This weekend will be all about the upcoming Christmas season, since the advent is starting on Sunday. Listen to Christmas Carols in the Old Town centre, visit traditional Christmas markets, or see the Christmas tree lighting up at the Old Town Square. But, of course, there is more than just Christmas-themed events taking place in Prague this weekend, too.
According to the weather forecast, it will be cloudy on Saturday, with mild wind, and on Sunday we can expect some rain showers. During the weekend, temperatures will vary between 4°C (39,2°F) and 7°C (44,6°F) during the day and may drop to 3°C (37,4°F) after dark.
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Christmas Tree Festive Lighting Up
FAMILY EVENTOUR TIP On Saturday, take your family to see the traditional lighting up of a Christmas tree in the Old Town Square. This year, the centre of Prague is decorated with a 31-metre-tall and 70-year-old spruce. This time, not a single festive lighting up is taking place, but there will be a light animation with music every hour between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Obviously, there is no entrance fee.
Christmas Carols at the Old Town Hall
FAMILY EVENT You can also get into the Christmas mood by listening to Christmas Carols played from the Old Town Hall. From this Saturday until the 1st of January, horn-blowers from Prague City Tourism will perform a series of Carols after the apostles show at the Astronomical Clock, between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. There is no entrance fee. Address: Old Town Square, 11000 Prague 1
Christmas Markets on the Wenceslas Square
CHRISTMAS MARKETSOUR TIP On Saturday, the traditional Christmas markets are due to open on Wenceslas Square. You can look forward to the atmosphere of a typical folk Czech Christmas, with many Czech traditions, folklore group performances and, of course, a wide range of jolly products and refreshments. Christmas Carol singing, mistletoe, Christmas candles and other decorations, and all flavours of Christmas – this will help you tune in to the proper Christmas mood. The markets are open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, and there is no entrance fee.
Christmas Markets on the Old Town Square
CHRISTMAS MARKETSOUR TIP Also on the Old Town Square, the traditional markets are starting on Saturday. This year, the celebrations of Christmas time will follow the theme of tradition and love of nature, but with a touch of the 21st century thanks to modern technology. Like every year, the countless stalls with Christmas goods and refreshment will be accompanied by a rich programme of entertainment on a big stage. You can enjoy folklore groups, children’s choirs, and other musical concerts. The markets are open daily 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. There is no entrance fee.
Elton John in Prague O2 Arena
CONCERT Christmas Carols aren’t the only music that will resonate through Prague this weekend. On Saturday, yet another big star will perform at Prague’s O2 Arena. All fans of Elton John should cheer up, because this great musician is performing on Saturday. During his concert, he will play the biggest hits of his incredibly long career. You can find more info on the web pages of O2 Arena. The concert takes place from 8 p.m, and the price of the tickets varies from 1890,- to 2990,- CZK. Address: O2 Arena, Českomoravská 2345/17, Prague 9.
Traditional Pig-cutting Feast
GASTRONOMICAL EVENT On both Saturday and Sunday, you can experience the atmosphere of a traditional pig-cutting feast in the Art&Food Zone in Troja. Within the frame of yet another Christmas market, you can taste some pig barbecue and other pig-cutting delicacies. The Art&Food Zone is a unique concept of exhibition and sales spaces in the yard of the former Troja brewery. In this area of around 2000 square meters, you can enjoy a combination of culture, art, and gastronomy. The event takes place 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, with no entrance fee. Address: Art&Food Zone, U Trojského zámku 4/1, 17000 Prague 7.
Christmas Cribs Exhibition
FAMILY EVENT From this Sunday until the 4th of February, you can visit an amazing Christmas cribs exhibition at the Charles Bridge Museum. You can see the most typical Czech traditional Nativity scenes (“betlémy”) and how they are created. Admire, for example, a Christmas Crib made of straw, or wooden and ceramic cribs. You can visit the exhibition between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m, and the entrance fee is 170,- CZK. Address: The Charles Bridge Museum, Křižovnické náměstí 3, 11000 Prague 1.
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