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Prague events » December 2016

Prague hosts events all year round, from the Christmas and Easter markets to the Prague Marathon, food and beer festivals, special exhibitions, pop concerts, and folk and classical music festivals. 2016 is no exception.


  December 2016

Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
Date: 26 November 2016 - 06 January 2017.
Time: Daily 10:00-22:00.
The Prague Christmas Markets light up the city, bringing locals and tourists together in a true 'winter wonderland' setting. Among the food and drink to sample are grilled sausages, hams on spits, local pastries, Czech beer and hot mulled wine.
Where: Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square.
Website: Christmas Markets

Noah’s Ark - Exhibition
Noah’s Ark - Exhibition
Date: 01 December 2016 - 31 December 2016.
The exhibition at the New Building of the National Museum takes its inspiration from the biblical story. It reveals the remarkable beauty and diversity of animal species on Earth, and draws attention to modern dangers that puts it at risk. What imaginary "Ark" might preserve this diversity for the future generations?
Where: National Museum, Wenceslas Square 68, New Town, Prague 1.
Website: Noah’s Ark - Exhibition

A Pagan Christmas at Bethlehem Chapel - Exhibition
A Pagan Christmas at Bethlehem Chapel - Exhibition
Date: 01 December 2016 - 03 January 2017.
Time: Daily 09:00-18:00 (except 24/31 Dec: 09:00-14:00; 25 Dec/01 Jan: 13:00-18:00).
In previous years the exhibition has focused on the traditional Christian festival. This year's explores what came before: the pagan festival that marked the winter solstice, the Roman feast of Saturnalia, and the ancient Slavs worship of the sun.
Where: The Crypt at Bethlehem Chapel, Betlemske namesti 4, Old Town, Prague 1
Website: A Pagan Christmas at Bethlehem Chapel - Exhibition

Nativity at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows - Exhibition
Nativity at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows - Exhibition
Date: 01 December 2016 - 04 January 2017.
Time: Daily 10:00-18:00
(24 Dec 10:00-16:00; 31 Dec 10:00-15:00; 01 Jan 13:00-18:00).
Price: 50czk.
Display of nativity scenes and scenes of traditional village life. There are moving figurines in some scenes, such as woodcutters and craftsmen carrying out their daily tasks. To find the exhibition, look for the sign Betlemy.
Where: Jungmannovo namesti 18, New Town, Prague 1.
Website: Nativity at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows - Exhibition

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Nativity at the Klementinum - Exhibition
Date: 01 December 2016 - 08 January 2017.
Time: Daily 09:00-18:00 (except 24/31 Dec: 09:00-15:00).
Price: 50czk.
Display of handcrafted nativity scenes. The most prominent are wooden nativity scenes dating from the Baroque period through to the 20th century. Fittingly, records suggest that the first nativity scene in the Czech lands, constructed by the Jesuits, was displayed at the Klementinum in 1562.
Where: Exhibition Hall within the Klementinum complex, Karlova 1, Old Town, Prague 1.

Antonin Dvorak as a Performer - Exhibition
Antonin Dvorak as a Performer - Exhibition
Date: 01 December 2016 - 28 March 2017.
This exhibition presents Antonin Dvorak, the famous Czech composer, in his lesser known roles, as a conductor, pianist, organist and viola player.
Where: Dvorak Museum, Ke Karlovu 20, Vinohrady, Prague 2.
Website: Antonin Dvorak as a Performer - Exhibition

Retro - Exhibition
Retro - Exhibition
Date: 01 December 2016 - 30 April 2017.
Covering fashion to technology, designer furniture to applied arts, travel back in time a little to see what was popular back in the day. A large retro playroom also forms part of the exhibition, to keep the little ones entertained.
Where: National Museum, Wenceslas Square 68, New Town, Prague 1.
Website: Retro - Exhibition

Municipal House
Blanka Matragi, fashion designer
Date: 01 December 2016 - 31 December 2017.
Time: Daily 10:00-19:00.
Price: 260czk.
This exhibition, held in the Gaming Parlours at Municipal House, celebrates the fashion designer Blanka Matragi's 30 years of work. Dresses and accessories are the core exhibits, supplemented by sculptures, glass, porcelain and graphic art.
Buy tickets at Municipal House on the day of your visit.
Where: Municipal House, Republic Square 5, Old Town, Prague 1.

Mikulas
Mikulas
Date: 05 December 2016.
Time: 16:00.
Groups of Devils, Angels and St. Nicholas's roam the city, much to the awe of young Czech children, who are expected to sing a song or recite a poem for them. The encounter will determine whether they receive Christmas gifts or not. Observe this lovely Czech tradition late afternoon in and around the markets.
Where: Old Town Square, Old Town, Prague 1.
Website: Mikulas

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Ice Rink in the Old Town
Date: 05 December 2016 - 31 January 2017.
Time: 10:00-21:30.
Price: Ice rink entry: free. Skates hire: 50czk.
An open-air ice rink enhances the festive atmosphere at Ovocny trh, a square at the rear of the Estates Theatre in the Old Town. Take a break from sightseeing and the Christmas markets to enjoy outdoor skating in the heart of Prague.
Where: Ovocny trh (behind Estates Theatre), Old Town, Prague.

IWAP Charitable Christmas Market
IWAP Charitable Christmas Market
Date: 10 December 2016.
Time: 10:00-16:00.
The International Women’s Association of Prague Christmas market features baked goods, gifts, books, raffles and live music. Proceeds support at-risk families and young people leaving state care.
Where: InterContinental Prague, Parizska 30, Prague 1
Website: IWAP Charitable Christmas Market

Magnetic Festival
Magnetic Festival
Date: 16 December 2016.
Time: 20:00-06:00.
Price: 1090czk-3500czk.
The MAGNETIC Festival in Prague is the highest rated indoor Electronic Dance Music festival in Central & Eastern Europe. The organisers build a giant music club for one night only.
Where: Exhibition Centre Prague (PVA Expo Praha), Beranových 667, Letnany, Prague 9.
Travel: Metro station Letnany (line C).
Website: Magnetic Festival

Christmas Eve - Public Holiday
Christmas Eve - Public Holiday
Date: 24 December 2016.
Public holiday. Christmas Eve is the most festive day of Christmas in the Czech Republic. It is a wonderfully peaceful day in Prague; the Christmas markets are open, but only selected shops, bars and restaurants. Sightseeing tours and river cruises operate until around lunchtime. There are also festive concerts.
Website: Christmas Eve - Public Holiday

Christmas Day - Public Holiday
Christmas Day - Public Holiday
Date: 25 December 2016.
Public holiday. Prague welcomes visitors with open arms on Christmas Day. The Christmas markets and shops are open, and tourist attractions and sightseeing tours operate as normal. There is also festive entertainment, including classical concerts, and fine restaurants to dine in.
Website: Christmas Day - Public Holiday

St. Stephen's Day / Boxing Day - Public Holiday
St. Stephen's Day / Boxing Day - Public Holiday
Date: 26 December 2016.
Public holiday. The Christmas markets and shops are open, and tourist attractions and sightseeing tours operate as normal. There is also festive entertainment, including classical concerts, and fine restaurants to dine in.
Website: St. Stephen's Day / Boxing Day - Public Holiday

New Year's Eve 2016 in Prague
New Year's Eve 2016 in Prague
Date: 31 December 2016.
New Year's Eve in Prague is for everyone, from the wild and carefree, to the quiet and romantic. Some revellers opt for a romantic meal, others an "all-inclusive" night of food, drinks, music and dancing. Choose from riverside restaurants, historic restaurants, parties in bars and clubs, and the ever popular Party Boat and Jazz Cruise. Don't miss the fireworks at midnight!
Website: New Year's Eve 2016 in Prague

Prague Opera
Prague Opera, Ballet & Classical Concert listings & tickets
Date: December 2016.
Prague is famous for opera, ballet and classical concerts. Performances take place in several magnificent opera houses, stunning concert halls, and in an array of historic churches. Tickets are reasonably priced, so shows often sell out. Advance reservations are therefore highly recommended.
Website: Prague opera, ballet and concert listings & tickets

Prague Theatre
Prague Theatre listings & tickets
Date: December 2016.
Visit the Prague theatre for a typically Czech experience.
Black light theatre is a highly charged mix of dynamic dance, mime, singers, film, and state-of-the-art visual and sound effects. And marionette theatre features giant puppets. Shows are highly visual to appeal to adults and children of all ages and nationalities. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Website: Prague theatre listings & tickets


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