New Year's Eve in Prague » 31st December 2021
New Year's Eve in Prague is party night. The restaurants, bars, clubs and river cruises are full, and the atmosphere gently builds towards midnight, when revellers gather to watch the fireworks and welcome in the New Year.
Latest News: The New Year's Eve celebrations are going ahead in 2021.|
Vaccinated visitors only are permitted to enter venues.
How large the celebrations will be is uncertain. What we do know is that venues are busy preparing New Year's Eve parties and special events, and there will be a festive party atmosphere in the city.
All major developments will be posted here and on Coronavirus (COVID-19) News.
New Year's Eve in Prague
Revellers travel from around the world to celebrate New Year's Eve in Prague. The party atmosphere can be felt throughout the city; out on the streets, on the river, in the squares, and in the bars, clubs and restaurants.
The festivities can be enjoyed by one and all: the young and old, the quiet and romantic, and the wild and carefree.
Prague offers something for everyone.
Many bars, clubs and restaurants host all-inclusive events, featuring fine food, entertainment, drinks and dancing. These range from internationally themed parties to beer hall nights.
|Some restaurants specialise in local Czech hospitality, such as the Traditional Czech Night and Medieval Tavern, while others offer a simple romantic dinner for two.|
Then there are the ever popular New Year's Eve river cruises:
Grand Panoramic Cruise | Panoramic River Cruise
Of course, some revellers prefer not to organise anything, but to pub crawl, drink beer on the streets, and chance on finding a club after the fireworks. We are not sure how successful this approach will be this year, but good luck if you want to try it.
New Year's Eve Planner 2021-2022
Our Prague New Year's Eve Planner is the main guide to the celebrations. It features the best river cruises, restaurants, clubs and parties: Prague New Year's Eve Planner 2021.
Midnight Fireworks - Where to Watch
The fireworks are the peak of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Prague.
As midnight approaches, crowds gather at key areas around the city, and the air buzzes with anticipation.
Traditionally, the choice of where to go to watch the fireworks has been to either head for somewhere overlooking the river or to assemble with the crowd at a square (Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square).
|However, this year we do not know what the extent of the fireworks will be: firstly, while most things in Prague are open and operating more or less as normal, we do not know whether this will change; secondly, the law governing who can set off fireworks has been made tougher. Please continue reading with this in mind.|
The river cruises, restaurants, bars and clubs time their entertainment programmes to ensure guests can watch the fireworks and welcome in the New Year in style; many venues include Champagne or sparkling wine to celebrate with in the price of the ticket.
If you are on a river cruise or at a restaurant with a viewing terrace, the staff can advise you where to watch the fireworks from.
If you are at a restaurant or club away from the fireworks, some people will leave before midnight, walk to watch the fireworks, then return afterwards to continue the party.
|OPTION 1 - GUIDE TO THE RIVER:|
Charles Bridge is usually the focal point for celebrations by the river.
With a backdrop of the Old Town on one side, and Prague Castle and the Lesser Town on the other, revellers can admire the beauty of fireworks over water.
The fireworks are set off from around Prague Castle and other elevated areas, and sometimes also from barges on the river, so can be seen from anywhere on or by the river.
|Where to watch fireworks by the river:
a. Stand on Charles Bridge or in the streets anywhere along the river: the Old Town side of the river is the most popular because you look across the water to Prague Castle;
b. River Cruises: most boats congregate at Charles Bridge. Guests can enjoy the fireworks from inside the boat or out on deck;
c. Riverside Restaurants on both sides of the river have large windows and terraces. Guests can enjoy the fireworks from their table or out on the terrace;
d. Hillside Restaurants in the Lesser Town (on Petrin Hill and near Prague Castle): some have large windows and terraces. Guests can enjoy the fireworks from their table or out on the terrace.
|OPTION 2 - GUIDE TO THE SQUARES:|
The Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square were once the most hair-raising places to watch the fireworks in Prague. With so many people around, and fireworks seemingly everywhere, the atmosphere was electric.
The aerial fireworks provided a good show, but the most impactful were the huge blasts and flashes of light coming from all directions at street level. These fireworks were set off by ordinary Czechs, by hand, and the show would go on for hours.
Since the last New Year's Eve celebrations, hand-held fireworks have been banned and a law now requires organisations that set off fireworks to apply for a licence. Will the Czechs abide by the law? Will people apply for a licence? Will there be more aerial fireworks? We simply don't know what will happen at the squares in 2021.
Whatever the extent of the fireworks, the Christmas markets are at both squares, the restaurants and bars around the squares should be full, and there will undoubtedly be plenty of people milling around with a bottle of Bohemia Sekt 'Czech Champagne' in hand.
|Where to watch fireworks at the squares:|
a. Stand in a Square: all restaurants, bars and clubs in the Old Town and New Town are within 10 minutes walk of a square. If there are fireworks at the squares and 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: venues located at the squares often have large windows and outside terraces overlooking the square. If there are fireworks at the squares, guests can watch them from their table or from out on the terrace.
|OPTION 3 - RESTAURANTS WITH FIREWORKS:|
Some restaurants put on their own fireworks display. This is a good option if you prefer everything, including fireworks, to be organised by the venue:
In 2021, the Traditional Czech Night and Kampa Park have announced they will do this.
Other Entertainment in Prague
Other entertainment in Prague around New Year's Eve includes festive classical concerts, and opera and ballet performances. All are magical at this time of year.
Performances are held in grand concert halls, opera houses, ancient churches and other historical buildings:
New Year's Eve concerts, opera & ballet.
New Year's Day concerts, opera & ballet.
If you are seeking a typically Czech experience, black light 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.
For information on where to stay, the weather in December, what clothes to wear, and much more, read our guide to the Prague Christmas Markets 2021.
To find out what's open throughout December: opening times.
For an introduction to the city: Prague tourism information.
For practical information, including currency exchange advice: Prague tourist information.
For travel advice: Travel to Prague and Travel around Prague by public transport.