Christmas markets operate from late November until just after New Year's day, with stalls and Christmas carols, bringing the city to life at Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Havelske Trziste and Namesti Republiky. Traditional Czech handicrafts such as Bohemian Crystal, wooden toys, scented candles, hand-made jewelry, ceramics, hats, scarves, puppets and tree ornaments are among the items for sale. Hot food such as corn, sausages and local specialties, are typically washed down with Czech beer, and hot wine. A Christmas tree goes up in Old Town Square, and a blaze of lights is turned on each night around 5pm.
Easter markets take over the city center, harbingers of Springtime. Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square typically have over 100 stalls with crafts such as wooden toys, crystal and glass-ware, jewelry, candles, embroidered cloth, and traditional puppets and dolls. Hand-painted Easter eggs are sold by traditionally costumed women, and barbecued sausages, roasted ham, and local Pilsner beer aren't hard to find either. The hot sugared pasty Trdelnik may also be sampled. Folk singers and dancers travel from all over the Czech Republic to perform on stages set up around the markets.