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Christmas & New Year's Event Calendar 2018-2019

Christmas Market in PragueNovember 20, 2018 - January 6, 2019: Christmas Markets
The Prague Christmas markets on Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) and Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) run from December 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019 . Other markets take place at the Havel Market (Havelské tržiště), on Náměstí Republiky, Náměstí Míru, at the Holešovice Exhibition Grounds, and elsewhere in Prague. See details on our Prague Christmas Markets page.

December 1: Lighting of the Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree will be lit on Old Town Square.

December 5: St. Nicholas Day (Mikuláš)
4 - 7 p.m.: Children's Mikuláš Tradition on Old Town Square
The St. Nicholas tradition is celebrated on Old Town Square and at other Prague locations on the evening of December 5. Read about St. Nicholas Day in our Holidays and Traditions section.
Sale of Christmas Carp
December 20 - 23: Christmas Carp Sold
Christmas carp is sold in the streets during the week before Christmas. Tubs full of live carp are placed at various locations around Prague.

December 24 - 26: Christmas Eve and Christmas Holidays
Czech Christmas holidays start on the evening of December 24 (Christmas Eve) and continue through December 26. Read about Czech Christmas in our Holidays and Traditions section.

December 24: Midnight Mass
Midnight mass (půlnoční mše or simply půlnoční) is held in many churches around the country on the midnight of December 24. Some churches begin the mass earlier, e.g. at 10 p.m., and some also have a mass for children in the afternoon. An open-air Christmas mass is held at 9 p.m. on Prague's Old Town Square.

December 31: New Year's Eve Celebrations (Silvestr)
5 p.m. until midnight: New Year's Eve Party on Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square
Many Prague restaurants, bars, and clubs hold their own New Year's Eve parties. Most of them require advance reservations. Here's a list of some New Year's Eve events in Prague that you can reserve on our partner's site.

January 1: New Year's Fireworks
6 p.m.: The New Year's fireworks will take place at 6 p.m. on January 1. The fireworks will be set up on Letná Hill and can be seen well from Čechův, Mánesův, and Štefánikův Bridges, from the Dvořák Embankment, from Pařížská Street, Petřín Hill, Letná Hill, the slope of Riegrovy Sady, Vítkov Hill, and other locations with a view of Letná Hill.