Experience the true Christmas atmosphere in Pilsen
If Pilsen is simply irresistible during the year, whether that may be in spring with its blossoming parks or summer with its atmosphere of festivals and outdoor terrace bars and restaurants, the Christmas season is twice as powerful. With the first Advent Sunday, where the giant Christmas tree is lit on Republic Square, the city turns into a wonder of lights, radiating the festive atmosphere. While enjoying a walk through the historical city centre, you’ll be enchanted by the decorations in the streets and adjacent parks. Where and how can you have the best experience possible?
At the traditional Advent Market
The Advent Market will open on November 23rd. Up until Christmas Eve, you can visit the market to purchase artisanal goods and draw inspiration for handmade Christmas gifts and decorations. With mulled wine or hot punch in hand, take in the Christmas atmosphere, and don’t forget to make a wish in front of the small angel on the grating behind the cathedral or ring the magical bells nearby the wooden Nativity scene. On the first Advent Sunday, together with the sound of carollers, the giant Christmas tree will be lit on Republic Square.
At the other Nativity scenes
Every year in Pilsen, numerous Nativity scenes sprout up. The largest carved Nativity scene is made up of 72 figures and it encircles the space right around the Christmas tree on Republic Square. However, there are other Nativity scenes to visit in Pilsen’s churches, including St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral. You can also view an enchanting Nativity scene in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on Františkánská Street.
While riding the Christmas tram
Ho-ho-ho. Pilsen has its own specially decorated Christmas tram that regularly ranks amongst the most popular Christmas trams in Europe. Apart from its exterior coating that features Pilsen’s dominant landmarks, the tram is adorned with nearly two thousand lights and Christmas decorations inside as well.
Even if you don’t have a reason to take the tram somewhere, you’re at least going to want to get a picture of it.