V lednu za pec si sednu!
I’m sitting by the stove in January!
-Czech folk saying
- Get Rid of Your Tree — Tree disposal in Prague runs through February. According to Prague Waste Services, Christmas trees don’t belong in mixed-waste containers but next to the bins where a dedicated vehicle will pick it up. Some 300,000 Christmas trees are picked up by the city annually.
- Donate Unwanted Gifts — Give your ugly sweater to someone who needs it; see this article for ideas or the Red Cross map of textile bins in Prague.
- Cook a Czech Winter Meal — Žemlovka, goulash, potato pancakes, soup; if you haven’t mastered these Czech winter foods, there’s no better time to try!
- Take Advantage of Winter Sales — Massive sales on everything from clothes to cars begin just after Christmas and continue through January both online and in store. Look for discounts of up to 70 percent off especially on clothes and winter sports equipment. Here’s a helpful chart for what to shop for and when.
- Pay Your Property Taxes — If you bought or were given any real estate last year make sure to file your property taxes by January 31.
- Be Prepared for Pricier Post — As of this month, prices for sending correspondence abroad have gone up (5 CZK for letters, 20 CZK for packages).
Czech Culture & Traditions
- Celebrate an Ancient Festival — Czech epiphany or Three Kings celebrations takes place January 5-6. Read more about the tradition and 2018 parade here.
- Get Political — While foreigners can’t vote they can at the very least follow the Czech presidential elections, taking place on January 12-13.
- See an Old-Fashioned Pig Slaughter — The National Museum in Letna hosts its annual zabijačka on January 27, kicking off the masopust season.
- Hit the Slopes! — Get a 23-resort Skipass (which includes Monínec, the closest slope to Prague) and spend your weekends like a Czech.
Career & Jobs
- Find a New Job — Those searching for teaching jobs take note: January is a secondary hiring season in the Czech Republic (Sept-Oct is the primary season) when teachers complete their contracts and leave the country, opening new vacancies. January and February are top months for hiring in other sectors as well.
Just For Fun
- Embrace the fantastical — Starting January 19, the strange visions of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch come to life at Prague Exhibition Grounds.
- Plan a Winter Escape — January 8-28 three different escapes rooms will be open every afternoon in Eden Shopping Center for free.
- Warm Up with Pizza — Prague’s first “Slow Pizza” restaurant Amuni, the second of its kind in Europe, has opened in Břevnov.
What’s on your annual January to-do list in the Czech Republic?