With Christmas on its way, Prague is full of the advent atmosphere. But this weekend you can also try ice skating or remember two Czech personalities – Václav Havel and Charles IV – together with the locals, celebrate a gorilla’s birthday, and much more.
According to the weather forecast, this weekend is going to be a little colder than the previous one in Prague, but on both Saturday and Sunday it should be sunny. On Saturday, there will be a mild wind, which is going to get a bit stronger on Sunday. The temperatures should vary between -2°C (28,4°F) and 2°C (35,6°F) during the day and may drop to -4°C (24,8°F) after dark.
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CHRISTMAS MARKETSOUR TIP Of course, the two biggest Christmas markets in Prague are going to be full of the advent atmosphere this weekend, too. Visit the markets in the style of a typical folk Czech Christmas onWenceslas Square, or the Old Town Square which combine the theme of nature with modern life. Both markets are operating daily 10 a.m. – 10 p.m, and there is no entrance fee.
SPORTSOUR TIP Czech people love ice skating, and that’s probably why there are 15 unique places in Prague where you can rent ice skates and take to the ice. You can even enjoy it in Prague’s city center, surrounded by historical buildings. It doesn’t matter if you have never tried it, it’s a lot of fun for little money (the entrance fee is typically around 50,- CZK, the same as the ice skates rental). Check out our list of the 15 Best Ice Skating Rinks in Prague.
Advent River Cruise on a Boat
ROMANCEOUR TIP Enjoy a boat tour in the day or night-time, the fascinating Prague scenery, Czech Christmas carols and holiday decorations, mulled wine, punch or hot chocolate for children, traditional Christmas cookies, and a delicious meal. A Christmas atmosphere is all but guaranteed. During the 2-hour Vltava cruise, a buffet style meal will be served – all first-class. Your comfort and satisfaction is guaranteed, and the price is only €40 per person. Read more info on our page: Advent River Cruise on a Boat with Lunch or Dinner.
Remembering Václav Havel
FAMILY EVENT On Sunday, it is going to be 5 years since the death of Václav Havel, a writer, philosopher, political dissident, and president – and one of the most significant personalities in Czech history. The National Technical Museum has decided to mark this sad anniversary with a special event on the 18th of December, when the entrance fee to the museum is going to be just 50 CZK. The opening hours are 9 a.m. – 5:30. Address: National Technical Museum, Kostelní 42, Prague 7.
EXPOSITION On both Saturday and Sunday, you can attend a special design market (called “Dyzajn market” playfully, in Czech) for the first time, at the Václav Havel square next to the National Theatre. Around 300 different designers and other artists are going to meet there to introduce their works to the public. The National Theatre piazetta was named “Václav Havel square” symbolically earlier this year and was decorated with a commemorative plaque and a heart-shaped installation by the sculptor Kurt Gebauer. The event takes place from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m, and there is no entrance fee. Address: Václav Havel square – National Theatre piazetta, Národní 2, Prague 1.
Nuru’s 4th Birthday
FAMILY EVENT On Saturday, one of the most popular animals at Prague Zoo has its 4th birthday. Nuru, the youngest member of a gorilla family, would like to invite all animal lovers to his Christmas-themed celebrations. The event takes place all day, and the entrance fee is standard. Find more info on the opening hours and fees at the Zoo’s web pages. Address: Zoo Praha, U Trojského zámku 12/3, Prague 7.
Christmas in Zoo
FAMILY EVENT Speaking of Prague Zoo, on both Saturday and Sunday Christmas celebrations will take place there, too. Within the frame of an event called “The Light of Bethlehem” (“Betlémské světlo” in Czech) you can, among other things, look forward to advent workshops. Your kids can, for example, create their own Christmas cards. The event takes place all day, and the entrance fee is standard. Find more info on the opening hours and fees on the Zoo’s web pages. Address: Zoo Praha, U Trojského zámku 12/3, Prague 7.
Advent Ball in the Name of Charles IV
BALL This year, the Czechs are celebrating the 700th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. On Saturday all lovers of history, fencing, and also dancing are invited to a historical ball. In the Gothic-style and Christmas atmosphere, you can find out a lot about Charles IV and have plenty of fun. Wear costumes, taste some historical food and, of course, dance… The ball starts at 6 p.m., and the entrance fee is 150,- CZK. Address: Regii Caroli Regis (Emauzy abbey – theatre hall), Vyšehradská 49/320, Prague 2.
Retro-Christmas in National Museum
EXPOSITION On Saturday, you can celebrate the last advent weekend of this year, in the National Museum’s New Building. The special exposition “Retro” is focused on the era when the Soviet Union had a major influence on everything in the country. Apart from showing how it looked when the Russian traditions were trying to “suppress” the Czech ones and there was a lack of many articles (not only Christmas ones), you can help decorate a Christmas tree or create your own special Christmas decorations. The event takes place from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and the entrance fee is standard. Find more info on the Museum’s web pages. Address: National Museum – New Building, Vinohradská 1, Prague 1.