Top 25 Things to Do in December

Check your holiday to-do list twice, December is as events-filled as it is festive

Live Music



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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.

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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.

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Czech Christmas Mass – Dec 25/Church of Simon and St. Jude

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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.

Club Nights



Bondax – Dec 12-13/Roxy

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.

Festivals 

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.

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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.

Film



Holesovice Film Advent – Dec 1-Dec 25/Bio Oko


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.

Snow Film Festival – Dec 3/Kino Aero

Shredding the big screen! Feature-length films about extreme sports: skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, and winter expeditions.

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December Film Festivals at Lucerna – Dec 2-12

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.

Theater

Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse – open Dec 3/National Theater

A new retelling of Tchaikovsky’s celebrated Christmas ballet, this time with a Czech twist, opens in just in time for the holidays.

A Christmas Carol – Dec 11, 12, 23, & 25/Kolowrat Theater


The Bear Theatre Company’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. (In English).



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The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse

The Santaland Diaries – Dec 11, 12, 13, 18, & 19/Kolowrat Theater

A merry monologue based on a David Sedaris essay that humorously chronicles the author’s time as a grumpy department store elf.



Prague Youth Theater – Dec 12-16/Divadlo Na Pradle

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











Christmas Exhibition – now through January 3/Bethlehem Chapel

An entire exhibit devoted to the Czech tradition of nativity scenes is combined this year with metalworking, woodworking, and other handicraft workshops.

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Iva Huttner Christmas Exhibit – now through Jan 1/Chvaly Chateau

Charming old-timey paintings and a holiday-themed program in this Baroque palace make for a perfect holiday day trip.

designSupermarket – Dec 10-13/Kafka House

Annual market that rounds up the best of contemporary Czech design from jewelry to books and beyond for a three-day holiday shopping extravaganza.

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Nativity Scenes Exhibition– Now through Feb 3/Charles Bridge Museum

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



Chanukah Doughnuts, Dreidel, Dancing – Dec 6/Nam. Jan Palach

The annual lighting of the giant outdoor Menorah includes a chance to sample the deep-fried jelly sufganiyot of Jewish tradition. 

Soup Festival

 – Dec 19/Holešovická tržnice

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).

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Random Fun

Traditional Mikuláš Fireshow – Dec 5/Náměstí Míru

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.

Vintage Christmas Shopping – Dec 10/Lazy Eye Boutique

A Christmas soirée in the Lazy Eye Vintage showroom offers signature vintage dresses, Nora Lee cardigans, aprons, christmas cookies and punch.

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Santa vs Grinch – Dec 12/Sport Hall VŠE

Prague City Rollerderby will play a Christmas match between teams Santa and Grinch. Afterparty to follow!


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