Top 25 Things to Do in December

Cool Christmas markets, an ugly sweater party, and a toy expo for the young and young at heart

MUSIC & PARTIES

Lamb – December 2

UK electronic music duo Lamb returns to Prague with a brand new album, Backspace Unwind. Producer Andy Barlow and singer-songwriter Lou Rhodes will take perform at Lucerna Music Bar.

Selah Sue – December 7

This amazing soul singer with a unique voice will perform at Roxy on the first Sunday in December. A Belgian treasure who has collaborated with CeeLo Green and has earned praise from Prince and Stevie Wonder.

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Paul Van Dyk – December 12

Paul van Dyk, a German Grammy Award-winning electronic dance music DJ, has decided to come to Prague. Take your friends and come to enjoy a night full of adventure with Paul Van Dyk.

X-massacre – December 12

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Around 5,000 visitors will descend upon Holešovice Prague EXPO to experience an unforgettable night with a spectacular line up at the biggest harder styles event (3 stages in 3 halls) in the Czech Republic.

Bach: Magnificat – December 15-16

This Christmas concert in the Rudolfinum is surely the event of the month and should not be missed. Collegium 1704 has prepared a Zelenka’s festive Missa Divi Xaverii in counterpoint to Bach’s festive Magnificat. 

Euporhia New Year’s Eve – December 31

Ring in the new year at the Roxy and NoD with a concept party that connects the club and gallery space. Expect 3D videomapping, light shows, decorations and of course wicked DJ sets.

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ART, DESIGN, & FASHION

How Fairy Tales Dress Up – November 21-December 31

For the young and young at heart: A display of original costumes from televised Czech fairy tale productions in the breathtaking setting of the Strahov Monastery winter refectory. Bonus: A series of cardboard cut-out film stills let you play “dress-up” by poking your head through various holes. Don’t forget your camera!

designSUPERMARKET – December 11-14

Are you running out of ideas for Christmas gifts? Give your loved ones something original that you cannot buy in regular shops. Conveniently located on Old Town Square at the House at the Minute, shop for a variety of design products, accessories, fashion, jewelry and graphic design made by talented Czech and foreign professionals and students.

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Dyzajn market × Winter – December 13 – 14

Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere at this market, where everyone browses for designer clothing and accessories, drinks mulled wine and eats festive treats. Come and sing carols, watch the fashion show or listen to great music during one of the many concerts that wil be held at the market. Around 200 designers will show you their artwork.

Winter Warehouse Flea Market – December 14

Another alternative to the tourist circus that is the Prague Christmas markets, is this holiday flea market at Meetfactory featuring local artists and lots of secondhand gems to dig through.

THEATRE & FILM

Filmasia – December 1-7

The Asian Film Festival going on at Lucerna and Světozor cinemas will screen the best Asian films for an entire week. Fans of action, thrillers and comedy won’t be disappointed.

iShorts – December 10

For those who fall asleep during two-hour movies, The Festival of the Best European Short Films will take place in six cities around the Czech Republic this month with a rich program of films to choose from.

Mary Stuart Winter 2015  December 16-19

An avant-garde adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart set in the high-stakes, high-profile arena of a couture runway event and brought to you by English-language production company A Broad’s Way.

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FOOD & DRINK

Pussycakes Christmas Market – December 4

A food-themed bazaar selling not just food and Adekor china but for this second edition clothing (purchase two pieces and get a free gingerbread cupcake). All in the already festive atmosphere of the lovely Coffee House.

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Balkan Sessions – December 12

If you haven’t made it to the newly opened Vinohradský Pivovar, this event is a great excuse to check it out. Live performances of traditional gypsy music, dance, and culinary specialities from the Balkans. Entry is free. 

RANDOM FUN

Lední Letní – December 2 – January 12

Enjoy breathtaking performances in a heated circus tent with hot drink in hand. Do not forget to take your ice-skates because an ice-skating rink is next to the circus. The original acrobat show “Loser(s)”, originally performed at Letní Letná, is part of the winter line-up.

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Story Slam #2 – December 5 

The newly opened creative space Vykladni Skrin will host its second storytelling session, open to all of those who want to share and listen, or just listen, to true stories on the topic of “journeys.” Food and refreshment available.

Czech Leonhart Open III – December 5-7

Everyone has played foosball at least once in a pub with friends, but are you good enough to join a tournament? Do not waste your time and start practicing because one of the best tournaments in Czech Republic is almost here. You can win at one of 18 disciplines.

Pillow fight Prague – December 18

Pillows are not just for sleeping, they are great weapons for fighting as anyone who has older or younger siblings knows. Converge on the Old Town Square for the whole 13-minute fight. Be forewarned: “If you are allergic to feathers, do not forget your pills!”

A Week of Sports for Free – December 25-31 

How to survive Christmas without gaining extra pounds? For one whole week, you can exercise for free at dozens of sport centers in Prague. Pledge goodbye to those extra pounds in the new year.

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HOLIDAY EVENTS

The Tap Tap at the Opera – December 1

This St. Nicholas day show at the State Opera is a charity evening with members of the highly entertaining The Tap Tap band performimg a mix of music and their signature black comedy in an effort to raise funds for the Jedlička Institute.

Afterworkdrinks Ugly Sweater Party – December 3-4

It wouldn’t be the festive season without an ugly sweater party. The Emblem Hotel is organizing its own jolly jumper gathering in its Living Room lounge complete with egg nog and caroling around the fireplace.

Czech Toy and Advent Market – December 13-14

Retro and handmade Czech toys on display and for sale as well as lots of fun activities and entertainment for families at this weekend-long holiday-themed market at the New Town Hall. One-stop shopping for the little one in your life. Free entry.

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The Nutcracker – December 21

The Nutcracker is a delightful Christmas show for the whole family and this time presented by the Bolshoi Ballet to us here in Prague via the big screen. Enjoy a fairy tale about a girl and her magical Christmas gift.

Christmas Bells Exhibit – through January 4, 2015

The Czech Republic is known for its mastery of the nativity scene; this year in addition to displaying the traditional creche, the Bethlehem Chapel will host an exhibit of an impressive range of bells from around the world.

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