Prague’s Old World Street Markets Twinkle with Czech Magic
This time of year street markets light up medieval lanes of the Old Town and throughout baroque and renaissance neighborhoods in the Castle District.
Wander through the brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional Czech products such as Bohemian Crystal, wooden toys, scented candles, hand-made jewelry, ceramic mugs, hats, hand-knitted scarves, traditional puppets and original tree ornaments. Linger to sample hot sausages, Czech beer and warm drinks. Outdoor Christmas shopping is so much fun with a cup of hot wine (svařené víno or svařák) in your hand!
In the Old Town Square children can pet sheep, goats and even a llama near the Bethlehem scene, and a huge tree, shipped from the Czech mountains, is draped in a blaze of lights. And to add to the holiday spirit, local and International choirs and musical ensembles take to the stage in the Old Town Square. The Prague Christmas markets run daily throughout December. They take place at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, with smaller markets at Havelske Trziste and Namesti Republiky. All the markets are within 10 minutes walking distance of each other.
In the Heartland of America, Branson’s Holiday Events Dazzle Visitors
Where can you see over 100,000 lights gliding through the streets of a western town during a parade? Silver Dollar City theme park, one of Branson’s many attractions, hosts an “Old Time Christmas Festival” rated “One of the top 5 Holiday Events in the Country By Good Morning America. The sounds of the season can be heard throughout the park with shows such as The Living Nativity and Frosty. Kids young and old can see the jolly old elf himself at Kringles Krossing. Silver Dollar City’s grandest production show ever, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, is an original musical adaptation of the classic by Charles Dickens.
Branson offers a drive-through lights festival, a one-mile drive along a path illuminated with more than 175 displays. Branson is well known for live shows. Over 50 theaters and more than 100 shows offer entertainment morning, afternoon and night. Check out The Twelve Irish Tenors and Shoji Tabuchi. Branson offers live music and holiday cheer for every taste. www.explorebranson.com
– Marybeth Bond, Adventure Editor