A true Christmas atmosphere, wide range of regional products and great programme characterize the Opava Christmas Market that every year attracts tens of thousands of visitors from Opava and the surrounding area, including Poland. The Christmas market first took place in 1999. In the present day the market starts on the first Advent Sunday and ends just before the Christmas Eve. The cultural programme features popular musicians and groups, local groups, and workshops for children, including Santa’s Post Office. A traditional and very popular event is the lighting of the city Christmas tree and fireworks. An important part of the market is a nativity scene made by students from the Secondary Technical and Art School in Opava. Every year the nativity scene grows bigger as the students add new life-size figures. The city hall tower is open to public during the Advent season so you can enjoy the view of Opava at Christmas.
The Easter Market traditionally takes place at Dolní Square. The market features an attractive cultural programme and many stalls with a great variety of products. You can enjoy folk traditions, fairy tales for children, concerts and performances by popular national and local singers and groups. The vendors offer local products, Easter decorations and great food and drinks. The Easter Market starts two weeks before Good Friday.
The Farmers Market first started in 2012. The market is held on Dolní Square from March to November on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (excluding public holidays). Depending on the weather, you can buy produce from 10 to 30 sellers. The offer includes seedlings and young plants, potted herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, meat products, or aged beef. In 2019 there were 70 different sellers offering their produce in the course of the year. Occasionally the market features demonstrations by local craftsmen and in autumn there is a pig-killing feast.