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Prague Christmas 2022

What's Open in December in Prague


December is a magical month in Prague. From late November to early January, people travel to Prague to visit the Christmas markets, and to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve here. There is plenty of sightseeing and entertainment to participate in, but we do recommend booking tickets and restaurants in advance, as places often sell out.

WHAT'S OPEN during the Christmas Markets 2022

26th November - 23rd December 2022

The Christmas markets open on 26th November 2022.

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

The main Christmas markets are held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.

Another sizeable market takes place at Prague Castle, on the square in front of St. George's Basilica.

Smaller markets are held at Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky), Havel's Market, and on Kampa Island.

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

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

Christmas ballet performances feature The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

The opera houses and black light theatres are open.
Prague Christmas Markets
Public transport: the Metro and trams run a normal service.
24th December 2022 (Christmas Eve): Public Holiday

The Christmas markets are open.

Christmas Eve is the most festive day of Christmas in the Czech Republic, and is 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. Trips outside Prague are not running. The lunch and afternoon river cruises are the only boat trips operating.

Special Christmas concerts and ballet performances are held in churches, concert halls, theatres and historic buildings.

Only 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 are 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 2022 (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.

Special Christmas concerts and ballet performances are held in churches, concert halls, theatres and historic buildings.

Black light theatres are open.

Restaurants are open, but most book out in advance, 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 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 2022

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 as many places book out in advance.

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

Christmas ballet performances feature The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

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 2022 (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 performances are held in churches, concert halls, theatres 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.

Shops are open, but most close early.

Public transport: The Metro operates a normal service, extended until 02:00. Trains run in 10 minute intervals (last trains begin their journey around 01:45).

Trams operate a normal service until 22:00. From 22:00-07:00, night trams run in 20 minute intervals.

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

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

1st January 2023 (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.

Special New Year's Day concerts and ballet performances are held in churches, concert halls, theatres and historic buildings.

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 2023

The Christmas markets are open until the 06th January 2023.

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.

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 2022.

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 an easy way to visit Prague, the Prague Package includes a hotel, Prague airport transfers, sightseeing and entertainment.
informationCHRISTMAS 2022
KEY DATES
XMAS MARKETS
Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
26 Nov-06 Jan
Daily 10:00-22:00
Entry is free

Republic Square
26 Nov-30 Dec
Daily 10:00-22:00
Entry is free

Prague Castle
23 Nov-06 Jan
Mon-Thu 09:00-18:00
Fri-Sun 09:00-19:00
Entry is free

Peace Square
20 Nov-24 Dec
Daily 10:00-19:00
Entry is free
LAMP LIGHTING
Charles Bridge
Daily 16:00
TREE LIGHTING
Old Town Square
Daily 16:30

Wenceslas Square
Daily 17:00
MIKULAS DAY
Old Town Square
05 Dec 2022
16:00-18:00
XMAS EVE
24 Dec 2022
-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 2022
What's open at Christmas: restaurants, entertainment & sightseeing
ICE RINKS
Čapadlo, Smetanovo nábřeží, Old Town
19 Nov-31 Jan
Daily 10:00-21:00

Ovocny trh (square behind Estates Theatre), Old Town
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 10:00-21:00

Na Frantisku Sports Centre, Old Town
22 Nov-31 Mar
Mon-Fri 08:00-17:30; Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00/18:00
NEW YEAR'S EVE
31 Dec 2022
Festivities & Fireworks
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