One of the best things about going on a city break is that you don’t have to rely on the weather to have a good time. And this is certainly the case when it comes to visiting Prague in the winter months. In fact, it would be fair to say that Prague is actually better in the winter, particularly during the Christmas and New Year period.
We’ve listed a few of the best things about visiting this beautiful location in the colder months.
From November all the way through to the first week of January, the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are filled with traditional Christmas markets, where you can buy delicious local food, go shopping and drink mulled wine. The markets are surrounded with bright lights and live music, giving you that warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling. There is also a pop-up ice skating rink next to the Old Square – now, what could be more festive than that?
St Nicholas Eve
If you’re around on the 5th December then you can experience St Nicolas Eve, where St Nic himself, along with the ‘devil’ (although this is more of a Halloween costume than anything seriously frightening!), roam the Old Town Square and hand out sweets to children. As tradition goes, the bad children are put into a sack or given a sack of potatoes – but obviously this doesn’t actually happen! It’s a fun time for the children but also great for adults to watch, too.
If you’re lucky, you may get to see Prague in the snow. Whilst the city is beautiful on its own, it’s particularly picturesque with snow blanketing every surface. We recommend taking a long walk across Charles Bridge and up to Prague Castle, where you’ll get to see all of the best of the city; once you reach the top you’ll witness an amazing view, well worth the long walk and stairs!
New Year’s Eve
Prague is renowned for its nightlife, with a huge choice of bars and clubs to sample all year round. The nightlife, however, is particularly lively during New Year’s Eve, with lots of street parties and bars offering all night entertainment. If you fancy a quieter scene, then most restaurants have all inclusive evenings where you can have a set menu meal, drinks and entertainment. Wherever you are, make sure that you go outside to view the fireworks at midnight – they’re great fun, if a little hectic, but that’s part of the fun!
Have you visited Prague in the winter? Anything else you would recommend?