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Prague Christmas 2018

Opening Times during the Christmas Markets » December 2018

The Prague Christmas markets attract visitors to the city throughout December. The markets run every day, and there is plenty of sightseeing and entertainment to enjoy.
We advise booking in advance for all tourist services, as places frequently sell out.

What's Open in Prague in December


23 November-01 December
Christmas markets at Prague Castle are open, situated on the square in front of St. George's Basilica.

Tourist attractions, sightseeing tours, river cruises, shops and restaurants operate as normal.

There are the Christmas concerts and ballet performances. All theatres and opera houses are open.

Transport: the metro and trams operate a normal service: Public Transport.

01-23 December
All the Christmas markets are open (at the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and Prague Castle).

Tourist attractions, sightseeing tours, river cruises, shops and restaurants operate as normal.

There are the Christmas concerts and ballet performances. All theatres and opera houses are open.

Transport: the metro and trams operate a normal service: Public Transport.
  Prague Christmas markets
24 December (Christmas Eve): Public Holiday
Christmas markets are open.

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

Most tourist attractions close, however the squares (a major attraction of Prague) are naturally open to stroll around. Christmas Eve is a wonderfully peaceful day to explore the city.

Sightseeing tours of Prague operate as normal, but excursions to places outside Prague do not run. The lunch cruise is the only river cruise operating.

There are the Christmas concerts and ballet performances.

Only a limited number of restaurants are open, and these have limited opening hours. Most are booked out in advance, so we strongly advise making reservations.

In terms of shopping, some local convenience stores are open. Most other shops and shopping centres are either closed or open only until midday.

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

More travel information: Public Transport.

More information on spending Christmas in Prague: Prague Christmas Planner.
25-26 December (Christmas Holidays): Public Holidays
Christmas markets are open.

Most tourist attractions, sightseeing tours and river cruises operate as normal.

There are the Christmas concerts and ballet performances.
Theatres and opera houses are open.

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

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

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

More travel information: Public Transport.

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

27-30 December
Christmas markets are open.

Prague remains very busy during this period, with tourists staying on in the city after Christmas joined by an influx of visitors arriving to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Most tourist attractions, sightseeing tours, river cruises, theatres, opera houses, concert venues and restaurants operate as normal. Advance reservations are recommended.

There are the Christmas concerts and ballet performances.

All shops are open.

Transport: The metro and trams operate a normal service: Public Transport.
31 December (New Year's Eve)
Christmas markets are open.

Tourist attractions and shops have limited opening hours. Most sightseeing tours operate as normal. The lunch and afternoon cruises operate as normal. There are special river cruises in the evening.

Concert venues and theatres have afternoon and 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.
  New Year's Eve in Prague

All shops are open, but many close early.

Transport: Metro trains operate a normal service, extended until approximately 02:00 in 10 minute intervals (last trains begin their journey around 01:45).
Trams operate a normal service during the day until 22:00. From 22:00-07:00 night trams run in 20 minute intervals.

The Funicular Railway at Petrin operates 09:00-22:00.

More travel information: Public Transport.

More information on spending New Year's Eve in Prague: New Year's Eve.

01 January 2019 (New Year's Day): Public Holiday
Christmas markets are open.

Most tourist attractions, sightseeing tours, river cruises, theatres, opera houses, concert venues and restaurants operate as normal. Advance reservations are recommended.

There are the Christmas concerts and ballet performances.

In terms of shopping, local convenience stores, small to medium sized shops, and shopping centres are open. Large shops (over 200m2) are closed.

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

The Funicular Railway at Petrin operates a normal service.

More travel information: Public Transport.

02-06 January 2019
Christmas markets are open until 6th January.

Prague remains very busy in early January, with tourists staying on in the city after New Year's Eve joined by an influx of Russian visitors arriving to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas Day on 7th January.

Most tourist attractions, sightseeing tours, river cruises, theatres, opera houses, concert venues and restaurants operate as normal. Advance reservations are recommended.

There are the Christmas concerts and ballet performances.

All shops are open.

Transport: The metro and trams operate a normal service: Public Transport.
informationChristmas 2018
HIGHLIGHTS
Christmas markets at Old Town Sq. & Wenceslas Sq.
01 Dec-06 Jan
Daily 10:00-22:00
more info
Christmas market at Prague Castle.
23 Nov-06 Jan
Mon-Thu 09:00-18:00;
Fri-Sun 09:00-19:00
more info
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
-at Old Town Sq.
01 Dec-06 Jan
Daily 16:30
-at Wenceslas Sq.
01 Dec-06 Jan
Daily 17:00
Mikulas Day
at Old Town Sq.
05 Dec
16:00-18:00
more info
Ice Rink
at Ovocny trh, a square near Estates Theatre, Old Town.
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 10:00-21:00
more info
Christmas Eve
24 Dec
-16:00 Christmas Mass for children at some churches
-16:30 Christmas Mass at Tyn Church
-21:00 Open-air Christmas Mass at Old Town Sq.
-24:00 Midnight Mass at Strahov Monastery & some other churches
more info
Christmas Planner
24-26 Dec
What's open over Christmas
more info
New Year's Eve
31 Dec
Festivities & fireworks
more info
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