Simply taking in the sites, sounds, and smells of holiday Prague is enough to delight and, perhaps, overwhelm the senses. Add to your sensory experience, and round out the festive month of December, with our schedule of Prague performances.
Sounds of the season From the chiming Christmas bells of the Baroque Loreta to the carolers on the Square, music swirls in and around the city all month. And because the Czech Republic has been known to turn out a brilliant musician or two, you´ll soon discover the sounds of the season here are of a goosebumps-inducing caliber.
International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music Held from the first Advent weekend in Prague, this festival features a variety of concerts of Advent and Christmas music. Details at www.orfea.cz.
The Bohuslav Martinů Festival in Prague Classical music festival held in December each year since 1995, celebrating the music of the famous Czech composer.
Details at www.martinu.cz.
Prague Christmas Competition festival held over Christmas in Prague celebrating a variety of Christmas music and carols along with Czech Christmas traditions.
Details at www.choirs.cz.
Dec 7 & 8 Harlem Gospel Singers bring their soul-lifting sounds to Kongresové centrum, 20:00.
Dec 8 The International Choir of Prague takes to the Old Town Square stage, 19:00.
Dec 12 The Advent Wreath, at the National Theater is performed by an impressive line-up of soloists and guests, 16:00.
Dec 12 Christmas Concert in the Metro (Muzeum) from 16:30-18:30.
Dec 16 Christmas Charity Concert, Congress Hall, Prague Hilton, 19:30. A gala concert for a good cause with celebrated conductor Paul Freeman directing the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. To benefit the Chance 4 Children charity—this event requires an invitation. Visit www.c4c.cz for more details.
Dec 18 Christmas Music of the European Renaissance is among one of the many performances the Prague Symphony Orchestra will give this month at the Church of Saint Simon and St. Jude, 19:30.
Dec 19 Christmas Concert in the Metro (Florenc) from 16:30-18:30.
Dec 19 And for something completely different, Jirí Stivín & Co. will perform their Christmas Jazz Cake at AghaRTA Jazz Centrum, 21:00.
Dec 24 Czech and World Christmas Carols at the Klementinum, 13:00.
Dec 24 Midnight Mass (půlnoční mše or simply půlnoční) is held in many churches and in Old Town Square (this one starts at 21:15). Part of any Czech Christmas is a performance of Hej mistře, vstaň bystře by the eminent Czech Baroque composer, Jakub Jan Ryba. Other popular masses take place at St. Vitus or St.Thomas (this mass is in English).
Dec 25 Favorite Christmas ballet The Nutcracker at The National Theatre; shows at 14:00 and 18:00.
Dec 25 & 26 Christmas Concert at the Prague State Opera, 14:00.
The holiday stage You´ll want to consult the programs of Prague´s major theaters for ballet, opera, and drama performances throughout the month of December. There is no shortage of holiday entertainment in this city at this time of year and visitors and tourists will find that they´ve come at the perfect time. But if a smaller production is what you seek, these performances should do the trick!
Dec 16, 17, & 18 The Bear Educational Theater´s A Christmas Carol (19.30) at the Reduta Theater. This nifty English-Czech production company teaches English to students of all generations through its oft-zany, super-interactive, and wildly popular theater performances. Dickens´ haunting holiday tale reinterpreted by this talented repertory is sure to be a crowd pleaser that´ll melt even the iciest of scrooges. The performance takes place in the snug basement theater of the Reduta Jazz Club, the very venue where the less-famous of the infamous “team Clinton” once wailed the night away on his sax. Národni Třída 20, tickets: 220 CZK.
Dec 18 Topping and Butch´s Christmas is So Last Year! So maybe the sight of two balding, flabby male fetishists, bedecked in snug bondage gear, one brandishing a riding crop, doesn´t exactly conjure holiday hijinks (appetite loss is more like it). But that´s what a ticket to Topping and Butch´s Christmas Is So Last Year! at Divadlo Na Pradle (18.30) gets you. And while the performance is sure to bring on the ribald, the Fringe Festival faves typically leave the raunch to subtext. Their act, a campy musical number laced with sketch comedy, has made them the UK´s top cabaret duo. Just the thing for the onslaught of the festive season. Part of the Prague Fringe Festival´s ongoing comedy nights. Besední 3, tickets: 245 CZK.