Come to Prague at Xmas and sample the unforgettable and distinctive ambiance from Xmas markets, to the fantastic Xmas concerts hosted at several churches and venues. On the markets, you can sample some hot mead or wine whilst watching the craftsmen demonstrate their traditional trades.
Easter is a very important Christian holiday, and in Prague it is celebrated very much in that spirit. It is also a holiday time when families travel and get together. While walking Prague’s paved streets you will notice market stalls and flower decorations, Easter eggs smiling from shop windows
Prague is a popular destination during the Christmas holidays, and the same goes for New Year’s Eve. The celebrations are enjoyed by all, including the young and old, the quiet and romantic couples, individuals and groups. There are entertainment options to suit all tastes, from classical music concerts to traditional Christmas markets, from boat cruises on the River Vltava to dance clubs and special programmes at bars and restaurants.
Prague Christmas markets start on 29 November and run daily throughout December until 1 January. Markets are usually open from 09.00 until 19.00. Major markets are located around Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square while smaller ones can be found around Havelska Trziste, Namesti Miru and Namesti Republiky.
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays mean most banks and offices will be closed. Ordinary shops also close on Sundays and public holidays, while supermarkets and shopping centres often stay open. It’s no problem on these days to visit a concert, exhibition, restaurant or bar.
Combine a fantastic travelling adventure with your passion for running! In this new venture, the Runczech.com Prague International Marathon now provides athletes with 6 different races in 4 of the beautiful cities of the Czech Rep. Whether you select the large city race in historical Prague, or the quaint race in the evening in baroque Olomouc, a race in the Czech Rep will be an unforgettable event for both you and your friends and family.
The Grand Prix of the Czech Republic is held on the Brno Circuit (also known as the Masaryk circuit) in Kohoutovice, approximately 15 km north-west of Brno, Czech Republic. It was used before and after WWII for events such as the Grand Prix Masaryk measuring up to 19 miles in length before the existence of Formula One. It was formerly the site of the pre-war Czechoslovakian Grand Prix, which was held first in 1930, and is now used primarily for motorcycle races.
Velká pardubická is a famous steeplechase cross-country run in Pardubice, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) since 1874. It is a very important social and sporting event of the steeplechase season. It takes place (unusually) every year on the second Sunday in October. The length of the steeplechase is 6.9 km, with 31 obstacles. It usually takes 9–10 minutes to finish the course.
The Prague Spring (Pražské Jaro) is the biggest annual event. It includes outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles from around the world. The festival commemorates important musical anniversaries by including works by the composers concerned on its programmes.
For visitors to Prague wishing to experience the spectacle of Mikulas, head for the Old Town Square from late afternoon. The charming tradition of St. Nicholas falls on the eve of St. Nicholas Day, December 5th, and marks the start of Christmas for the Czech people.