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Mikulas (St. Nicholas Day) in Prague » 05th December 2024


Mikulas (St. Nicholas Day) is on the 5th December and marks the start of Christmas for Czech people. Head for the Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square in the late afternoon to observe the events unfold - Mikulas photos.
Mikulas in Prague

Mikulas (St. Nicholas Day) - from 4pm


Around 4pm on the 5th December, three figures slowly move around the Old Town Square, in and out of the Christmas markets. They are St. Nicholas, an Angel and a Devil.

Surrounding them are a throng of small children, gazing in awe, but with some apprehension. Their parents meanwhile look on with masked grins.

Glance around the square and there are several such groupings, for today is Mikulas.
Czech children raised on stories of Mikulas know just what to expect. St. Nicholas will ask each and everyone of them if they have been a good child in the past year.

Naturally, most children say yes, and will be asked to sing a song or recite a short poem, after which they are rewarded with a small present or a sweet.

But if St. Nicholas suspects they have been naughty, well! Naughty children don't get sweets, they get lumps of coal or hard potatoes. And if they have been really naughty, they will find themselves in the Devil's sack and sent to hell!
Mikulas in Prague
Mikulas in Prague With this in mind, small children are understandably worried by the presence of the Devil. So when St. Nicholas and his entourage approach, they sing their song or recite their poem with great gusto.

Needless to say, Mikulas acts as a pretty strong incentive to be good throughout the year!

Visitors to Prague can observe the events unfold, and maybe even grab a photo with the devil(!), from 4pm-7pm at various places throughout the city centre, although most congregate in and around the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. There is no set route, so you will just need to keep a look out.
The tradition of Mikulas is thought to derive from a 4th century Christian saint, Nikolaos of Myra, who, it is said, secretly gave gifts to people.

On the day of Mikulas, the Christmas markets are in full swing. Expect it to be busy, so buy a hot drink from one of the stalls, perhaps a sausage or Trdelník, and look on as the events of this wonderful Czech tradition unfold.
informationCHRISTMAS 2024
KEY DATES
XMAS MARKETS

Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
30 Nov-06 Jan
Daily 10:00-22:00
SMALL & LOCAL MARKETS

Top of Wenceslas Square
25 Nov-06 Jan
Daily 10:00-20:00

Republic Square
30 Nov-30 Dec
Daily 10:00-20:00

Na Kampě Square
30 Nov-01 Jan
Daily 10:00-20:00

Peace Square
23 Nov-24 Dec
Daily 10:00-20:00

Tyl Square
25 Nov-24 Dec
Daily 10:00-20:00
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

30 Nov-06 Jan
Old Town Square
Daily 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30, 21:30
LAMP LIGHTING CEREMONY

Charles Bridge
01-23 Dec
Daily 16:10-16:30
ICE SKATING

Wenceslas Square
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 09:00/21:00

Ovocny trh, Old Town
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 10:00-21:00

Na Frantisku, Old Town
05 Dec-31 Jan
Daily 08:00-19:00/21:00/22:00

Tower Park: Žižkov, Prague 3
05 Dec-31 Jan
Mon-Fri: 15:00-20:00; Sat-Sun: 09:00-20:00
MIKULAS DAY

Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
05 Dec 2024
16:00-19:00
XMAS EVE

24 Dec 2024
-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 2024
What's open at Christmas: restaurants, entertainment & sightseeing
NEW YEAR'S EVE

31 Dec 2024
Festivities & Fireworks
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Mikulas (St. Nicholas' day) marks the start of Christmas in Czechia

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