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.
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day is celebrated in much the same way in Prague as in the rest of the world’s cities. People gather with friends and family on December 31, and drink, have a special dinner, enjoy spectacular fireworks, and have a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight to celebrate the arrival of the year.
New Year’s Eve Prague Activities
Some visitors as well as locals choose a restaurant with an all-inclusive night of fine food, drinks and dancing, while others prefer a romantic, candlelit dinner in one of the more quiet parts of central Prague, like Lesser Town. Most parties of younger crowds go on a bar crawl, and after the fireworks they try to find a club, which can sometimes be hard around Old Town Square. Others buy tickets for a party in a club or a music bar. Good fun is guaranteed at the enormous party for several thousand modern music lovers on the Prague Exhibition Grounds. But if you are in the mood for something more relaxed, you might visit one of the New Year’s concerts at Rudolfinum or Municipal House, or even go to mass in some of Prague’s splendid churches. Finally, there are also popular Party Boats with all-inclusive drink and food menus.
Celebrate the end of 2013 on board a river boat. Special river cruises on the Vltava River are being offered to visitors on New Year´s Eve every year. There is choice of the Jazz Boat – a river cruise which runs from 8pm until 1am with live jazz music and a buffet; the Party Boat – a river cruise which runs from 9pm until 2am with a DJ on board and offers a buffet and finally Sweet Prague Silvester – a river cruise which runs from 8:30pm until 1am with live piano music. All three boats will anchor near Charles Bridge shortly before midnight so that the passengers can view the spectacular Prague New Year fireworks display.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Prague’s New Year’s fireworks have become very popular, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to Prague every year. When midnight comes, crowds gather around the city to watch one of several firework shows. Head for fireworks shows anywhere on or overlooking the river – this means near Charles Bridge, Prague Castle or on Petřín Hill. The best views are from nearby restaurants, river boats, or just from the streets, the banks and bridges. The atmosphere is fun, lively and relaxed, as you admire the beauty of the fireworks over water, with the backdrop of Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the Old Town. But if you wish to mingle with party crowds and get a more ‘lively’ feel, head directly to the Old Town Square where masses await New Year’s approach from the early evening hours. Then at the stroke of midnight, the atmosphere gets more of a vibe! Locals enjoy setting off fireworks, and although there is an aerial display, many fireworks at the Old Town Square are handheld and fired off by the crowd.
Prague is a great destination for a New Year’s Eve party celebration – we hope you enjoy it too! Not forgetting to mention that the Czechs have a saying that as it is on New Year’s Day, so it shall be the rest of the year. So hopefully you will return to Prague again.
Happiness and Luck: Breaking glass brings good luck. The same is true throwing a shoe over your shoulder. Spiders in your house are also lucky. Christmas superstition says that it’s misfortune to write a love letter on Christmas Eve. Laundry shouldn’t be done on New Year’s Day if you wish to avoid unhappiness.