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Things To Do in Prague in December

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This post provides a list of several fun and interesting activities you can enjoy in Prague during the month of December in 2021.

Our list includes a variety of events, attractions, festivals and more.


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER

The following list covers ten of the best things to do in Prague throughout the month. We include several family-friendly, nighttime, and free activities you can enjoy.

If you’re looking for even more great ideas, make sure to check the following posts:


1. Visit a Holiday Market

There will be several festive holiday markets popping up all around Prague this month, giving last-minute shoppers a chance to find special gifts for their loved ones.

Each of these markets will have a wide variety of items to purchase including ceramics, jewelry, wooden toys, candles, ornaments, puppets, dolls, and festive treats.

While the idea is to go shopping, you don’t actually have to purchase anything at these holiday markets.

If you want, you could just enjoy all the beautiful decorations on display!

You can expect markets to show up at some of the following locations:

  • Prague Castle
  • Old Town Square
  • Wenceslas Square
  • Republic Square
  • Havel’s Market
  • St. George’s Basilica

TIP: If you’re still not familiar with the area, it’s worth noting that many of these locations are included on free Prague walking tours.


2. Experience the Nutcracker

If you’re looking for a festive show to see, it’s hard to beat this holiday classic. Hybernia Theatre will be hosting The Nutcracker in Prague this December.

Whether you want to take the whole family or make it a date night with your significant other, this is an excellent ballet you won’t want to miss.

Find all the theatrical performances in Prague here.


3. Try Some Classic Czech Christmas Treats

There are a lot of popular festive dishes to eat in Prague, and this is the best time of year to try some of them out.

If you're looking for a sweet treat, consider getting a Trdelnik.

These pastries are typically sold at Christmas markets all over Prague, and they're usually rolled in sugar and cinnamon.

When it comes to popular drinks, it's hard to beat Svařák -- a mulled wine with hints of citrus like orange or lemon.

For a heartier meal, let your nose lead you to the Prague ham sold in Christmas markets.

Alternatively, you can also grab a Klobása (grilled sausage) to warm you up.


4. Attend a Nightwish Concert

There aren't a lot of concerts scheduled for December 2021 in Prague, but there is at least one that rock fans might want to consider attending.

Nightwish will be performing at the O2 Arena on December 20th, and tickets are selling out fast. If you're a fan of this popular band, this is an excellent opportunity to see them live and in person.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

If you want to know what else will be playing in December, check this list of concerts in Prague.


5. Celebrate New Year’s Eve

There are several different ways to celebrate this holiday in Prague, including the fireworks that will be launched at midnight in popular locations such as Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square, and Old Town Square.

As you may have guessed, it’s entirely free to enjoy these fireworks, so you won’t have to pay a dime to participate in this activity.

That said, if you’re looking for a special experience, local boat tour companies will be offering New Year’s Eve cruises allowing you to see the fireworks from the water.

In addition to these activities, there will also be several restaurants, bars, and clubs holding New Year’s Eve parties.

Check this New Year’s Eve in Prague planner for more ideas.


6. Go Ice Skating

Head to the ice rink in old town Prague and enjoy some ice skating on your own. If you bring your own ice skates, this is actually an entirely free activity.

That said, you can also rent skates for a very small fee when you get there!

The ice rink will be located in the square at the rear of the Estates Theatre. 

  • Skate Rentals: 100 CZK/Adults | 50 CZK/Children
  • Dates: December 5th - 31st
  • Hours: 10 am - 9 pm

This skating rink is still scheduled to be open in 2021. Even if some ice rinks are canceled due to the pandemic, chances are at least one alternative ice rink will still be open.

NOTE: Some free walking tours go through Old Town, so you may want to consider this activity either before or after some ice skating. 


7. See the Lamplighting at Charles Bridge

In honor of the holidays, a lamplighter dressed in period clothing will be lighting all the lamps along Charles Bridge starting at 4 pm from December 1st - 23rd.

It won’t take a lot of time to come and witness the event, but it’s definitely a fun little activity to enjoy when the sun starts to go down.

Whether you want to bring the kids to see this centuries-old custom or you’re looking for something to do with a loved one, this momentary return to long lost customs is certainly interesting to witness.

Needless to say, this event won’t cost a thing to attend!


8. Go to a Christmas Concert

If you’re trying to get into the Christmas spirit, there will be several great holiday concerts to attend in Prague this December.

Here are just a few of the locations where you can usually enjoy a Christmas concert this month:

  • Boccaccio Ballroom
  • Prague Castle
  • St. George’s Basilica
  • The Church of St. Martin
  • National Theatre
  • Cafe Mozart

NOTE: While these holiday concerts may not be included with any tourist passes, you can save up to 50% off concerts at Prague Castle and Cafe Mozart using the Prague Card.

Find all concerts in Prague here.


9. Visit Petrin Tower on a Snowy Day

If you're in Prague when it snows, the whole city turns into a scene out of a snow globe.

There's no better time to see all the beautiful architecture of this city than after snowfall, and there's no better place to see it all than the top of Petrin Tower.

This observation deck offers some of the best views in the city, and during a snowy day, the scenic beauty of Prague you'll see from here looks like it belongs on a postcard.

Best of all, tickets to the tower are very affordable at 150 CZK and admission is actually included with at least one Prague tourist pass!


10. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

No matter what you’re planning to do while visiting Prague, chances are a tourist pass will help you save a lot of money on several popular activities and attractions.

There are currently two types of pass in Prague – all-inclusive and prepackaged. 

The all-inclusive pass includes admission to dozens of popular attractions for a specific amount of time (2, 3, or 4 days).

Prepackaged passes include specific attractions and tours for one flat price.

While this option is good for people who only have a few activities planned, the amount of money you save will be limited.

With an all-inclusive pass, the amount you save is determined by how much you use the pass to do – if you power through a lot of different activities each day, you could save over 50% on everything!

Here are some of the best attractions included with Prague tourist passes:

  • Prague Zoo
  • Prague Castle
  • Old Town Hall
  • Jewish Museum
  • National Museum
  • Vyšehrad Fortress
  • Prague City Museum
  • Petřín Observation Tower
  • Astronomical Observatory
  • Prague Historical Bus Tour
  • Prague Venice River Cruise
  • Basilica of St. Peter & St. Paul
  • And more!

Some tourist passes also include skip-the-line admission at certain locations, allowing you to save both time and money.

No matter which option you choose, you should be able to save at least 25% - 50% off general admission prices.

For more details about how to use these services, please read our post covering Prague tourist passes.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 13th, 2021
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