The last Saturday in November is always a special day. For the last eight years I always start my vacation on this day and always go to Old Town Square in Prague for the start of the Christmas Markets and the lighting of the tree. Over 40,000 people showed up for the opening despite the shadow of a terror threat.
Always a spectacular scene with the red roofs of the markets, the 80 foot Christmas tree adorned with 20,000 lights, with a backdrop of the medieval square’s Tyn Church and the Chapel of St. Micheal, always create a festive and romantic atmosphere.
The small lanes leading to the square with the Christmas Tree in the background create such a magnificent scene that one is anxiously drawn into the square for the celebrations of choirs from around Europe.
Of course the food is always a highlight after the initial awe of the spectacle. Fire roasted Prague Ham and Sausages are quite delicious, as well as the pastry known as Trdelnik, a sweet pastry baked over an open fire and coals, originating in Transylvania, but now the culinary heritage of several European countries.
The markets go until the 2nd week of January so there is plenty of time to experience this magical time, as all the squares of Prague are adorned with trees and Christmas Markets.