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Visiting Prague In December – The Definitive Guide

Old Town Square, Prague Castle Complex, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock, Prague National Museum - the list of places to see in Prague are endless. Each of these attractions offer visitors a peek into the rich Bohemian history spanning over a millennia. Prague in December is a great time to explore these sights plus witness one of the most enjoyable times of the year – Christmas and Holidays season! From Christmas markets to special shows, there is a lot to do in December. Coming December, unearth the secrets behind them on walking tours and sample the Czech culture through unique beer tours, river cruises and bus tours. Here's all you need to know to make the most of your trip to Prague in December.

Why is Prague in December a must-visit?


Prague in September

Winter wonderland – Prague harks back to a dreamy era even on its sunny best, but imagine the Prague Castle, church spires and red roof tops covered with snow! The city looks straight out of an enchanting fairytale and one you can’t stop admiring. The temperatures are freezing but it’s the captivating views that will warm you up.

Holiday Spirit – Most tourists visit Prague in December to enjoy traditional European holiday festivities. Each and every square like the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square is abuzz with Christmas Markets. Thanks to the rich Jewish history, the city also witnesses the Hanukkah festivities.

Choose your buzz – If you are visiting Prague in December you can choose the kind of atmosphere you want. The Christmas markets and other events are on all through the month but the tourists start trickling in only towards Christmas. The first half of the month is much more relaxed and you will get better rates on airfares and accommodation as well.

Prague Weather in December


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Winter has set its grip firmly in Prague in December. The skies are overcast and the temperatures are dropping steadily. During the day the average temperature is around 4°C and drops to around 0°C at night, however towards the end of December you can experience -1°C. You will experience snow towards the end of December.

Prague in December : Things to Do


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Prague Castle

Prague in October


The Prague Castle has been the home of Roman Emperors, Bohemian Kings, and now the President of Czech Republic. Its history spans over a millennia with construction starting in 870 and finishing only in 1929! In December, you can visit the ‘Story of Prague Castle’ exhibition to learn more about the complex.

December Timings
Prague Castle Complex – Everyday – 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Historical Buildings – Everyday – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location

119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
Getting There ›

Prague Castle Guided Tour including Admission Tickets
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€35
Fast Track Prague Castle Admission Tickets with In...
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€17.2
Fast Track Guided Tour of Prague Castle
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€40
Fast Track Access to Prague Castle and Prague Rive...
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€32
After Dark Guided Tour of Prague Castle and Old Town
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€21
Walking Tour of Prague Castle Complex
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€12
Grand City tour of Prague
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€86
Hop on Hop off City tour with Access to Prague Cas...
from
€58

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Old Town and Jewish Quarter

Prague in October


When in Prague there is no way you can leave without walking the streets of Staré Město and Josefov! A walking tour with an expert will take you through the attractions but more importantly tell you about its people, including the Jewish community, who made this historic city their home.

December Timings
Tour starts at 9:50 AM everyday

Location

Staroměstské nám, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Getting There ›

After Dark Guided Tour of Prague Castle and Old Town
from
€21
Ghosts and Legends of Old Town
from
€15
Walking Tour of Old Town and Jewish Quarter
from
€17
Walking Tour of Old Town Prague
from
€26

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St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague in October


The St. Vitus Cathedral is the Czech Republic’s most important Church and is located within the Prague Castle Complex. The church has iconic Gothic architecture and its wall contain the tombs of many Bohemian Kings and Roman Emperors. Skip the line and explore this magnificent church this December!

December Timings
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Great Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location

III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia
Getting There ›

4

A Day Trip to Terezin Concentration Camp

Prague in October


Just 70KM away from Prague is the remnant of one of the largest concentration camps of the Nazi regime. Over 33,000 Jews lost their lives at the camp, but there innumerable stories of hope surviving during the dark times. Take a guided tour to learn about the camp’s tragic history.

December Timings
Tour runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM

Location

G578+G3 Terezín, Czechia
Getting There ›

5

Vltava River Cruise

Prague in October


It is never too cold to be out on the Vltava River in Prague! Enjoy a comfortable cruise with heated boats as you travel down the lifeline of the city and marvel at the architecture along the way. Enjoy views of Charles Bridge, National Theatre, Prague Castle, and Old Town along the riverside.

December Timings
Depends on the chosen tour

Vltava River Cruises
Full Day City Tour of Prague with Cruise and L...
from
€39
Castle Tours
Fast Track Access to Prague Castle and Prague ...
from
€32
City Tours
Grand City tour of Prague
from
€86
Bus Tours
Hop on Hop off City tour with Access to Prague...
from
€58

6

Prague National Museum

Prague in October


Prague is an ancient historical city dating back to the Roman Empire. You can witness its history and heritage not only at the Prague National Museum but also in its open-air squares Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. Take a guided tour and skip the line to spend more time inside exploring.

December Timings
Tour starts Sunday – Friday – 9:55 AM and 1:55 AM

7

Dancing House

Prague in October


In a neighborhood packed with traditional and amazing Baroque, Art Nouveau and Gothic architecture, the Dancing House stands out for its unique ‘Deconstructivist’ architecture. The building has become a landmark over the past decades and a symbol of Prague’s amalgamation of old and new and the rise of a modern metropolis.

December Timings
Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Location

Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město,
Czechia
Getting There ›

8

Beer Tour of Prague

Prague in October


The Czech love their beer and on this tour you can get to visit the most happening pubs in the city and mingle with the locals to share this love for beer! These iconic pubs have even been graced by US presidents, and you will sample their beer.

December Timings
Tour starts everyday at 6:00 PM

Location

Discover Prague Tour Office, Celetná 12, Prague
Getting There ›

Prague Pub Crawl
from
€22
Legendary Beer Tour of Prague with Dinner
from
€35
Full Day City Tour of Prague with Cruise and Lunch
from
€39

9

Day Trip to Kutna Hora

Prague in October


Does the thought of dead remains in a basement bring you the chills? Take a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kutna Hora and head down to the basement of the All Saints Church to find macabre bone formations! While grotesque, these are artistic works and made to commemorate all the lives lost.

December Timings
Every day – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location

Old Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czechia
Getting There ›

10

Tour 4 Charity – See the Best of Prague

Prague in October


Take a guided tour of Prague and explore all its major attractions for over three hours and get to know rare anecdotes about the city’s history and culture. What’s more, your trip cost will go towards community building in Prague and directly help hospitalized and orphaned children at Chance 4 Children charity.

December Timings
Tour starts every day – 10.15 AM

Location

Municipal House, nám. Republiky 5, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
Getting There ›

Prague in December : Events to Look Out For


Prague in October events

Christmas Markets

All through December
Lively and festive Christmas Markets come up across Prague’s popular neighbourhoods including Prague Castle, Peace Square, Republiky Square, Tyl’s Square, Wenceslas Square, and Old Town Square. Enjoy local Christmas delicacies like mulled wine and gingerbread, watch street shows and pop-ups and witness Christmas lighting at the markets.

Prague in October events

Tutankhamen Real Experience

All through December
Tutankhamen is one of the most well-known Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and this exhibition at the Historical Building of the National Museum explores the different facets of his life. With a combination of original artefacts and unique audio-visual presentation, the exhibition brings to life the enigma of Tutankhamen.

Prague in October events

Mikuláš

5th December 2019
Mikuláš or St. Nicholas Day is celebrated with much fanfare in Prague, especially at Old Town Square. You will find a bearded St. Nicholas (Inspiration behind Santa Claus), the Angel and the Devil, parading in town and distributing candy for the good kids! It is an exciting celebration and kid-friendly.

Prague in October events

The Nutcracker at Hybernia Theatre

22nd December – 30th December 2019
The Nutcracker Ballet is a Christmas institution worldwide and the story of the Nutcracker and the Rat King has enthralled generations over time. This winter, the ballet will come alive at the Hybernia Theatre in a shortened version that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Prague in December : 3-day Itinerary


Prague in December - Essentials


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Prague Weather in December

December is one of the coldest months in Prague and while there is little chance of rain, snow can be expected from mid-December onwards. The days start getting shorter with the sunrise around 7:45 AM and sunset around 4:00 PM, giving you only around 8 hours of daylight.

Where to Stay in Prague in December

Winters are harsh in Prague and if you are traveling in this month, then make sure you stay close to the attractions to avoid time spent in commuting and walking outdoors. The best neighbourhoods to stay in are in the Prague 1 District which covers Old Town, Lesser Town, New Town and Prague Castle Area. You will find better accommodations at lower rates thanks to the low tourist season. Here are our picks for stay in Prague –

What to Pack for Prague in December

The cold can be biting in December in Prague, especially at nights and you should be prepared to bundle up. Pack a heavy long coat against the cold breeze when you are out in the evenings, add thick sweaters, scarves and gloves to keep yourself warm outdoors. Also, pack for sturdy shoes that can be used in snow.

Getting Around in Prague in December

The public transport system in Prague is efficient and cheap. All modes of transport work until around midnight after which you can take the night transport. Here are your public transport choices in Prague –

  • Metro – Covers three lines A, B, C and convenient option for heading to airport.
  • Bus – Well-connected network and super cheap to travel long distances.
  • Tram – Serves 34 routes and the best option to travel between attractions.

You can save money by using a Prague Card that offers free transport, but even more so you can save time and effort by taking the Hop-on Hop-off bus in Prague.

Prague in December - Must Try Delicacies


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Český kapr

Across restaurants and homes in Prague, you will notice tubs and tanks filled with carp come Christmas time. The Czechs associate carp with good luck for the New Year and enjoy a meal of fried carp at Christmas. You can sample this at traditional Czech restaurants in the city.
Where to eat: SOVA

Pečená Husička
Potato Salad

The humble potato finds itself a prime spot on the winter menu in Prague. The potato salad with a rich mayonnaise base and laden with potatoes, eggs and vegetables is a warm delight ideal for the cold weather of December. Topped with onions and pickles, the salad is the ultimate comfort food.
Where to eat: Lokal Dlouhaaa

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Vánočka

Vánočka or Christmas Bread is a traditional food in Prague sold around Christmas time. Imagine tearing into warm doughy bread stuffed with raisins and almonds. The mild sweet treat is often eaten for breakfast on Christmas Eve and sells out fast!
Where to eat: Restaurant Alcron

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Goulash

The Czechs love their Goulash so much that they add beer to their recipe, combining both their favorite foods! While the dish originated in Hungary, the Czech have mastered it and a hearty dish of goulash served with steamed bread dumplings will warm you up on those long wintry days in December.
Where to eat: Ferdinanda

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Becherovka

Trying to keep warm in the chill in Prague in December? Try Becherovka! The traditional Czech drink is made in Karlovy Vary and has gained international fame. It is a secret concoction of over 20 herbs and spices, and is served chilled mixed with a fruit juice. A great drink to nurse through the night!
Where to eat: Restaurace U Fleku

Tips for Visiting Prague in December


  • The National Theatre hosts incredible opera and show performances throughout December. On schedule for 2019 are La Traviata, Oedipus Rex, and The Nutcracker- A Christmas Carol.
  • St. Stephen’s Day or Boxing Day is celebrated on 26th December 2019. It is considered as the second day of Christmas and while several offices in Prague are closed, most shopping malls and entertainment venues are open till late at night for the revelries.
  • Prague has a rich history of classical music concerts, especially at the Rudolfinum. In December you can enjoy concerts of the Czech Philharmonic, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, and Czech Wind Harmony.
  • Apart from classical music, Prague hosts scintillating music festivals including the Magnetic Festival on 13th December 2019. It is considered to be the top rated indoor electronic and dance music festival in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • It is the season of ice rinks and the open-air ice rink starts on 5th December at Ovocny trh in Old Town. It costs just 100 CZK per adult and 50 CZK per child, and you can also rent skates at the venue.

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