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Prague Christmas 2017

Opening times » December 2017

The Prague Christmas markets attract visitors to the city throughout December, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. The markets are open daily, and there is plenty of sightseeing and entertainment on offer throughout. Advance reservations for all tourist services are recommended, as venues and tours frequently sell out.

What is Open and When in December 2017?

24 November-01 December
The Christmas markets at Prague Castle are open.

02-23 December
All Christmas markets are open.

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

For entertainment, there are festive classical concerts, plus all theatres and opera houses are open.

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

24 December: Public Holiday
All Christmas markets are open.
 Prague Christmas markets

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

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

Sightseeing and walking tours of Prague are running, but excursions to places outside Prague are not. The lunch cruise is the only river cruise operating.

For entertainment, there are festive classical concerts and ballet performances.

A small number of cafés open for drinks and lights snacks.
Only a limited number of restaurants are open (with limited opening hours), so we strongly advise making advance reservations.

For shopping, only local convenience stores are open.

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 20 minute intervals.
24:00-07:00: night trams run in 30 minute intervals.

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

General travel information: Prague Public Transport.

More information: Prague Christmas Planner.
25-26 December: Public Holidays
All Christmas markets are open.

Most tourist attractions and sightseeing tours, and cafés and shops operate as normal.

For entertainment, there are festive classical concerts, plus all theatres and opera houses are open.

Many restaurants are open and some have special menus, but most are booked out far in advance, so we strongly advise making reservations.

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.

General travel information: Prague Public Transport.

More information: Prague Christmas Planner.

27-30 December
All 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 shops, cafés, restaurants, theatres, opera houses, tourist attractions and sightseeing tours operate as normal.

There are festive classical concerts and ballet performances.

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

31 December
All Christmas markets are open.

Shops and tourist attractions have limited opening hours.
Most sightseeing tours operate as normal.

Concert venues and theatres have afternoon and early evening performances. There is a special New Year's Eve Gala at the Estates Theatre.

Restaurants, bars, clubs and nightlife venues have extended opening hours, and many put on New Year's Eve parties with special menus. Advance reservations are essential.

Transport: metro trains operate a normal service, extended until 02:30 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.

General travel information: Prague Public Transport.

More information: Prague New Year's Eve Planner.

01 January 2018: Public Holiday
All Christmas markets are open.

Most shops, cafés, restaurants, theatres, opera houses, tourist attractions and sightseeing tours operate as normal.

There are special New Year's Day concerts at the major concert halls.

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

The Funicular Railway at Petrin operates a normal service.

General travel information: Prague Public Transport.

02-08 January 2018
All Christmas markets are open until 6th January.
The Christmas markets at Prague Castle are open until 8th January.

Prague is still very busy during this period, with tourists staying on in the city after New Year's Eve joined by an influx of Russian visitors, arriving to celebrate their Christmas Day on 7th January.

Most shops, cafés, restaurants, theatres, opera houses, tourist attractions and sightseeing tours operate as normal.

Transport: the metro and trams operate a normal service: Prague Public Transport.
Prague InformationChristmas 2017
HIGHLIGHTS
Christmas Markets at Old Town Sq. & Wenceslas Sq.
02 Dec-06 Jan:
Daily 10:00-22:00.
more info
Christmas Markets at Prague Castle.
24 Nov-08 Jan:
Mon-Fri 9:00-21:00.
Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00.
more info
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
at Old Town Sq.
02 Dec: 17:30.
Mikulas Day
at Old Town Sq.
05 Dec: 16:00-18:00.
more info
Ice Rink
at Ovocny trh (behind 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 and other churches.
more info
Christmas Planner
24-26 Dec:
What's open over Christmas.
more info
New Year's Eve
31 Dec: Celebrations & fireworks.
more info

Prague Experience: Christmas & New Year 2017-2018 opening hours in Prague

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