Christmas Comes to Prague: December Events

It's not exactly 'Swan Lake,' but Prague's Vltava River offers visitors a beautiful view even in December. The ballet and dozens of other classical performances await you this year.

It’s not exactly ‘Swan Lake,’ but Prague’s Vltava River offers visitors a beautiful view even in December. The ballet and dozens of other classical performances await you this month.

The Christmas season is rapidly approaching, so it’s never too early to take a look at the concerts and other events awaiting you in Prague in December.

Whether you’re visiting for a few days and want to enjoy some culture, looking for refreshing Christmasy activities to get you into the spirit, or you’d just like to chill with an excellent performance during your break from the hassles of everyday work and life, Prague has plenty to offer in December.

Here are just a few ideas. (Be sure to check our Events Calendar in the upper right corner for the full menu of these and all December activities.)

Christmas Carols and Themed Music

One of the best places to head for Christmas carols is The Atrium in Žižkov. This cozy small concert hall offers top-notch performances always at very affordable prices. And if you want a break from all the commercial Christmas music, this is the place to come: you can actually learn something as you enjoy the music, because programs here on Dec 4, 11, 13, 14, 16, and 22 by various groups feature historical Renaissance, Classical, or early European music, some with period instruments. And ‘Christmas with Chorea Bohemica’ in the same vein is offered Dec 12-14 at Prague Castle.

Keep to the Traditional with the Ryba Mass

Listening to J J Ryba’s Christmas Mass is a tradition in the Czech lands, and you can take part in the tradition with this classic in concert form Dec 21 at The Atrium, or in afternoon concerts by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and guests at The Rudolfinum Dec 20-21. The Children’s Opera Prague also performs the work on Dec 20 at the Theatre of the Estates.

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The Church of St Simon and St Jude

Other religious music offered during December includes Bach’s Christmas Cantata Dec 26 at the Church of St Simon and St Jude, featuring the Martinů Voices; and Collegium 1704′s Advent concert Dec 6 at the breath-taking Břevnov Monastery.

… Or Kick Up Your Heels

But the holidays are the time for fun, too. This year the Czech National Ballet keeps its special holiday tradition by performing The Nutcracker – A Christmas Tale at various times on Dec 6, 9, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 26, 29, and 31. If you can’t find a convenient time then, wait til January, when the show will be repeated several times.

And let’s not forget New Year’s. At the State Opera Dec 31, a special performance of Die Fledermaus, with champagne and dancing, is offered starting at 8 pm.

In a lower key, Collegium 1704 performs Handel’s Dixit Dominus for its New Year’s Eve concert; and for the easily sleepy, during the day on the 31st the Czech Philharmonic offers an 11 am rehearsal of its traditional New Year’s Eve Gala performance slated for New Year’s Day at 8 pm.

How to access Opus Osm’s Event Calendar of All Events

Click on the black “Calendar” tab at the top of any Opus Osm page. You’ll see three choices. The first is Events Calendar. Click on it, and you’ll see a large calendar with the title of every performance for each day. Click on any performance title to see its basic details.

OR:

Click on the little “Events” calendar in the upper right corner of any Opus Osm page (Events – Click orange dates). Click on any orange date and you’ll see a list of titles for that day’s performances. Then click on any title, and you’ll see the performance details. But remember! If every date is orange, it’s because there are performances every single day of that month (non-performance days are gray).

Enjoy Prague’s culture in December and all year!– oo

You can access the Events by clicking the black 'Calendar' tab or the little Calendar on any page.

You can access the Events by clicking the black ‘Calendar’ tab or the little Calendar on any page.

Photo Credits: Top: Zuzana Pernicová; middle: Miroslav Setnička

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