Christmas tree lighting ceremony in PragueThe Christmas markets and the tree on the Old Town square are symbols of the holidays in Prague. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony is usually scheduled for the last Saturday in November. The tree remains lit until January 1st. Renowned for being the most vibrant and busy of all Prague´s markets, the Old Town square market hosts some special Christmas events and features lives shows, concerts and dance performances along with great festive atmosphere.

VenceslasPrague´s magical Christmas markets with its beautifully designed wooden chalets take place on the major squares - Old Town square, Republic square, Wenceslas square or Peace square. They lay out plenty of exciting foodie items, handmade craft gifts and the most delicious warming drinks such as hot chocolate or spiced mulled wines. You will find great gift ideas as there is a vast selection of Christmas decorations, toys, jewelry, winter clothing and accessories. It is also a great alternative to the usual Christmas shopping experience. If you stroll around the city markets, you are sure to get in the festive spirit.

ChristmastreeThere are a lot of activities to be enjoyed in Prague during the Advent season, including carol concerts, Advent cantatas, choral singing, family shows, pantomimes, charity bazaars, expositions and fairs. Advent wreath and Christmas craft workshops for both kids and adults are also very popular. Advent activities and events take place in many locations such as Prague Botanic garden, Prague Zoo, Vyšehrad fortress or branches of the Prague Museum. Find things to do during the advent season and see what´s on in Prague for kids this Christmas.

Estate TheatreIce skating is fantastic wintry thrill and a great way to celebrate the cold weather. There are some great outdoor options in the very center of the city. Ice skating rink in Ovocný trh usually operates from November to January and offer equipment rental service. Na Františku ice rink provides great location for family skating but is also popular with dating couples. Take a look at the list of Indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks in Prague and enjoy favourite winter pastime.

ChristmaslunchIf you want to avoid the havoc of organizing meal at home, enjoy special festive menu in one of the Prague restaurants that are open for Christmas day lunch or dinner. Chefs put a lot of thought into their festive meals and they usually offer both typical Czech menus and non-traditional unique creations. See restaurants that put on special Christmas menus and check out where to go for Christmas day dining.

NightlifeNew Year´s Eve in Prague should be planned ahead since many venues such as restaurants, pubs and clubs require advance booking. It is definitely the biggest party night with a lot of celebrations, all-night parties and fireworks. New Year´s Eve packages usually include champagne toasts, open bars and shows – live performances or concerts. Discover what is happening in Prague for the New Year´s Eve and enjoy the most sensational celebration ever! See our guide to the best parties, free things to do and events you do not want to miss.