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Prague Christmas 2024

What's Open in December in Prague


December is a magical month in Prague. Tourists travel from around the world to visit the Christmas markets, get in the festive spirit, and to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve here.

There is plenty of sightseeing and entertainment to join in with, but we do advise booking tickets and making restaurant reservations in advance as the best places always sell out.

WHAT'S OPEN during the Christmas Markets IN 2024

23RD November 2024

A local Christmas market opens at Peace Square (Náměstí Míru), just outside the city centre. Aimed at Czech people (although everyone is welcome), the market is 15 minutes walk from Wenceslas Square.


25th November 2024

A small Christmas market opens at the top of Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague.

The first Christmas Concerts are held in churches, concert halls and historic buildings.

The first performance of The Nutcracker at Broadway Theatre is held on 25th November 2024.
Prague Christmas Markets
30th November - 23rd December 2024

The main Christmas markets open at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.
Smaller markets open at Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky) and Na Kampě Square (Na Kampě).

Restaurants, tourist attractions, sightseeing tours and river cruises operate as normal. In addition, the Advent River Cruise runs every weekend in the build up to Christmas.

Christmas Concerts are held in churches, concert halls and historic buildings.

The first performance of Tchaikovsky's ever-popular ballet The Nutcracker at The National Theatre is staged on 7th December 2024.

There is a full schedule of opera at the city's opera houses.

Plus, there are typically Czech black light theatre productions.

Public transport: the Metro and trams run a normal service.
Prague Christmas Markets
24th December 2024 (Christmas Eve): Public Holiday

The Christmas markets are open.

Christmas Eve is the most festive day of Christmas in Czechia, and is the one day a significant number of businesses close or have limited opening hours.

Most tourist attractions close, although the famous squares and Charles Bridge are of course open. Christmas Eve is a wonderfully peaceful day simply to stroll around the city.

Some Prague tours are run in the morning. Day trips outside Prague are not running. The lunch and afternoon river cruises are the only boat trips operating.

Christmas concerts are held in concert halls, churches and historic buildings.

A limited number of restaurants are open, but even these have limited opening hours. Most restaurants book out in advance, so we strongly advise making reservations.

Some local convenience stores and small shops are open.
Larger shops and shopping centres are either closed or only open until midday.

Public transport:
Daytime: Metro trains run in 6-8 minute intervals. There are regular trams.
16:00-18:00: Metro trains run in 6-8 minute intervals. There are limited trams.
18:00-24:00: Metro trains run in 20 minute intervals. Night trams run in 30 minute intervals.
24:00-07:00: Night trams run in 30 minute intervals.

The Petrin Funicular Railway operates 09:00-18:00.

More information on spending Christmas in Prague: Prague Christmas Planner.
25th-26th December 2024 (Christmas Holidays): Public Holidays

The Christmas markets are open.

Most tourist attractions, sightseeing tours and river cruises operate as normal. Advance reservations are recommended as many places book out in advance.

Christmas concerts are held in concert halls, churches and historic buildings.

Christmas ballet includes The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Mozart's fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute, is ideal family fare for Christmas. It is playing at the historic Prague home of the famous composer, the Estates Theatre.
Prague Christmas Markets
There are also typically Czech black light theatre productions.

Restaurants are open. Most book out in advance, so we strongly advise making reservations.

Local convenience stores, small to medium sized shops, and some shopping centres are open. Large shops (over 200m2) are closed on the 25th and open on the 26th December.

Public transport:
Daytime: Metro trains run in 6-8 minute intervals. There are regular trams.
21:00-24:00 Metro trains run in 10 minute intervals. There are regular trams.
24:00-07:00: Night trams run in 30 minute intervals.

The Petrin Funicular Railway operates 09:00-23:20.

More information on spending Christmas in Prague: Prague Christmas Planner.


27th-30th December 2024

The Christmas markets are open.

Prague is very busy in the period between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Tourists staying on in the city after Christmas are joined by an influx of visitors arriving for the famous end of year celebrations.

Most tourist attractions, sightseeing tours, river cruises and restaurants operate as normal. Advance reservations are highly recommended as many places book out in advance.

In addition to the regular classical concerts, Christmas concerts are held in churches, concert halls and historic buildings.

Christmas ballet includes The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

There is a choice of opera performances at the city's stunning opera houses, plus typically Czech black light theatre productions.

Shops have normal opening hours.

Public transport: the Metro and trams run a normal service.
 
31st December 2024 (New Year's Eve)

The Christmas markets are open.

Tourist attractions have limited opening hours.

Most sightseeing tours operate as normal.

The lunch and afternoon river cruises operate as normal.

New Year's Eve river cruises run in the evening.

New Year's Eve concerts and ballet are held in concert halls, churches and historic buildings.
New Year's Eve in Prague
There is a sublime performance of the opera Ball im Savoy at the Prague State Opera.

Black light theatres stage early evening performances.
Restaurants, bars and clubs have extended opening hours, and many put on New Year's Eve parties with special menus. Advance reservations are essential.

Shops are open, but most close early.

Public transport: Normal metro service operates during the day on New Year's Eve, and is extended until 02:30 (last trains start their journey at 02:00). Trains run every 4-10 minutes.

Normal tram and bus services operate during the day on New Year's Eve, and are extended until 02:00. Trams and buses run every 05-20 minutes.

From 02:00-07:00, night buses run every 20 minutes.

Petrin Funicular Railway operates 09:00-22:00.
New Year's Eve in Prague
More information on spending New Year's Eve in Prague: New Year's Eve.
1st January 2024 (New Year's Day): Public Holiday

The Christmas markets are open.

Most tourist attractions, sightseeing tours, river cruises and restaurants operate as normal. Advance reservations are recommended.

New Year's Day concerts are held in the grand concert halls, ancient churches and other historic buildings.

There is a performance of The Nutcracker at Broadway Theatre.

The opera houses and black light theatres are open.

Local convenience stores, small to medium sized shops, and some shopping centres are open. Large shops (over 200m2) are closed.

Public transport: Metro trains run in 6-8 minute intervals. There are regular trams.

The Petrin Funicular Railway operates a normal service.


2nd-6th January 2024

Prague continues to be very busy early in the New Year. Tourists staying on after the Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations are joined by visitors arriving for the Orthodox Christmas Day on 7th January.

The Christmas markets remain open until 6th January 2025.

Tourist attractions, sightseeing tours, river cruises and restaurants operate as normal. Advance reservations are recommended.

Classical concerts are held in the churches, concert halls and historic buildings.

The opera season is in full swing, with several performances to choose from at the major opera houses.

There are performances of the ballet Swan Lake at Broadway Theatre.

Black light theatres are open.

Shops have normal opening hours.

Public transport: the Metro and trams run a normal service.

More Information


For information on where to stay in Prague, the weather in December, what clothes to wear, and much more, read our guide to the Prague Christmas Markets.

For a list of Christmas events throughout December in Prague: December events.

For an introduction to the city: Prague tourism information.

For practical information, including advice on currency exchange: Prague tourist information.

For travel advice: Travel to Prague and Travel around Prague by public transport.

For an easy way to visit Prague, the Prague Package includes a hotel, Prague airport transfers, sightseeing and entertainment.
informationCHRISTMAS 2024
KEY DATES
XMAS MARKETS

Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
30 Nov-06 Jan
Daily 10:00-22:00
SMALL & LOCAL MARKETS

Top of Wenceslas Square
25 Nov-06 Jan
Daily 10:00-20:00

Republic Square
30 Nov-30 Dec
Daily 10:00-20:00

Na Kampě Square
30 Nov-01 Jan
Daily 10:00-20:00

Peace Square
23 Nov-24 Dec
Daily 10:00-20:00

Tyl Square
25 Nov-24 Dec
Daily 10:00-20:00
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

30 Nov-06 Jan
Old Town Square
Daily 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30, 21:30
LAMP LIGHTING CEREMONY

Charles Bridge
01-23 Dec
Daily 16:10-16:30
ICE SKATING

Wenceslas Square
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 09:00/21:00

Ovocny trh, Old Town
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 10:00-21:00

Na Frantisku, Old Town
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 08:00-19:00/21:00/22:00

Tower Park: Žižkov, Prague 3
05 Dec-31 Jan
Mon-Fri: 15:00-20:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-20:00
MIKULAS DAY

Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
05 Dec 2024
16:00-19:00
XMAS EVE

24 Dec 2024
-16:00 Christmas Mass for children at various churches
-16:30 Christmas Mass at Tyn Church
-21:00 Open-air Christmas Mass at Old Town Square
-24:00 Midnight Mass at Strahov & other churches
XMAS PLANNER

24-26 Dec 2024
What's open at Christmas: restaurants, entertainment & sightseeing
NEW YEAR'S EVE

31 Dec 2024
Festivities & Fireworks
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