New Year's Eve in Prague » 31st December 2024
New Year's Eve in Prague is party night, and the restaurants, bars, clubs and river cruises are always full. The atmosphere gently builds towards midnight, when revellers gather in the main squares and by the river to watch fireworks and welcome in the New Year.
New Year's Eve in Prague 2024
|People travel from around the world to celebrate New Year's Eve in Prague. A vibrant, party atmosphere permeates the city: out on the streets, on the river, in the squares, and in the bars, clubs and restaurants.
|Other places, for example Nebozizek Restaurant, host a more international style event.
Some restaurants offer a simple romantic dinner for two.
And while the vast majority of people pre-book their chosen event, some don't organise anything. They drink beer on the streets, seek out Czech pubs that are open to walk-in trade, then chance on finding a club that will let them in after midnight.
If you don't want to leave things to chance, you can book some clubs in advance, such as One Club Prague. Alternatively, for a bar crawl and a club, there is the NYE Bar & Club Party.
Then, there are the ever-popular New Year's Eve river cruises. Details of the various cruises will be available on this website in Autumn 2024.
New Year's Eve Planner 2024-2025
Our New Year's Eve Planner is the main guide to the celebrations. It features the best restaurants, clubs, parties and river cruises in Prague.
*Midnight Fireworks in Prague + Where to Watch
Traditionally, the fireworks on New Year's Eve in Prague are the pinnacle of the celebrations. As midnight approaches, revellers gather in key areas of the city, and the air buzzes with anticipation.
|For the best views, people tend to head for either somewhere overlooking the Vltava River, or for a central square: mainly the Old Town Square, but also Wenceslas Square.
A question that is always on people's minds is how big will the fireworks be in 2024? In truth, we can never be certain:
No single body is in charge of fireworks. Instead it is left to a variety of organisations, restaurants and individuals to set them off as they please. And in recent years, the law governing who is allowed to do this has been tightened: hand-held fireworks are banned, and only licensed people can launch ground and aerial fireworks.
New Year's Eve by the River
|To balance this, local Czechs tend to completely ignore such restrictions (they do have a rebellious streak, and they LOVE fireworks!). Last year, as in previous years stretching back decades, a huge range of hand-held, ground and aerial fireworks were set off by a great many people, and the show lasted a very long time.
So no-one, including Prague Experience and the local authorities, know what the extent of the fireworks will be.
Please bear the above in mind when reading the rest of our information on New Year's Eve and when booking events.
What we do know is that many restaurants, bars, clubs and river cruises time their entertainment programmes to ensure guests can watch whatever fireworks there are, so that guests can welcome in the New Year in style; some venues even include Champagne or sparkling wine to celebrate with in the price of their entry ticket.
If you are at a restaurant with a terrace located near the fireworks or you are on a river cruise, you can watch the fireworks from where you are.
If you are at a restaurant or club located away from the fireworks, you may wish to leave shortly before midnight, walk to one of the squares or the river, watch the fireworks, then return to the venue afterwards - all venues we list in our planner will allow you back in.
|OPTION 1 - GUIDE TO WATCHING THE FIREWORKS BY THE RIVER:
Charles Bridge is usually the focal point for New Year's Eve celebrations by the river.
With the backdrop of the Old Town on one side of the river, and Prague Castle and the Lesser Town on the other, revellers can admire the beauty of fireworks over water.
The fireworks are mostly set off from around Prague Castle and other elevated areas. If spectators position themselves by the river, particularly near Charles Bridge, they should enjoy a good view.
|Where to watch fireworks by the river:
|a. Stand on Charles Bridge or in the streets along the river embankments. The Old Town side of the river is the most popular, because you look across the water to Prague Castle;
b. River Cruises: boats congregate at Charles Bridge at midnight. Guests on the cruises can view the fireworks from inside the boat or out on deck;
c. Riverside Restaurants: restaurants on both sides of the river offer views of the fireworks. Some restaurants have large windows, others have terraces, so guests can watch the fireworks from their table or from out on the terrace;
d. Hillside Restaurants in the Lesser Town (on Petrin Hill and near Prague Castle): some restaurants have large windows, others have terraces, so guests can watch the fireworks from their table or from out on the terrace.
New Year's Eve by the River
|OPTION 2 - GUIDE TO WATCHING THE FIREWORKS AT THE SQUARES:
The Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square have always been the most hair-raising places in Prague to watch the fireworks. With so many people in the squares, and fireworks seemingly everywhere, the atmosphere can be electric.
The aerial fireworks provide a good show, but the most impactful are the huge blasts and flashes of light coming from all directions at street level. These fireworks are set off by local Czechs, and the show can go on for hours.
Despite the tougher regulations surrounding who is allowed to set fireworks off, last year hand-held fireworks were fired off everywhere at the squares, and the sky was illuminated with aerial fireworks. What happens in 2024 is anybody's guess!
Whatever the extent of the fireworks, the Christmas markets will still be at the squares, the restaurants around the squares will be full, there will hopefully be aerial fireworks, and people will be milling around with bottles of Bohemia Sekt (Czech Champagne) and beer in hand.
|Where to watch fireworks at the squares:
a. Stand in a Square: all restaurants, bars and clubs located in the Old Town and New Town lie within 10 minutes walk of a square. If you are at a venue elsewhere, grab your coat, get a re-admission stamp from the door, and head for a square.
b. Restaurants and Clubs at the Squares: some venues at the squares have large windows or an outside terrace overlooking the square. Guests can, therefore, watch them from their table or from out on the terrace.
NYE at Wenceslas Square
|OPTION 3 - RESTAURANTS WITH THEIR OWN FIREWORKS:
Some restaurants put on their own fireworks display on New Year's Eve. This is a good option if you prefer everything, including fireworks, to be organised by the venue:
-Traditional Czech Night organises its own fireworks display outside the venue.
-Nebozizek Restaurant is set on a hillside overlooking Prague. While it does not put on its own display, it does light a bonfire on the terrace for guests to keep warm while they watch the fireworks over Prague.
Other Entertainment in Prague
Other entertainment on New Year's Eve, and on the days surrounding it, includes festive classical concerts, and opera and ballet performances. All are magical at this time of year.
Performances are held in grand concert halls, ornate opera houses, Baroque palaces and ancient churches:
New Year's Eve concerts, opera & ballet
New Year's Day concerts, opera & ballet.
For a typically Czech experience, black light theatre is suitable for all ages and nationalities:
New Year's Eve theatre.
For young children, there is entertainment on the open-air stage at the Old Town Square Christmas market. From 16:45-17:30, kids can watch a Czech show entitled 'Bobík and friends on a trip' (free to enter).
For more information on the night and a list of events: Prague New Year's Eve Planner.
For information on where to stay in Prague, the weather in December, what clothes to wear, and much more, read our guide to the Prague Christmas Markets.
Find out what's open throughout December: opening hours.
For an introduction to the city: Prague tourism information.
For practical information, including advice on currency exchange: Prague tourist information.
For travel advice: Travel to Prague and Travel around Prague by public transport.