What to buy
As at all Christmas markets worth their salt, puppets, children’s toys and holiday ornaments take centre stage; and let’s not underestimate a well-made wooden toy as a timeless Christmas gift for small people.
But Prague lords it over the Christmas market competition with a little extra: you can pick up handwoven clothes, garnet rings, iced pernick cookies (pictured above) and seasonal potpourri. Do pick up a dinky pot or two of aromatic Frankincense as well. Burn it like incense, then inhale a deep lungful and it’ll help reinvigorate the soul. Or so the locals will tell you.
Beyond the Christmas markets, for something a little more unpredictable, head to Guma for retro animal inflatables, once a staple of Czechoslovakian playrooms (the hot-pink lobster is a particular seasonal head-turner).