Widowspeak – Dec 6/Meetfactory
The Brooklyn shoegazers and psychadelic folk duo Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas play Prague in support of a fourth album.
Marina and the Diamonds – Dec 11/Incheba Arena
One-time opening act for Coldplay and Katy Perry, Marina Diamandis, steps into the spotlight with her edgy, soulfoul pop.
Christmas Respect Fest – Dec 12/Palác Akropolis
Princess of the Asian underground Susheela Raman and Roma roots sensation Parno Grazst with afterparty by DJ Yukimura.
Sinatraology – Dec 12-13/Municipal House
Forty performers will pay homage to the Sinatra songbook over two-nights; a gin-fuelled afterparty at the American Bar follows the opening show.
Performed at various venues citywide throughout the Christmas season, the Prague Symphony Orchestra’s rendition is among the more popular of the enduring Jan Jakub Ryba Christmas mass.
The house-tinged pop and soulful electronica of this young British duo makes their first Prague outing a must-see for fans of the genre.
Magnetic Festival – Dec 18-19/PVA expo Praha, Letňany
A 10-hour show, last year attended by over 10,000 people, brings a stellar line-up of the world dance music scene under one roof for an explosive event.
LeDní Letná – now through Dec 31/Prague Exhibition Grounds
Warm up in the big top! The international festival of new circus and theater offers a rich program throughout the month.
Christmas Markets & Festivals – now through Jan 6/Various
With a market opening at Prague Castle and plenty of non-traditional pop-up markets and bazaars to choose from there is simply no need to visit the mall his holiday season. Follow the link for dates.
Films for a festive price of just 40 CZK include a screening of the Nutcracker live from the Royal Opera House, A series of Czech Christmas animated shorts, and the Czech Christmas Mass.
Shredding the big screen! Feature-length films about extreme sports: skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, and winter expeditions.
Fests devoted to outdoor film, Italian film, and Asian film make for fantastic snow-day viewing this month. See the best of Italian cinema for 2015 and more.
A new retelling of Tchaikovsky’s celebrated Christmas ballet, this time with a Czech twist, opens in just in time for the holidays.
The Bear Theatre Company’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. (In English).
A merry monologue based on a David Sedaris essay that humorously chronicles the author’s time as a grumpy department store elf.
A new PYT season kicks off this month; the troupe will stage a number of empowering stories for a range of ages, many with grown-up appeal.
Art & Design
An entire exhibit devoted to the Czech tradition of nativity scenes is combined this year with metalworking, woodworking, and other handicraft workshops.
Charming old-timey paintings and a holiday-themed program in this Baroque palace make for a perfect holiday day trip.
Annual market that rounds up the best of contemporary Czech design from jewelry to books and beyond for a three-day holiday shopping extravaganza.
If you haven’st checked out this lesser-known Prague museum, now is the time. This display of exquisite straw nativity scenes, coupled with gingerbread and a sip of unique elixir of St. John Nepomuk from the cozy cafe here, will put you in the holiday spirit.
Food & Drink
The annual lighting of the giant outdoor Menorah includes a chance to sample the deep-fried jelly sufganiyot of Jewish tradition.
Fish soup, lentil cream, yummy borscht and more are cooked in forty-liter boilers imported from Hungary for some serious soup (Boutique Market is taking place at the same time).
Tribo Fuego will bang the drums and spin fire in front of the church on the square for a different take on the St. Nicholas festivities.
A Christmas soirée in the Lazy Eye Vintage showroom offers signature vintage dresses, Nora Lee cardigans, aprons, christmas cookies and punch.
Prague City Rollerderby will play a Christmas match between teams Santa and Grinch. Afterparty to follow!