Prague in December
Handling the Weather and What to Wear
November to March sees roughly the same amount of precipitation and it’s dependent only on the temperature if it falls as rain or snow. There’s always a chance of a white Christmas in Prague but the main weather factor will be wind-chill. Average temperature will be 0 degrees c but windchill can easily make it feel like minus 5 so it is the time for a proper winter jacket or Ski jacket, Thick soled boots and thermal socks will help you stop freezing from the ground up. Freezing slippery cobbles can be a problem if they are not flat so take small steps to avoid falling.
Eating and Drinking
You’ll appreciate the heavy but warming Czech food options at lunch and if you want to try the classic stuff then take a look at my top six Czech food picks. The difference with Prague in December is the Christmas Markets. There’ll be twice or three times the number of stalls to buy sausages, old Prague ham and other pay-by-weight bowls of food. Hot drinks like Hot Mulled Mine (Svarák), Hot Honey Wine (Medovina), Hot Cider (Mošt) and Hot water mixed with rum and lemon (Grog) will be available again in the cafes and restaurants (vodka shots will help keep you warm as well). I make my own restaurant recommendations.
December 24th-25th State Holiday for Christmas. NOTE: the main holiday is the 24th.
December 26th State Holiday for ST Stephens Day
Festivals and Things to Do
On December 1st and 2nd there is a free-to-air choir competition held on the Old Town Square www.or-fea.cz/akce/mezinarodni-festival-adventni-a-vanocni-hudby-en.php
On December 5th we have a festival called “Mikuláš”. In the evening you’ll find a man dressed as a bishop accompanied by an angel and a devil. Read more about this on the Mikuláš page.
From December 7th to 10th there is an International choir and advent musical festival again held mostly on the Old Town Square. www.praguechristmas.cz.
Imagine that you go blind. The guys at the New Town Hall have an exhibition which scarily puts you in that position. www.neviditelna.cz/en/
Prague in December will see Christmas Markets open by the 1st Advent Sunday so generally that means that by the Mikuláš festival the main markets are open on the Old Town Square, Republic Square, Wenceslas Square and Peace Square. If you’d like a quick look around the markets then check the Christmas Markets Walking Tour.
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