The festive season is upon us. A time for meeting with friends & family to enjoy some well deserved time off work. I have put together a short list of festive events taking place in the city over the Christmas period; a selection of events from electronic to orchestral, so there’ll be something for everyone who’s looking for something to do over the holiday break. So turn to the last pages of your diary and get ready to set aside a day or two for some festive fun and culture!
Xmas Party @ SaSaZu
Friday, December 16th
22:00 until 05:00
Prague’s super club throws a costume party in true SaSaZu style. Expect festive decorations and house music provided by Holland’s Dance4Life ambassador – DJ and producer Jesse Voorn! Jesse’s musical résumé speaks for itself, working with some of the most respected labels, such as Stealth, Big Love, Comme Kingdom Cuts, Juicy Music Fatal Music and Spinnin to name a few. Quality home support comes in the form of DJ Brian Diesel Kid, who will play his final set in SaSaZu before jetting off to South America.
SaSaZu has also provided “sexy Christmas dancers” to keep you in the party mood with plenty of decorations and surprises in store for all attending the party. Those arriving before midnight dressed as Santa Claus or an angel will receive admission for a mere 100 CZK. All ladies in costume arriving before midnight will receive the same discounted entry fee. Otherwise, entry is 200 CZK.
22:00 Don Marquez
23:00 Bon Trip a.k.a. Bon Finix & Tripmain
00:30 Jesse Voorn (NL)
02:00 Brian a.k.a. Diesel Kid
03:30 doll & Bidlo
– Brian a.k.a. Diesel Kid
– Bon Trip a.k.a. Bon Finix & Tripamin
– Puppets & Bidlo
– Don Marquez
Key words: Costume, surprises, discount for costume wearers, house music
Mosaic House’s Christmas Tree Party
Saturday, December 17th
Mosaic house Odborů 4, Prague 2
Mosaic House & Belushi’s bar invite you to their Christmas tree party. With Christmas around the corner what better way to celebrate than joining others and decorating the “MoHo” Christmas tree! Along with the usual good vibes, Mosaic House will also be providing Traditional mulled wine, carol singing and cookies for those with a sweet tooth. The event starts at 17:00, with the official lighting of the tree at 18:00 sharp! There’ll be plenty of yuletide cheer (and beer!) A great event to go to alone or with a group of people – Mosaic House always has a good atmosphere and friendly staff & revelers.
Key words: Decorating Christmas tree, mulled wine, carol singing, cookies
Christmas Benefit Concert for World Vision
Sunday, December 18th
Malostranské Náměstí 21
17:30 – 20:00
How about a great evening of Christmas music for a worthy cause? All proceeds from this event will be donated to victims of famine in Africa. Music on the night will be provided by Markéta Lišková and her exciting band. This event has been organized by the charity World Vision and will be held in the Beseda Trick Bar from 17:30. Entrance price is set at 100 CZK. Markéta Lišková has a distinctive sound which is complemented by her live band. This is a rare occasion that the whole band will be performing together, so be sure to head down and spread positivity to the less fortunate.
Key words: Charity, benefit, Markéta Lišková, live music
Christmas with the CNSO: Bach & Ryba
Tuesday, December 20th
Municipal House (Obecní dum), Prague 1
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) is now in its eighteenth season of exhilarating and exciting performances in the capital. The evening’s program is subject to change but all being well, conductor: Libor Pešek will lead this very special Christmas concert with CNSO at the suitably grand Municipal House. Libor Pešek (founder of the Prague Chamber Harmony) has travelled the world conducting but is best known for his interpretations of Czech music. He has championed the works of lesser known conductors such as Vítězslav Novák & Josef Suk. A truly captivating performance from what many consider to be the country’s greatest orchestra. Soloists will be announced closer to the event. Czech National Mixed Choir of the CNSO will be included for the evening’s performance.
Key Words: Classical music, live performance, Municipal House (Obecní dum), Libor Pešek
Wednesday, December 21st
Prague Philharmonic will be playing a very special Christmas concert at Žofín on December 21st within the Large Hall of the Žofín Palace, featuring soprano Tereza Mátlová and tenor Aleš Briscein. The duo will be performing with the Philharmonia under the conductor Leoš Svárovský. Expect romantic, operatic melodies and an extensive orchestra playing Christmas melodies and carols. Tickets for this event are currently on sale. Tickets and more information available here: http://www.praguephilharmonia.com/
Key Words: Romantic, Žofín Palace, orchestra, carols
Xmas Party at Roxy
Friday, December 23rd
Roxy, Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Prague 1
Prague’s Roxy throws a huge free party with Czech DJs Tráva & Raide. Both specialize in house music, so if you’re looking to throw some shapes rather than decorate trees or sing carols, this is the place to be. Roxy is a great club with a booming sound system. Expect a busy & hot dance floor. Doors open at 22:00. Roxy are expecting a high attendance for this free event, so arrive early to avoid the tedious queues at the cloakroom and bar. Live visuals on the night will be provided by Zenit.
Key words: Free entry, club/house, late finish, live DJ’s, live visuals
Prague’s Christmas Markets 2011
From now until Saturday, December 24th
Prague 1, Nám. Republiky, 25.11.- 24.12.2011
Prague 2, Nám. Míru, 20.11.- 24.12.2011
Prague 2, Palackého Nám., 27.11.- 24.12.2011
Prague 3, Nám. Jiřího z Poděbrad, 23.11.- 24.12.2011
Prague’s markets are a fun place to go with friends, drink some mulled wine and enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere. You’re likely to find a happy mixture of Czechs & expats pottering around the well-stocked stalls and indulging in the festive mulled wine. Trdlo (a traditional Czech sweet pastry), Langoše (a savory fried snack), roasted chestnuts, sausages, and hog roast are all offer at different prices depending on the centrality of your market’s location. Drag yourself away from the food and drink and you’ll find a pleasant selection of souvenirs, tablecloths and crystal. The goods available don’t really differ from location to location, which might prove frustrating for those looking for that unique gift for a loved one.
Key words: Open-air market, traditional Czech Festive snacks, similar stock, tourist prices
Taste of Christmas
From now until Friday, December 30th
V Bokách III 257/5, Prague 5
The taste of Christmas offers a 5-course menu for 590 CZK or a whopping 7-course menu for 890CZK! All in attendance get the opportunity to discover traditional dishes from the Czech Republic and around the world. This exciting culinary event is taking place in seven restaurants across the city. Anyone wanting to take part should simply visit the website, select your meal, reserve your table and visit the restaurant on the decided date and time. Simple!
Dishes and more information available here.
Key words: Foodies, restaurant tour, good prices, discount, world Christmas
Walking Through the City
For those not wanting to spend money on Christmas events, why not take some time to peruse the beautiful sights the city has instead. If you’re new to the city then it might be worth taking advantage of one of the many tour guides. If you’re willing to pay then Prague Walking Tours have a great reputation. Sandeman’s New Europe (Prague) offers very efficient free tours where you simply tip your guide at the end of the tour. More information on both companies can be found on their respective websites.
Key words: Free entertainment, healthy, Festive exercise
Of course, the above is just a sample of the Christmas events on offer in the city. Feel free to share any events you’re aware of in the comments section. Enjoy whatever you get up to and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
For more on Christmas in Prague and the Czech Republic, visit our dedicated Expats.cz Christmas Microsite.