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Why should you visit the Christmas markets in Olomouc?

October 12, 2023

The historic city lies in the middle of Moravia at the junction of railway and highway routes and main roads from Poland to Austria, Slovakia, and Prague. You can get here from Vienna, Katowice, Bratislava, or Prague in two to three hours by car, bus or train.

The organizers aim to combine the historical backdrop of the UNESCO-listed city centre with period market stalls presenting traditional crafts and typical Czech and Moravian Christmas dishes.

The festival includes, among other things, a large carved nativity scene, Christkind's post office (where children send their Christmas cards), Christkind's workshop (where children engage in traditional lead pouring or making walnut shells boats), a bell tower, a historic carousel, a Ferris wheel, and an ice-skating rink with a rental service. Visitors also appreciate a route along several viewing platforms from which they can watch the action at the markets and in the city. This year, the organizers prepared a "punch trail" along several stalls with traditional and popular Christmas drinks.

The program respects regional and national Advent customs, presents folklore and other ensembles, and gives space to local music and theatre groups. Every week, one of the leading Czech bands performs here. The goal of the organizers is to create a pleasant and unique atmosphere for the Advent gathering of visitors and the joy of spending time together with family and friends.

Thanks to the support of the city, a sustainable approach and a long-term growth of the Christmas markets, the Olomouc Advent is a household name throughout the Czech Republic and abroad.

Olomouc's Christmas markets have repeatedly been ranked among the prettiest and most attractive in Central Europe in polls and rankings of lifestyle and specialized media which have been informing about the event over a long period of time.

This year, the festival will take place in three locations - the Upper and Lower Squares and  Tržnice (marketplace). After several years, the ice rink returns to the delight of children in particular. There will be 130 stands in all three locations.

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Cultural program

Sunday 19.11.

17:50 Festive opening of the Christmas markets
18:00 Lighting of the Christmas tree
18:10 Voxel & spol. –  concert

 

Monday 20.11. 

Reproduced Christmas music
 

Tuesday 21.11.
Reproduced Christmas music


Wednesday 22.1.
17:00 FUSION vocal choir


Thursday 23.11.
17:00 Davide Mattioli –  concert
18:30 Amigos – concert


Friday 24.11.
17:00 Tak co? – concert
18:30 Blues Power – concert


Saturday 25.11.
11:00 Handcraft Christmas – traditions and customs
15:00 Culinary show


Sunday 26.11.
Association of Wheelchair Users “Trend vozíčkářů” – all-day charity program with concerts

11:00 Ema White
13:00 Kláva
14:30 Richard Pogoda
16:00 Martin Šafařík
17:30 Minami


Monday 27.11.
Reproduced Christmas music


Tuesday 28.11.
Reproduced Christmas music

16:00 - 20:00 Charity town hall punch

Wednesday 29.11.
16:00 Balet Art studio – children's dance performance
17:00 Children's home choir - concert

Thursday 30.11.
17:00 Alliance - concert
19:00 Elvis Presley band – concert

 

Friday 1.12.
17:00  Legendy se vrací – concert
19:00 Isbina - concert

Saturday 2.12.
11:00 Handcraft Christmas – traditions and customs
15:00 Culinary show

Sunday 3.12.
15:00 Michal Nesvadba– performance for children

 

Monday 4.12.
Reproduced Christmas music

 

Tuesday 5.12.
16:00 Saint Nicholas giving out treats

Wednesday 6.12.
17:00 Campanella choir

Thursday 7.12.
17:00 Poutníci – concert
19:00 Jay Delvey - concert

Friday 8.12.
17:00 Fleret – concert
19:00 Triangl band – concert

 

Saturday 9.12.
11:00 Handcraft Christmas – traditions and customs
15:00 Culinary show

Sunday 10.12.
11:00 Tramtarie Theatre: Eminka and Emoušek – fairy tales for children
15:00 Tramtarie Theatre: About a confused magician – fairy tales for children


Monday 11.12.
Reproduced Christmas music

Tuesday 12.12.
Reproduced Christmas music

16:00 - 20:00 Charity punch sale with the Governor of the Olomouc Region

Wednesday 13.12.
16:00 Balet ART Studio – children's dance performance
17:00 Music band from Dr. Milady Horákové elementary school - concert
18:00 Czechia sings Christmas carols – a national event organized by the Deník newspaper

Thursday 14.12.
17:00 Piknik Michala Tučného – a concert
19:00 Stew - concert

Friday 15.12.
17:00 Christmas concert by Richard Pachman – concert

18:30 Natálie Tichánková & 4GOOD – concert

Saturday 16.12.
11:00 Handcraft Christmas – traditions and customs
15:00 Culinary show

17:00 Old School - concert


Sunday 17.12.
15:00 Uncle Líček sings – performance for children


Monday 18.12.
Reproduced Christmas music


Tuesday 19.12.
Reproduced Christmas music


Wednesday 20.12.
17:00 Mladá krev – concert
18:00 Big Band Žerotín a hudební institut – jazzy Christmas songs

19:30 Teď anebo Někde? - concert


Thursday 21.12.
17:00 My Own Star –  concert
19:00 Elán Haná revival –  concert


Friday 22.12.
17:00 Lukáš Mareček One man show – concert
19:00 Hazydecay – concert


Saturday 23.12.
11:00 Handcraft Christmas – traditions and customs
15:00 Culinary show

17:00 The Chickens Revival – concert


Sunday 24.12.
22:00 midnight mass in the open air

 

 

CHANGE OF PROGRAMME IS RESERVED

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Upper Square (Horní náměstí)

Sales stands

Monday - Sunday 10:00 – 20:00

Snack stallsthey are usually open until 10:00 p.m. The operating time can be extended according to the interest of visitors.

The stands remain in  limited operation still  26/12/2023 – 6 1. 2024

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Opening times

Lower Square (Dolní náměstí)

Sales stands

Monday - Sunday 10:00 – 20:00

Snack stallsthey are usually open until 10:00 p.m. The operating time can be extended according to the interest of visitors.

Saplings are sold every day

10:00 - 20:00

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Market Hall (Tržnice)

Ice rink, observation wheel and sales stands

in operation 19. 11. - 15. 1.

Monday - Friday 13:00 – 20:00

Saturday- Sunday 10:00 - 22:00

Free entry to the ice rink.

 

The observation wheel is in operation every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On weekdays, the rink is closedopen until 12 o'clock for schools. Operating hours of the rink endat 8 p.m.

 

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Information for visitors

How to get to the markets?

By train or bus – i.e. you are coming from far away?

Arriving by train at the main station in Olomouc, you can take a 2 km walk to the Christmas markets or use public transport, see below.
If you're traveling by bus, you will either start your journey at the main bus station and continue e.g. with tram line No. 4 to Hrdinů Square or if the bus line allows it, you will get off at the stop called Tržnice (the old bus station). 

 

Public Transport
The closest stop to the markets is Tržnice (tram no. 1, 5, 3, 7) or “náměstí Hrdinů“ (lines no. 16, 18, 4, 5, 7). From here you can walk to the square.

By car

You will find the best parking places in the vicinity of tř. Svobody Street or Tržnice. The nearest car park is at Koželužská Street 934/29. You can also park at the OC Šantovka shopping mall in the city centre and at the Legionářská parking lot, where there are also designated areas for buses. On weekends, this area gets extended by a section in front of the swimming stadium.

 

Toilets (for a fee)

  • Upper Square (Horní náměstí) – wooden-clad containers, women's and men's toilets

  • Pavelčákova Street – public toilet at the beginning of the street towards Upper Square on the left

  • Restaurants on Upper and Lower Squares (Horní and Dolní náměstí)

  • TOI-TOI chemical toilet at Tržnice (Market Hall) and other portable chemical toilets

 

Souvenir from the markets

At every stand with hot drinks, you can buy an enamel mug with a Christmas Olomouc motif in blue or red.

Charitable Christmas

We have set up three stands where charitable organizations from Olomouc and the surrounding area will present themselves during Advent. Here you can contribute to their operations or projects. A benefit concert for Olomouc wheelchair users will take place on November 26th.

At the stand of the “Dobré místo pro život” (A Good Place to Live) association, local businesses, restaurants and sports clubs offer guests punch and refreshments. Proceeds from sales go to charity.

The Lions Club booth also works the same way. The third charity stand is located on the Lower Square, where charities and associations present their work.

On December 11th there will be a charity punch sale with the Governor of the Olomouc Region, the proceeds of which will go to the Korunka Foundation.

Christmas Markets route

Upper Square (Horní náměstí) → Lower Square (Dolní náměstí) → Tržnice (Market Hall) → 750 m

The dominant feature of the Upper Square (Horní náměstí) is the Holy Trinity Column, a UNESCO monument, overshadowed during Christmas by a 15-meter-tall Christmas tree, the name of which is chosen annually by Olomouc school children. 

You will have a magic view of the entire Upper Square from the newly built wooden lookout platform made of two shipping containers. The view of the Christmas-lit square is definitely worth it!

And while you are enjoying a hot punch or some titbits, your children can take a historic carousel ride or visit the bell tower. An accompanying cultural program also takes place on Upper Square.

And back to Olomouc’s nationally famous punches! This year we have prepared a punch-trail for you. So don't forget to pick up a collector's card at selected stands.

On Upper Square you will find our wooden village of 110 stalls where you can buy Christmas decorations and gifts, handicrafts, Advent candles and wreaths. 

When crossing to Lower Square (Dolní náměstí), you mustn't miss the Christkind's workshop with the post office – this glass house is a place where children's imagination comes to life. Here, children write letters to Santa Claus, make candles or boats out of walnut shells.

The Lower Square hosts an improvised “tiny square” with twenty wooden huts mainly with artisan home-made products. Don't worry, we wouldn't let you freeze here either – there are stalls with the famous punch here as well. While walking around the square, you shouldn’t miss the nativity scene consisting of carved wooden life size statues.

Our walk ends at the Market Hall (Tržnice) where you can enjoy the beauty of Christmas Olomouc from a fifteen-meter-tall Olomouc Christmas Wheel. The Christmas decorated market hosts fifteen stalls mainly with craft items – ceramics, Christmas decorations, Advent wreaths, homemade products. After the walk, you would surely like to relax with a drop of something good to eat or drink in the Christmas tent.

What else to see in Olomouc?

If you have spare time in the city, we recommend visiting the following sights or events:

 

Exhibition of nativity scenes

Traditional nativity scenes are displayed in most Olomouc churches during the Christmas season. You can see different kinds ranging from ingenious mechanical scenes with moving figures to those in life sizes.

 

Advent tours of the Town Hall tower

We will add further information including opening times shortly.

 

Zoo and Holy Hill Basilica

Svatý Kopeček (Holy Hill) is a pilgrimage place where you will find not only the beautiful Baroque Basilica elevated to the status of a minor basilica by Pope John Paul II but also the Olomouc Zoo.

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Kulturní Olomouc o.p.s.
Pavelčákova 5
772 00 Olomouc

IČ: 28596358
DIČ: CZ28596358

olomouctrhy@seznam.cz

kontaktní osoba:

Monika Řehulková

721 017 443

Technická a produkční záštita:
Petr Ilgner

722 935 652 

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Visitors of the Olomouc Christmas markets express their consent that their audiovisual recordings or photographs may be taken during the event, which can subsequently be used by the event organizer in a manner that can reasonably be expected considering the nature of the event.

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