New Year's Eve 2016-17 in Prague » 31st December 2016
New Year's Eve in Prague is party night. The river cruises, restaurants, bars and clubs are full, and the atmosphere builds gently. As midnight approaches, revellers gather by the river, at the Old Town Square and at Wenceslas Square to watch fireworks.
New Year's Eve in Prague
Prague is a popular destination for New Year's Eve, and the celebrations are enjoyed by one and all: young and old, the quiet and romantic, the wild and carefree - there are entertainment options to suit all tastes.
Some people opt for restaurants offering an all-inclusive night of fine food, drinks and dancing. Others prefer a romantic dinner 'à deux'. Some revellers bar crawl and chance on finding a club after the fireworks. Others buy tickets for a party in a club or music bar. And finally, there are the ever popular river cruises:
the Jazz Cruise
and the Party Boat
Our Prague New Year's Eve Planner is the main guide to the festivities, featuring the best entertainment in the city on this special night: New Year's Eve Planner
.New Year's Eve Fireworks at Midnight
As midnight approaches, crowds gather in several areas of the city to watch fireworks.
These are launched by various organisations and individuals, many by Czech revellers themselves!
Restaurants and river cruises time their entertainment programmes so guests can watch the fireworks, and some provide Champagne for guests to celebrate with.
Broadly, there are two options for where watch the fireworks. The first option is to head for somewhere overlooking the river, so:
a. the top decks of the river cruises (which congregate at Charles Bridge); b. on the river banks (on the terraces of the riverside restaurants or on the streets); c. anywhere on or around Charles Bridge
; d. anywhere high up in the Lesser Town
(on the terraces of the hillside restaurants or on the streets by Prague Castle
or on Petrin Hill
The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, as people take in the beauty of fireworks over water, with the backdrop of Charles Bridge
and the Old Town
on one side of the river, or Charles Bridge
and Prague Castle
on the other.
The second option to watch the fireworks is to go to one of the main squares:
the Old Town Square
(the most popular) or Wenceslas Square
The squares are for the more adventurous!
As the atmosphere builds, large crowds gather. Then, at the stroke of midnight it gets pretty hair-raising! Czechs LOVE setting off fireworks, and although there are aerial fireworks, many are handheld and fired off by the crowd. On the whole it's safe, but only just!
Prague is a terrific city for a New Year's Eve party. For more information: New Year's Eve Planner 2016-2017
New Year's Day Family Fireworks
In addition to the New Year's Eve fireworks, Prague City Hall often puts on a display on New Year's Day at 6pm. This is aimed at families with children, but anyone can attend.
These fireworks last for around 10 minutes. City Hall will confirm whether this will take place or not in 2016 around mid-December, and we will update this page accordingly.