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Mikulas (St. Nicholas) Day in Prague » 05 December 2016

Mikulas, St. Nicholas' day, is on the 5th December and marks the start of Christmas for Czech people. For visitors to Prague wishing to experience the spectacle of Mikulas, head for the Old Town Square from late afternoon - Mikulas photos.

Mikulas in Prague
Mikulas (St. Nicholas) Day
Late afternoon on the 5th December three figures move slowly around the Old Town Square: St. Nicholas, an Angel and the Devil. Surrounding them are a throng of small children, gazing in awe at the characters, as their parents look on with masked grins.

Glance around you and there are many such groupings, spread throughout the square, around the Christmas markets stalls. For today is Mikulas.
Czech children, raised on stories of Mikulas, are over-awed by this spectacle, for they know what to expect. St. Nicholas will be asking each and everyone of them if they have been a good child during the past year.

Most children of course say yes and will be asked to sing a song or recite a short poem, after which they are rewarded with sweets and other treats. But if St. Nicholas suspects they have been naughty, well!

Naughty children don't get sweets, they get a sack of black coal or hard potatoes. If they have been really naughty, they will be placed in the Devil's sack and sent to hell!
Mikulas in Prague
Mikulas in Prague
With this thought in mind, small children are understandably terrified of the Devil. So when St. Nicholas and his entourage approach them, they sing their song or recite their poem with great gusto. Needless to say, Mikulas acts as a strong incentive to be good throughout the year!

At the time of Mikulas, the Prague Christmas markets are in full swing in the Old Town Square. Tourists can browse the market stalls and enjoy the hot food & drink on offer at the wooden huts whilst observing this wonderful Czech tradition - Prague Christmas markets.

Prague InformationChristmas 2016
Christmas Markets
*03rd Dec-04th Jan:
Daily 10:00-22:00.
Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square.
more info
Mikulas Day
05th Dec:
from 16:00 at Old Town Square.
more info
Christmas Eve
24th 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 Square.
24:00 Midnight Mass at Strahov Monastery and other churches.
more info
Christmas Planner
24th-26th Dec:
What's open and when at Christmas.
more info
New Year's Eve
31st Dec: Celebrations & midnight fireworks.
more info

*The Christmas Markets will definitely be open on 03rd December. They may start one week earlier, on 26th November, but Prague City Hall will not make a decision until the end of September. Once we receive official notification, we will update this website.

Mikulas (St. Nicholas' day) marks the start of Christmas

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