Unusual Christmas Markets
Experience a different kind of the Christmas market! Enjoy the Christmas meeting at bonfires in the unique space of Manifesto Florenc. The famous street-food concept has prepared its own Advent version for winter. From 24 November to the end of the year, you can look forward to some good restaurants, design brands, heated igloos, heaters and bonfires, and the new holiday magic of a winter market. It is a new-style Christmas market in the centre of Prague that all design and craft lovers, as well as those who demand quality gastronomy will enjoy. The offer of the Angel Market under the Roof in Smíchov is even broader.
And if you are in Prague on the weekend of 4 and 5 December, come to the Prague market in Holešovice, to the Winter Lemarket – a market of fair brands in Hall 13. You can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere, buy gifts for your loved ones and personally meet Czech and Slovak fashion designers, manufacturers of natural cosmetics or chocolate. You can also buy many original gifts on the third Advent weekend (11 to 12/12/2021) at the largest open-air sales exhibition of author’s work. The Winter Dyzajn Market takes place at the square of the Prague Fairgrounds in Holešovice.
Advent in a GalleryThe National Gallery has prepared two interesting exhibitions for the Advent; they are not directly about Christmas but they are worth a visit. The first one is Forgeries? Forgeries! in the Sternberg Palace where you will see imitations of medieval paintings, sculptures and drawings. It will present forgeries executed in the style of the Dutch Old Masters of the 17th century, as well as fake works allegedly by prominent Czech painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The second exhibition is Buddha Up Close in the Waldstein Riding School. The history of Buddhist art since its beginnings will be presented for the first time in the Czech Republic in an exhibition organized by the Prague National Gallery Prague and the Rietberg Museum in Zurich. The exhibits created between the second and twentieth centuries are a selection of masterpieces in sculpture, painting and other woks of the Buddhist art from the collections of both institutions.
Discover the Tradition of Building Nativity ScenesNativity scenes are figurative examples of the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. Their history is long, the first scenes were built in the Middle Ages to tell people the story of Christmas. Today, nativity scenes are built in churches or homes on Christmas Eve. You can see them, for example, in the St. Vitus Cathedral or in the Church of Our Lady before Týn at the Old Town Square. However, if you want to see one historical and unique nativity scene, you should go to the Church of Our Lady of Victories (Bílá Hora) at the Hvězda game preserve or to the Church of St. Matthew in Dejvice.
To see an exhibition of nativity scenes (27/11/2021 to 02/02/2022), visit the Charles Bridge Museum. You will see some unique nativity scenes there, such as a life-size straw nativity scene, the Vltava fish nativity scene recorded in the Czech Book of Records, or a nativity scene made of dry corn husks.
The Bethlehem Chapel in Prague Old Town traditionally organises an Advent exhibition (27/11/2021 to 03/01/2022), this year entitled How Things Used to Be Done. You will see Czech folk crafts there with live demonstrations of craftsmen in stylised workshops, as well as traditional Christmas decorations and nativity scenes.