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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, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. The markets are open every day, and there is sightseeing and entertainment on offer throughout. Advance reservations for all tourist services are recommended, as venues and tours frequently sell out.

What's Open in Prague throughout December


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

01-23 December
All Christmas markets are open.

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

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

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

24 December (Christmas Eve): Public Holiday
Christmas markets are open.
  Prague Christmas markets
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 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 of Prague are operating, but excursions to places outside Prague are not. The lunch cruise is the only river cruise operating.

There are the festive classical concerts and ballet performances.

Only a limited number of restaurants are open, and almost all have limited opening hours. Therefore, we strongly advise making advance reservations.

For shopping, only selected 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 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: Prague Public Transport.

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

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

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

Restaurants are open and some have special menus, but most are booked out 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.

More travel information: Prague Public Transport.

More Christmas information: 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, shops and restaurants operate as normal. Advance reservations are recommended.

There are the festive classical concerts and ballet performances.

Transport: The metro and trams operate a normal service: Prague 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 are running 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
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: Prague Public Transport.

More New Year's Eve information: Prague New Year's Eve Planner.

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

Most shops, 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.

More travel information: Prague Public Transport.

02-07 January 2019
All Christmas markets are open until 6th January.
The Christmas markets at Prague Castle are open until 7th January.

Prague remains 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 the Orthodox Christmas Day on 7th January.

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

There are the festive classical concerts and ballet performances.

Transport: The metro and trams operate a normal service: Prague Public Transport.
Prague 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.
24 Nov-07 Jan
Mon-Fri 9:00-21:00;
Sat-Sun 9:00-22:00
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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