Christmas and New Year´s Eve in Prague
Explore the beauty and magic of Czech Christmas in Prague. Each year people are looking forward to see the biggest Christmas tree in the Czech Republic and magnificent Nativity Scenes, walk around decorated squares, listen to Christmas carols and shop at Christmas Markets. Prague creates an unique and pleasant atmosphere during Christmas, indeed.
People can feel Christmas coming for a long time. So called Advent brings Christmas atmosphere long before Christmas – it includes four Sundays before Christmas Eve itself while we light one candle on the Advent wreath on each of these Sundays. Prague is already beautifully decorated and lit during this period and so are other cities in the Czech Republic, while people are preparing for the festive time, cleaning their homes and buying the presents.
[one_fourth last=”no”][pro_ad_display_adzone id=”7″][/one_fourth][three_fourth last=”yes”]The main place you should definitely visit during Christmas time is Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square). The solemnly ornate Christmas tree is situated there and so is one of the most famous Christmas Markets – apart from shopping (small traditional Czech presents etc.) you can also taste typical Czech Christmas cookies or warm beverages as grog, punch or mulled wine. Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square), náměstí Republiky (Republic Square), náměstí Míru, náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad or Vyšehrad are the other places where you can find Christmas Markets during December. Speaking of these cultural habits, you can visit concerts and exhibitions in the most popular buildings as National Theatre, Church of St. Nicholas, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Rudolfinum, Klementinum and other, if you are interested. For special Winter Segway tour book your time HERE with special promo: 3+1 FREE[/three_fourth]
Each nation has its own Christmas traditions and Czechs aren´t any exception. Many Czechs eat carp just at Christmas. This is why at this time of year you will see huge tubs full of fish in the street. However, the carp does not necessarily have to end up on your plate. It can be released back into a river on Christmas Eve.About two weeks before Christmas we bake Christmas cookies and visit the markets where we can choose carp from the tubs. Carp with potato salad is traditional Czech Christmas dinner, which is held on the 24th of December as well as in the English speaking countries. The difference is that we open our presents which Baby Jesus left under the Christmas tree right after eating the dinner, lighting the candles and singing Christmas carols.[one_half last=”no”][pro_ad_display_adzone id=”4″][/one_half][one_half last=”yes”][pro_ad_display_adzone id=”3″][/one_half]After these holidays comes one week when we take some rest, enjoy the presents we got and spend some time with our families. But the celebrations are not over yet. There still remains the New Year´s Eve which most of the Czech people consider as more suitable time for a real, huge celebration not only with family, but with friends and acquaintances as well. So, on the 31st of December, we all get together, usually at some public place, bring food (sandwiches, remaining cookies, potato chips, nuts etc.) and alcohol (champagne is the most typical) and start celebrating coming New Year.
Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square) is the place where people usually gather during the New Year´s Eve in Prague. A huge stage is built there where all popular Czech music bands, celebrities, comedians and moderators participate in New Year´s Eve program and entertain celebrating people. A beautiful and great fireworks used to be held during this evening earlier, but the last few years the fireworks is held on the 1st of January. The best view is from the banks of the Vltava River (Moldau) or from the bridges above. If you want to see the next one, get there on the 1st of January, 2013, at 18:00.