Christmas markets during coronavirus
The Christmas markets are one of the most popular events throughout the country. They usually start on the first Advent Sunday and end either just before Christmas Eve, or after New Year’s Eve. Both Czechs and foreigners have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday atmosphere for several weeks
. This year, things will be different. Some markets are cancelled due to the epidemiological measures, others are restricted or still under planning at the moment. Naturally, with adherence to all the safety measures. The Prague Christmas markets
at St. Wenceslas Square
and the Old Town Square
have been cancelled this year. So, if you do go to Prague, you have the opportunity to enjoy the season when Prague
is usually full of tourists in a slightly different way with some mulled wine, punch, grog or mulled cider
from a stand or a restaurant or café take-out window. Not many tourists come to Prague with regard to the valid restrictions, and as such you have a unique opportunity to take an evening stroll through the lit centre without any crowds of tourists. Take it! You will definitely enjoy wandering through the romantic Malá Strana streets
, Petřín Orchard
or taking a few photos at Charles Bridge
, where you will almost be alone! Unfortunately, the markets in Brno
have also been cancelled. Popular, and also internationally praised, markets take place every year in Olomouc
(30 November – 24 December) and in Český Krumlov
(27 November – 6 January). These two cities have not as yet cancelled their markets. They have restricted the number of stands, and thus the number of visitors. At this time, the markets are planned to be open, but this will depend on the current situation
and the instructions of the government and responsible authorities prior to their commencement. Public health is a priority.
Open-air sports fields Outdoor sports fields
are an inherent part of Christmas in the city. Particularly ice rinks, which are popular with both adults and children. Ice-skating is great fun and an excellent way to enjoy winter weather in the city. For example, in Prague you will find ice-rinks every year at the Fruit Market
behind the Estates Theatre
, under the TV tower at Žižkov
, Na Františku
at Saint Agnes Convent
, at Letná
or at shopping centres.
Will the ice rinks open this year? That’s a good question. They might. The current epidemiological situation indicates that, however, it will be confirmed according to the situation at the given time. If you enjoy evening ice-skating in the city or a park, please, contact the nearest tourist information centre and ask whether or not the ice-rinks are open. They will be happy to assist you.
The Czech landmarks are currently closed, or admissions are limited. Do you know how to get to the Czech museums and galleries in spite of that? Many of them are offering virtual tours including, for example, the Prague City Museum
). You have the opportunity to look inside the Old Town
as well Malá Strana towers
that are a part of the Charles Bridge. The National Gallery in Prague
offers guided tours that they upload to YouTube, as well as classic virtual tours of their collections where you decide what the camera should point at (https://www.ngprague.cz/en/about/news/ngp-online
). Naturally, it does not compare to the experience and joy of seeing your favourite artist with your own eyes, but it is good that we can at least keep culture in our lives thanks to technology.
How to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere?
This year, a lot of things are different to what we are used to. Coping with the events around us is a challenge for all of us, as well as adjusting to the situation. We have to look for new ways. If you decide to travel to the Czech Republic this year to enjoy Christmas
, you will need to find new ways to enjoy the holiday season. Try to take the path of the essence of Christmas, follow its message. Use the time to renew the connection
with your loved ones, to enjoy the free time and to consider how to help others
. Because Christmas is not just about gifts and shopping, its essence lies in the time spent together. For example, during a romantic stroll through the lit town.