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December in Prague » What's open during the Christmas Markets 2021


December in Prague is a magical time of year. From late November to early January, visitors travel to the city for the Christmas markets, as well as to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve here. There is plenty of entertainment and sightseeing on offer, but we do recommend booking tickets and restaurants in advance, as places often sell out.
Latest News: The Prague Christmas Markets are half open!

Everything else is open and operating more or less as normal.


Read more in our guide to the Christmas Markets.

WHAT'S OPEN during the Christmas Markets 2021

27th November - 23rd December 2021

The Christmas markets open on 27th November 2021, and run daily until 06th January 2022.

Opening hours are 10:00-22:00. Free entry.

The main market is held at the Old Town Square.

The second best market is held in front of St. George's Basilica at Prague Castle.

There are also smaller markets at Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky), which is 5 minutes from Old Town Square, at Havel's Market, and on Kampa Island.

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

In addition to a regular programme of classical concerts held throughout the year, there are Christmas concerts in churches, concert halls and historic buildings.

The opera houses and black light theatres are open.
Prague Christmas markets
There are Christmas ballet performances of The Nutcracker.

Public transport: the Metro and trams run a normal service.
24th December 2021 (Christmas Eve): Public Holiday

The 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, although the squares (a major attraction of Prague) are of course open; Christmas Eve is a wonderfully peaceful day to stroll around the city.

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

There are Christmas concerts and ballet performances.

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

Some local convenience stores are open, other shops and shopping centres are either closed or open only 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 operates 09:00-18:00.

More information on spending Christmas in Prague: Prague Christmas Planner.
25th-26th December 2021 (Christmas Holidays): Public Holidays

The Christmas markets are open.

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

There are Christmas concerts and ballet performances.

The black light theatres are open.

Restaurants are open, but many of them are full, so we advise making reservations.

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

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 operates 09:00-23:20.

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

27th-30th December 2021

The Christmas markets are open.

Prague remains very busy during this period. Tourists staying on in the city after Christmas are joined by an influx of visitors for the New Year's Eve celebrations.

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

In addition to the regular programme of classical concerts held throughout the year, there are special Christmas concerts in churches, concert halls and historic buildings.

There are ballet performances, including The Nutcracker.

The opera houses and black light theatres are open.

The shops have normal opening times.

Public transport: the Metro and trams run a normal service.
31st December 2021 (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.

There are New Year's Eve river cruises in the evening.

In addition to the regular classical concerts held throughout the year, there are special New Year's Eve concerts in churches, concert halls and historic buildings.

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

The shops are open, but many close early.

Public 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 Petrin Funicular operates 09:00-22:00.

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

01st January 2022 (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.

In addition to the regular programme of classical concerts held throughout the year, there are special New Year's Day concerts in churches, concert halls and historic buildings.

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

There are ballet performances, including The Nutcracker.

There is opera at the National Theatre.

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 operates a normal service.

02nd-09th January 2022

The Christmas markets are open until the 06th January 2022.

Prague remains busy. Tourists staying on in the city after New Year's Eve are joined by Russian visitors arriving to celebrate Orthodox Christmas Day on 7th January.

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.

There are ballet performances, including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Black light theatres are open.

The shops have normal opening times.

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

More Information


For information on where to stay, the weather in December, what clothes to wear, and much more, read our guide to the Prague Christmas Markets 2021.

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

For an introduction to the city: Prague tourism information.

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

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

For a simple way to arrange your Prague city break: Prague Package.
informationCHRISTMAS 2021
KEY DATES
XMAS MARKETS
Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
27 Nov-06 Jan
Daily 10:00-22:00
Free entry
TREE LIGHTING
Old Town Square
Daily 16:30
MIKULAS DAY
Old Town Square
05 Dec 2021
16:00-18:00
XMAS EVE
24 Dec 2021
-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 2021
What's open over Christmas: Dining, entertainment & sightseeing
ICE RINKS
Ovocny trh (square behind Estates Theatre), Old Town
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 10:00-21:00

Na Frantisku Sports Centre, Old Town
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 10:00-21:00
NEW YEAR'S EVE
31 Dec 2021
Festivities & Fireworks
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