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There won’t be any large Christmas Markets this year in Prague, says official

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 The Christmas celebrations in Prague will be limited this year due to the pandemic, there will be a lack of traditional large markets and accompanying events Councilor Jan Chabr told ČTK. The tree on the Old Town Square will be put up, according to the councilor, and there still may be several stalls, however not to the scale of previous markets. The Christmas markets in Prague are organized annually by the Taiko company, who has not made a statement. 

According to Chabr, markets are a social event with a large concentration of people. “For this reason, given the epidemiological situation, it would probably be very inappropriate to hold Christmas markets to the extent and size we are used to from previous years,” he said. He added however, that the municipality also does not want to omit the Christmas celebrations completely, even for psychological reasons.

The atmosphere in the Old Town Square will still have the traditional large spruce and Christmas decorations. “On the other hand, the decoration will not be expensive or pompous. If the epidemiological situation allows it, we are ready to add a few decent small stalls, but at the moment we do not count on the classic variant of Christmas markets,” said Chabr.

Taiko has already chosen a tree to erect in the Old Town Square. It will be a 19-meter-tall Norway spruce that grew near Jílové near Prague. Last year’s spruce came from Semily in the Liberec region. Markets in the center of the metropolis normally take place from the turn of November and December to the beginning of January. In addition to Old Town Square, they also live on Wenceslas Square, Peace Square and other places in Prague.

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