New Year's Eve in Prague » 31st December 2020
New Year's Eve in Prague is party night. The restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues and river cruises are full. And as the atmosphere gently builds towards midnight, revellers gather in key areas to watch the fireworks and welcome in the New Year.
Prague New Year's Eve
People travel from around the world to celebrate New Year's Eve in Prague. The festivities are enjoyed by one and all: the young and old, the quiet and romantic, and the wild and carefree.
There are entertainment options to suit everyone:
Some restaurants offer a simple dinner. Others put on an all-inclusive night of fine food, drinks and dancing.
Local hospitality is on offer at venues such as the Traditional Czech Night and the Medieval Tavern.
|Bars and clubs tend to host more internationally themed parties.|
Some revellers prefer not to organise anything at all, but simply to pub crawl, drink beer on the streets and chance on finding a club later on.
Finally, there are the ever popular Prague New Year's Eve river cruises:
Panoramic | Grand Panoramic | A La Carte Cruise
New Year's Eve Planner 2020-2021
Our Prague New Year's Eve Planner is the main guide to the celebrations. It features the best river cruises, restaurants, beer halls, clubs and parties in the city. It also covers the opera, concerts and theatre performances on offer: Prague New Year's Eve Planner 2020.
As midnight approaches, crowds gather in a few key areas of the city in anticipation of the fireworks.
When midnight strikes, while the whole of Prague can sound like a war zone, the fireworks are mainly launched in the main squares (Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square), over the river and by Prague Castle.
The fireworks are set off by various organisations, including restaurants and party venues, but many are launched by the revellers themselves! The
Czechs LOVE to set off fireworks.
Where to Watch the Fireworks
To watch the fireworks, go to one of the main squares (Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square) or head for somewhere overlooking the river. You can either stand on the streets or watch the events unfold from a restaurant, club or river cruise.
The restaurants, clubs and New Year's Eve river cruises time their entertainment programmes for guests to enjoy the fireworks and see in the New Year in style; many venues include Champagne to celebrate with in the price of the ticket.
At restaurants and clubs that overlook one of the squares or the river, guests can watch the fireworks either from inside the venue or, in many cases, outside on the terrace.
On the river cruises, guests enjoy a close up views of the fireworks at Charles Bridge.
At restaurants and clubs not within viewing distance of the fireworks, guests can leave the place shortly before midnight, walk to watch the fireworks, then return to the venue afterwards to continue the party.
So long as you choose a venue in the city centre (Prague 1) to celebrate New Year's Eve at, you will never be more than 10 minutes walk from the fireworks.
|OPTION 1 - YOUR GUIDE TO THE RIVER:|
By the river, the atmosphere is fun and relaxed.
Charles Bridge is the focal point of the celebrations.
With a backdrop of the Old Town on one side of the river and Prague Castle on the other, revellers here can admire the beauty of fireworks over water.
| Where to watch the fireworks by the river:|
a. Stand on Charles Bridge or in the streets nearby;
b. If you are booked on a New Year's Eve river cruise, most boats congregate at Charles Bridge - watch the fireworks from your table or head out on deck;
c. If you are at a riverside restaurant, on either the Old Town or Lesser Town side of the river, there will be views from inside the venue or out on the terrace;
d. If you are at a hillside restaurant in the Lesser Town, there will be views from inside the venue, out on the terrace and from the streets nearby; for example, the restaurants on Petrin Hill and near Prague Castle.
|OPTION 2 - YOUR GUIDE TO THE MAIN SQUARES:|
The squares (Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square) are for the more adventurous!
the night progresses, crowds gather at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The atmosphere gently builds, then at the stroke of midnight it gets pretty hair-raising.
||There are plenty of aerial fireworks, but a sizeable number are handheld and fired off by the crowd. And the spectacle goes on for quite some time.|
On the whole it is safe, but only just!
Where to watch the fireworks at the squares:
a. Stand in either square. All city centre restaurants and clubs situated in the Old Town and New Town lie within 10 minutes walk of one of the squares.
b. A few restaurants and clubs have viewing terraces or windows which overlook one of the squares.
Other entertainment on offer includes festive classical concerts. Such performances are magical at this time of the year, and are held in churches, grand concert halls and other historical buildings in the build up to New Year's Eve and on New Year's Day.
Worth a special mention is "New Year's Eve with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra", an annual concert at Municipal House. There is also festive ballet in the form of "The Nutcracker", which is performed at the National Theatre and Hybernia Theatre:
New Year's Eve concerts & ballet.
If you are seeking a typically Czech experience, black light and marionette theatre performances are suitable for all ages and nationalities: New Year's Eve theatre.
For more information on the night and a list of events: Prague New Year's Eve Planner.
To find out what's open throughout December and early January: opening times.
For information on the Christmas markets: Christmas markets.
For an introduction to the city: Prague tourism information.
For practical information, including currency exchange: Prague Tourist Information.
For travel advice: Travel to Prague and Travel around Prague by public transport.
For a simple way to arrange a Prague New Year's Eve city break: Prague Package.