Prague during the Advent season 2023

There 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.

Prague events in December 2023:

Christmas at the Holešovice Exhibition Grounds - Pottery and Craft Markets
2. - 3.12. 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the Christmas Beroun Pottery Markets at the Exhibition Grounds, visitors can choose from a wide range of gifts for the whole family. In addition to the beautiful festive atmosphere, there will be more than 130 craftsmen from all over the Czech Republic including Czech glassmakers, blacksmiths, knifvers, weavers and as well as other traditional craftsmen. The markets will also include stalls with French cheeses, sausages, pâtés, pretzels, gingerbread, caramels, mead, a stylish tea house and mulled wine. Children's ensembles will sing and dance by the Christmas tree, or you can make your own Christmas bell. Entry is free and barrier-free.

Magical Czech Christmas Mass by Jakub Jan Ryba

Church of Sts. Simon and Jude
29/11/2023 - 6 p.m.
30/11/2023 - 6 p.m.
25/12/2023 - 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m.
Municipal House, Smetana Hall
20/12/2023 - 7.30 p.m.
21/12/2023 - 6 p.m.

The Czech Christmas Mass by Jakub Jan Ryba with theatrical elements directed by Matěj Forman will take place in the Church of Sts. Simon and Jude and in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House. The orchestra, choir, soloists and the magical world of puppets take you back in time to watch the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and the journey of the shepherds to Bethlehem in a wonderful scene setting and costume design. With a faithful depiction of the classic Czech nativity scene, Magic Christmas Mass is "a rich feast for the eyes and ears". The performances are also suitable for children. You can buy tickets for the performance here at the Church of St. Šimon or to the Municipal House.

Crafts, folklore and design Show at Holešovice Market - Hall 17
25. 11. - 10. 12. 2023, Mon-Fri 8:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-20:00
Handicrafts, folklore and design in the Holešovice Market – a unique collaboration between the Holešovice Market, the Bohemian Perfection platform and the Moravian Beauty Foundation will offer a unique display of traditional and designer handicraft products, an exhibition themed on the phenomenon of ornament called "In the beauty of ornament" and dozens of unique workshops with masters of various crafts. During this unique Advent show, visitors can view or purchase products from almost sixty designers from various corners of the Czech Republic. Come and soak up the Christmas atmosphere, explore a unique exhibition, make Christmas decorations using traditional techniques or buy interesting Christmas gifts. Admission for adults is CZK 100, senior citizens CZK 50, and children under 15 are admitted for free.

Advent weekend at the New Town Hall, Charles Square 1/23, Prague 2
9. 12. 2023 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

New Town Hall invites visitors to spend the Advent season in the company of loved ones, friends and family in the very heart of Prague's New Town. Novoměstský advent will take place on Saturday 9 December 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It will offer Advent goods, handicrafts, refreshments, toys, and creative workshops. The program will include theater performances, choir performances or drum shows, in which you can actively participate. The interior of the town hall will feature model railways, train sets, locomotives, buildings as well as the landscape and road transport.

Wenceslas Christmas at upper part of the Wenceslas square, Prague 1
24. 11. 2023 – 7. 1. 2024  from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The New Town Prague Association organizes Wenceslas Christmas Market at the upper part of the Wenceslas square, which supports non-profit organizations.The market offers a charming Christmas atmosphere, demonstrations of traditional crafts, a wide range of handmade gifts, quality refreshments as well as St. Nicholas celebrations, Bethlehem light, Christmas Eve service in the open air and musical performances.

Christmas at Lesser Town
3. 12. 2023 – 1. 1. 2024 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Traditional Christmas event of Lesser Town will be held at the square under the Charles Bridge at Kampa. It will feature a beautifully decorated tree, stalls demonstrating crafts, stands with refreshments and snacks, including mulled wine, "trdelník" or sausages. Traditional singing of Christmas carols under the Charles bridge will take place on December 24. The market includes a rich cultural program, traditional St. Nicholas event and Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Advent markets on Jiřího z Poděbrad square
29.11. – 23.12. 2023 from 10.00 - 20.00
Jiřího z Poděbrad square, in front of The Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, will turn into a fair with traditional handicrafts and Christmas goodies. Visitors can enjoy traditional Christmas specialities, hot mulled wine, mead as well as rich cultural programs - traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony, concerts, theater performances or workshops for children.

Advent markets at Vitezne square
2.12. - 23.12. 2023 every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
The Victory Square at Prague 6 hosts Advent markets every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the usual assortment, visitors can purchase and wide selection of Christmas goods - Advent wreaths, Christmas decorations, mistletoe and small gifts produced in the Czech Republic as well as snacks, mulled wine, coffee, hot ciders, vegetables, pastries, sea fish, meat, sausages, cheeses, Christmas sweets, ceramics, natural cosmetics, wooden or knitted toys, children's clothing and books, jewelry and leather products.Traditional Christmas dishes, such as fish soup or fried carp with potato salad will be available.

Christmas exhibition in the Bethlehem Chapel - Glass Christmas, Betlémské náměstí 256, Prague 1
25.11.2023 do 3.1.2024 from 9.00 -18.00
24.12. a 31.12.2023 from 9.00 - 14.00, 25.12.2023 and 1.1.2024 from 13.00 - 18.00
The Christmas exhibition in the Bethlehem Chapel has been an integral part of Christmas time and the festive spirit in Prague for many years. This year's exhibition "Glass Christmas" will include a rich accompanying program. The theme of this year's exhibition is glass nativity scenes. Visitors can admire fragile nativity scenes made of glass, blown and beaded glass ornaments and glass figurines. Entrance fee to the exhibition is 60 and 120 CZK.

Christmas exhibition of the Botanic Garden Na Slupi, Prague 2
1. 12. 2023 do 1. 1. 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The traditional Christmas exhibition in the upper greenhouse of the Botanical Garden of Charles University will enchant you with hundreds of traditional and new Christmas decorations based on folk traditions and decorated Christmas trees. There will be a sale of Christmas decorations and Saturday workshops.

Advent at the National Agricultural Museum, Kostelní 1300/44, 170 00 Prague 7
16. 12. 2023 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Advent in the museum offers a market, workshops, theater performances for children, a baking course and an accompanying program in the yard and in the expositions of the museum.

Christmas in Prague 6 - Šabachův park, Šesťák on Victory square + other places
5. 12. 2023 – 23. 12. 2023
The Christmas program in Prague 6 includes concerts, musical and theatrical performances, Advent markets with Christmas goods and charity stalls. Theme music of the Army of the Czech Republic will start the program with a concert, which takes place on Thursday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the church of the CČCH Wuchterlova. The St. Nicholas celebration u "Sklanaku" intended primarily for families with children, will take place on December 5 from 4 p.m. Markets with a musical program will be held on "Šešťák" on the Victory square from 13 to 22 December. from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday 23.12. Special Saturday Christmas markets will take place on the Victory square from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ryba's Christmas mass will take place again on 25.12. from 17.00 in the church of CČCH Wuchterlova.

Christmas at Chodovská fortress
15. 12. 2023 from 17:00 - 19:00
The courtyard of Chodovské tvrze will offer a rich Christmas program, which will include theater performances, a live nativity scene (5 p.m.), Christmas tree lighting ceremony (5:30 p.m.), musical performance (5:35 p.m.), art workshops for children and adults, Prague mobile carillon (6:00 p.m.), Christmas concerts, live nativity scene (7 p.m.).

Karlin Christmas Market at Karlin square
17.12. 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Advent at Karlinske square will bring magical atmosphere of Christmas markets, the smell of mulled wine, nativity scene, carols, rich accompanying program, Christmas workshops, singing performances of local schools and choirs. Children can write a letter to Santa Claus.

Gingerbread Nativity Scene at the Church of St Matthew
16.12. 2023 from 11:00-17:00
17.12. from 14:00-17:00
23.12. from 14:00-17:00
24.12. from 11:00-15:00
25.12. from 11:00-17:00
26.12. from 11:00-17:00
30.12. from 14:00-17:00
31.12. from 14:00-17:00
01.01. 2024 from 11:00-17:00
06.01. 2024 from 13:00-15:00
Gingerbread Nativity Scene will be displayed at the Church of St Matthew in Dejvice from December 16 on festive days and on weekends until the end of January. Gingerbread Nativity Scene with more than fifty years of tradition currently 250 figures.  Find the opening hours and more information on the website.

Advent in Prague