One of the bonuses of visiting Prague in the winter are the Christmas Markets. We don't have these outdoor markets where we come from in Canada (most likely due to the weather) and we missed out on the Christmas feeling last year as we spent the holidays in Gabon so both of us were really looking forward to getting into the Christmas spirit.
While they were setting up the market in Old Town Square when we arrived in Prague, the kickoff was Saturday evening with the lighting of the tree. Having spent the afternoon on the other side of the river, we followed the crowds back to the square just after dark. There were literally thousands of people trying to find a spot around the large tree; children bundled up in snowsuits, ready to be hoisted onto their parents' shoulders, young couples holding hands and tourists all taking part.
Eventually, the lights in the square were dimmed and a few minutes later, the tree lighting ceremony began, set to instrumental music. It was a bit of a spectacle with different sections illuminating to the music until finally, it all culminated in the entire tree lighting up to the cheers of the crowd.
I couldn't count how many of these delicious pastries I consumed over the course of our stay in Prague. Dough wrapped around a stick, roasted over hot coals and then seasoned with sugar and cinnamon made the perfect treat at any point in the day.
It was the perfect start to December and the Christmas season and great to see Prague in festive spirits.