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Prague Christmas 2017

Opening times in 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.

What is Open and When in December 2017?

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

02nd-23rd December
The main Christmas markets are open.

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

There are opera, ballet and theatre performances, and classical concerts, including festive concerts.

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

24th December: Public Holiday
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.

Many tourist attractions close their interiors. 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 tours operate in the morning only.

Festive classical concerts run in the afternoon and early evening.

A limited number of cafés and bars open for drinks and light food. BUT, only selected restaurants are open, so we strongly recommend making advance reservations.

For shopping, only small convenience stores are generally 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.
25th-26th December: Public Holidays
Christmas markets are open.

Most tourist attractions and sightseeing tours, bars, cafés, shops, theatre, opera and ballet performances operate.

There are festive classical concerts and most restaurants are open (many have special menus). We recommend making advance 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.

27th-30th December
Christmas markets are open.

Tourist attractions and sightseeing tours, restaurants, bars, cafés, shops, theatre, opera, ballet, concerts and public transport operate as normal.

31st December
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.

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.

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

Most shops, bars, cafés, restaurants, theatre, opera, ballet, 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.

02nd-06th January 2018
Christmas markets are open.

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

There are opera, ballet and theatre performances, and classical concerts.

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-06 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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