If I was forced to choose a favorite out of the countless Christmas markets I have had the pleasure of visiting, the honor would go to Prague. The city is just so stunning, in that fairytale sort of way, and even more so when it is all done up for the holidays.

I also found that Prague was different enough in both look and feel, from other places I’d been for Christmas markets in Western Europe, such as Berlin and Copenhagen, that it really impressed in a way those others did not.

Prague’s beautiful Old Town Square is decorated with red-roofed huts selling everything from Czech handicrafts and glass to wooden toys and Christmas tree ornaments. In addition to the shopping, there are local culinary delights such as gingerbread, potatoes on a stick and trdelnik roll, a sweet pastry smothered in cinnamon and sugar.

Markets can be found beyond the Old Town Square, on Wenceslas  Square (he of the Christmas carol), Namesti Republky and Havelske Trziste.