all budgets.

In addition, you could also stay in a hostel, Airbnb or Vrbo.

A woman in her hotel room at Miss Sophie's in Prague

During my two nights in Prague, I stayed at Miss Sophie’s Hotels in their New Town location.

They also have locations in Downtown and near The Charles Bridge in Prague.

Miss Sophie’s also has a lovely historic house hotel in the town of Olomouc, Czechia, which is 2 hours away from Prague.

Miss Sophie's in Newtown Prague

I absolutely LOVED staying at Miss Sophie’s because it was in a decent walking distance to the Old Town and Christmas markets.

I also loved the Boho-Chic vibe the hotel had and it also included a wellness package. (If I wasn’t limited on time in Prague, I definitely would’ve booked a spa appointment.) What was also cool about staying at Miss Sophie’s in New Town was that it also had a hostel located across the street.

Even though I am not the biggest fan of staying in a dorm, because I do like my privacy, I thoroughly enjoy hanging out at hostels. As a solo traveler, hanging out at a hostel is an amazing way to make new friends because everyone is in the same boat.

Every morning, Miss Sophie’s offered a nice breakfast in the hostel building, which was across the street from the hotel I stayed in, and in the evening, they had a fun happy hour.

Pancakes from Miss Sophie's in Prague

As I mentioned above, I loved the beautiful vibes of Miss Sophie’s hotel. It is small, cozy, beautifully decorated and welcoming.

The hotel features 16 rooms and an outdoor garden. I stayed in the Double Room, which included a double bed, ensuite bathroom, high-speed WiFi, heating/air conditioning, in-room safe, television, mini fridge, tea and coffee maker, shelves and hangers, plus more.

(Miss Sophie’s had the same vibe as the hotel I stayed in during my time in Budapest.)

Things to do in Prague in December:

The beautiful Christmas markets in Prague during December

Prague Christmas Markets:

The Christmas markets in Prague, Czech Republic

Making it as one of the top cities with the best Christmas markets (along with Vienna and Budapest), Prague definitely doesn’t disappoint when it comes to holiday festivities in December.

When I first arrived in Prague, I couldn’t wait to make my way around the city and see all of the gorgeous markets. One of the nice things about the Prague Christmas markets are that they start in late November and go until early January.

There are quite a few Christmas markets in Prague. Below is where you could enjoy the magic:

The beautiful streets within the Old Town of Prague in December

Old Town Square: The number one most magical Christmas market in all of Prague is definitely the markets located in the Old Town square.

I will admit though that this part of Prague is mobbed with tourists during Advent Season in December. When I first arrived at the Old Town square to see the markets and the Astronomical Clock Tower, I couldn’t move at all! In all honestly, if an emergency situation happened, I wouldn’t have been able to get out of it.

Personally, I don’t enjoy places that are super crowded and overrun by tourists, but once I got past the crazy crowds, I felt like I was placed in a fairytale.

A magical Christmas tree in Prague during Christmastime

The Old Town square has a beautiful Christmas tree and decorations, stands full of mulled wine (called svarák in Czech), trdelník cakes (chimney cakes), jewelry, winter clothing, artisanal crafts and more.

There is also a stage where local choirs will sing carols along with a mini zoo for children. Plus, the surrounding buildings make the atmosphere even more special in Prague during December.

The streets of Prague lit up at night

Wenceslas Square: Located right below the National Museum are the wooden chalets of the Wenceslas Square Christmas market.

I loved hanging out there and grabbing a delicious lunch while watching the beautiful trees change colors along the Václavské nám.

It is here where I enjoyed a delicious sausage sandwich with some almond mead (called medovina), which is a honey wine. For dessert I had the iconic trdelník (chimney) cake.

A woman enjoying chocolate trdelnik in Prague

Chimney cakes, or otherwise known as trdelník (in Czech) is the official dessert of Transylvania, but they are also popular in Central or Eastern Europe.

Trdelník is a sweet bread that is freshly baked into a cylinder shape with a hollow center that resembles a chimney. You pull it apart to eat it!

The traditional chimney cake is covered in cinnamon, but you could get it with different sugary toppings such as sprinkles, nuts, cocoa or fruity powder and other crunchy toppings.

Chimney cakes could even be filled with Nutella, white or dark chocolate, caramel, fruit jams, ice cream and more. It is absolutely delicious and heartwarming and you cannot visit a Central or Eastern European Christmas market without trying one!

The Christmas tree at Peace Square

Peace Square: The Christmas market where you are less likely to deal with crowds is definitely the one at Peace Square in front of the Church of St. Ludmila.

At this market, you could enjoy everything from mulled wine, beer and mead to smoked sausages (called klobása) with bread.

The Christmas markets at Peace Square in Prague

You could also try other traditional Czech food such as pražská šunka, which is a smoked, boneless ham; langoš, which is a Hungarian flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup along with palačinky, which is similar to a French crêpe that is filled with either fruity jams, spinach and garlic or ham and cheese.

Overall, the Peace Square is a lovely place to enjoy the Christmas markets in Prague during December.

One thing to note about the Christmas market in Peace Square is that it is only open until Christmas Eve, whereas the other markets in Prague are open until early January.

The Christmas markets at Prague Castle in December

Prague Castle: Another beautiful Christmas market to go to during December is the one located in Prague Castle.

Taking place at St. George’s Square and the Stable Yard, this market is definitely one of the most beautiful I’ve visited during my time in Prague. It also had stunning views of the castle and cathedral from all around.

The Christmas market stands at Prague Castle

I came to the Christmas market at Prague Castle in the morning, so I was able to savor a pastry and hot chocolate during my time there.

Republic Square: One Christmas market I didn’t originally plan on going to, but just so happened to stumble upon it was the one at Republic Square.

A petting zoo at a Christmas market in Prague during December

Here, there were stalls selling beautiful mistletoe, wreaths, candles and other Christmas decorations. There was also a little petting zoo.

Savor an Authentic Czech Dish:

Chocolate filled trdelnik in Prague

Prior to visiting Czechia, I didn’t know much about Czech cuisine.

If you visit Czechia, some popular staples are bread or potato dumplings, fried cheese, meat with cream, goulash, open-faced sandwiches and more. Click here to discover where to eat in Prague.

Czech dumplings from a restaurant in Prague

During my time in Prague, I was thankful to have visited a few authentic restaurants, but I do want to be honest and sincere with you all. As a solo female traveler, I did not have the best experience in Prague when it came to the dining scene.

This may come as a shock to you as it did to me, but I felt very unwelcomed walking into a restaurant by myself in Prague. (That is very rare, because usually I am welcomed and respected when I am eating alone in any other destination.)

There were numerous restaurants that I wanted to visit, but when I walked in and was asked how many were in my party, I said one and then was told “Oh, we actually are full” when I saw plenty of small tables open for two (or for a solo traveler like myself).

A couple behind me was even seated after the staff told me that the restaurant was full. It made me upset and I actually questioned traveling solo moving forward, but I’m so glad I didn’t let it stop me!

Below are the restaurants that welcomed me with open arms:

Czech soup from a restaurant in Prague

Hospoda Hajnovka: When I checked into Miss Sophie’s, I was given a list of recommended restaurants in the area to check out. One of them was Hospoda Hajnovka, which was a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

When I arrived, I loved the fun and decorative atmosphere. I savored a potato leek, dill and mushroom soup with Czech potato dumplings on the side. It was tasty and I also had a Czech beer with it.

A traditional Czech dinner in Prague

Restaurace Staromáček: After a tough time trying to find a restaurant that would allow me to eat alone in the Old Town, I stumbled upon Restaurace Staromáček. It was a cute and cozy candle lit restaurant and the managers were super friendly.

The food was also the best I had during my time in Czechia. I had a chicken dinner that was similar to a chicken schnitzel with potato dumplings that was drizzled with fried onions (and a local beer on the side). It was absolutely delicious!

Wander in the Old Town of Prague:

Astronomical clock in Prague during December

Like I mention above, Prague’s Old Town is a dream, especially in December!

All of the buildings are so colorful and stunning and the streets are filled with beautiful cobblestone alleyways. It is seriously the best area to get lost in and it features a lot of Prague’s iconic Instagram spots.

No matter what time of the day it is, Prague’s Old Town is so magical to stroll around and get lost in.

The Charles Bridge in Prague

During Advent season, it is best to take a stroll through the Old Town earlier in the morning before the Christmas markets set up if you don’t want to deal with any crowds. (Click here to check out Prague city tours.)

Beautiful buildings in the Old Town of Prague

Below are the top places to see in Prague’s Old Town:

  • Old Town Square
  • Astronomical Clock & Old Town Hall
  • Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
  • The Estates Theater
  • The Charles Bridge
  • Jewish Quarter

Feel the Love at the John Lennon Wall:

A woman standing in front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague

When you cross over The Charles Bridge from the Old Town area, I recommend taking a look at the John Lennon Wall, or otherwise known as the Lennon Wall.

This wall was once a normal wall, but in the 1980s, it started to fill up with colorful love poems and short messages against a political regime that had been going on in the country.

It received its first artwork that was connected to John Lennon after his assassination. It was a symbol of freedom, western culture and political fight.

The John Lennon Wall in Prague

In 1988, following a short-lived era of democratization and political liberalization, which was known as the Prague Spring, the newly installed communist government dismantled the reforms and freedom was once again lost.

Young Czechs wrote grievances on the wall and it caused a clash between students and security police. The wall is owned by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, which allowed graffiti to continue on the wall.

Overall, I loved visiting the Lennon Wall and found it to be quite impressive.

Stroll around the Prague Castle Complex:

The Prague Castle Christmas Markets

One of the top attractions to visit in Prague is Prague Castle.

Located on Castle Hill, Prague Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important and significant monument in the country.

Prague Castle in December

Prague Castle was founded around 880 AD and it is the largest castle complex in the world. Some of the beautiful buildings you could see at Prague Castle is the Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane (a street of colorful houses) and Rosenberg Palace.

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

If you are visiting during Advent season like I did, I recommend checking out the Christmas markets at this beautiful castle.

Visit the National Museum:

The National Mall in Prague during December

One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Prague is the National Museum.

It is a Czech-focused museum that includes natural scientific and historical collections. You could find items from history, the arts, music and so much more. It is definitely a place to visit if you’re looking to learn more about Prague and the country of Czechia.

Cozy up in a Heated Igloo:

Manifesto Market in Prague during December

One of the best places to experience Prague with locals rather than tourists is at the Manifesto Market, which is a fun food and culture market in the city.

During my time in Prague, I met up with Lucka who I’ve been friends with on Instagram for around a year or so. I love meeting up with people I’ve established a friendship with on Instagram and I try to meet up with someone in every city I visit. It is such a great way to experience a place you are traveling to and it also is nice to spend time with a friend when you’ve been traveling alone.

Trdelnik cooking in Prague

If it wasn’t for Lucka, I would’ve never known about the Manifesto Market or I wouldn’t have looked into it.

It is a fun and social place that is beautifully decorated for Christmas and there are heated lamps everywhere as well as heated igloos. It is definitely a great place to visit when you are in Prague during December! Please note that in order for you to get an igloo, you will need to reserve it in advance.

During our time here, we enjoyed hot mead with plum and for food, I got a delicious soft-shell crab burger.

Czechia is not known for seafood, so it was nice to change up my diet for a bit. (Manifesto Market offers a ton of different foodie options besides Czech food. You could get fries, pho, seafood, burgers, pizza and more.)

A soft shell crab burger from Manifesto Market in Prague

After spending time at the Manifesto Market, Lucka and I made our way to a shopping mall that had a hidden courtyard with a beautiful Christmas light display and heated igloos.

Since we didn’t reserve an igloo at the Manifesto Market, we were able to enjoy the igloos at this mall since it was on a first-come-first-serve basis.

(Unfortunately, I don’t remember where the mall was located in Prague, but it wasn’t far from the market.) It was here were we enjoyed hot Champagne, which was definitely very interesting.

See the Dancing House:

The Dancing House in prague

You cannot visit Prague and not see the Dancing House (or Tančící dum in Czech).

Symbolizing modern architecture in Prague, the Dancing House was designed by a Croatian-Czech architect who was inspired by the dancing skills of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Many people will refer the Dancing House of Prague as the Fred and Ginger House.

It is a gallery and restaurant with a terrace that offers 360-degree views of the city.  

Walk up to Petrín Hill to Catch Views:

Petrin Hill in Prague

One of the best areas to enjoy amazing views of Prague is by walking up Petrín Hill. (There is also a funicular you could take up as well.)

Petrín Hill is also one of the best spots in Prague to get your nature fix in. There are beautiful parks all around, walking trails and more.

When you reach Petrín Hill, you could go to the Petrín Lookout Tower, see the rose garden, visit the St. Lawrence Cathedral and Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

When you visit Prague during the month of December, you may get lucky and get caught in a winter wonderland! Unfortunately, it didn’t snow at all during my Christmas market trip in 2019.

See the Swans at Park Cihelná:

Swans in Park Cihelna in Prague

One of the most peaceful and scenic spots in Prague is Park Cihelná along the Vltava River.

It is here where you could catch stunning views of the breathtaking Charles Bridge and you could also see the massive, but beautiful swans that are iconic to Prague. (You could even feed the swans too at a small cost.)


A woman enjoying a December morning in Prague

Overall, I had a lovely time in Prague during December 2019 and what is great about traveling to Czechia anytime during the year is that it is also affordable. I honestly thought I was going to be spending a fortune there, since it is an expensive place to travel to from the United States.

Views of Prague from St. Charles Bridge

There is still so much more I could’ve saw in Prague, so I know I will definitely be making another visit in the future.

If you have any questions about my time in Prague or Czechia in general, please email me at [email protected]

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Things to do in Prague during December

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26 Comments

  1. Jenni on December 19, 2019 at 5:10 am

    I absolutely love this guide to Prague! Really need to see it at Christmas. I’m spending a month living near Prague next May on a house sit, but need to find an excuse to go back at Christmas 😍

    • Taylor Deer on December 19, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Thank you so much Jenni! It truly was magical visiting during this time of the year. 🙂 That is awesome you will be living near Prague soon. Good luck!

  2. Kim Deer on December 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Loved this blog! I have heard so many good things about Prague and how beautiful it is. Your blog and photos made it come to life while reading it ~ Fabulous ~ Love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on December 20, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you mom! Love you too! xoxo

  3. Elena Pappalardo on December 21, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in magical Prague! Also so glad you were able to see as much as you were there; your pictures are beautiful! Sorry about that annoyance with the restaurants…I’m glad you were able to find ones who welcomed you with open arms!

    • Taylor Deer on December 22, 2019 at 1:20 am

      Thank you so much Elena! It truly is a magical city and I loved how your blogs inspired me to go. 🙂

  4. Frank on January 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Super job about super city/country👍

    • Taylor Deer on January 3, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you so much Dr. Kalupa! 🙂

  5. Ashlee Fechino on November 28, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Wow – Christmas in Prague – sounds and looks dreamy. Prague is on our life bucket list. Can’t wait to go someday. Saving you on our Pinterest for when we plan our trip to Prague!

    • Taylor Deer on November 28, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      It really is so beautiful and definitely that fairytale European city you dream of. You’d love Prague! 🙂

  6. Kitti on November 28, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    What a great guide for Prague! I absolutely love that city and would love to visit it during Christmas one day. I’d also love to explore the countryside a bit more…hopefully we can travel again soon!

    • Taylor Deer on November 28, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you Kitti! Prague sure is gorgeous! I also did Cesky Krumlov during that trip, which was also magical, but would love to go back and see more cities in Czech Republic. 🙂

  7. Hannah on November 28, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Prague looks like such a fairytale! And it looks even more magical at Christmas! It’s a city I’d love to visit! I’d love to explore the city during the day and the Christmas markets at night. And I definitely want to try that chimney cake! Thanks for the great guide!

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 12:52 am

      Thank you Hannah! Prague really is a magical place during the Christmas season. I would’ve loved to have seen it during a snowstorm because apparently that is even more magical! 🙂

  8. Anna on November 28, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I visited Prague during the summer but it looks so magical in the winter! I actually ran into some pretty rude employees at a few restaurants and I wasn’t even traveling solo. It was very strange!

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 12:54 am

      It really was magical during Christmastime! Also yes, I don’t understand why that is lol. A few people told me they experienced the same thing…

  9. Denise on November 29, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I never thought to go in December, it looks magical! I am definitely pinning for later.

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Yes, Prague is so beautiful during Christmastime. 🙂

  10. Kate on November 29, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Prague is so, so beautiful! I visited a few summers ago and instantly loved it. I would love to return in the winter, those Christmas markets are just spectacular! I also missed the Lennon wall last time, so adding that to the list!

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      It really is a fairytale city, especially around Christmastime. You would love it in December. 🙂

  11. Ildiko on November 29, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    How charming! Awesome that you make an effort every year to go the Christmas Markets. They look fabulous. The Chimney cakes with the chocolate looked delicious. I love your energy.

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much Ildiko! It is definitely a fun trip every year. 🙂

  12. Wellness Travel Diaries on December 1, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Visiting Christmas markets is one of my absolute favorite forms of travel, so now I have to add Prague to my list. Thanks for adding so much detail and giving so much information, I feel like I could spend a full month there and still not do everything!

    • Taylor Deer on December 1, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Yes, Prague was absolutely magical! There is still so much I want to see in Czech Republic.

  13. Pocket Wanderings on December 23, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Prague is such a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing all these ideas – can’t wait to visit again.

    • Taylor Deer on December 26, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      It really is so magical! I loved visiting there! 🙂

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