Things to do in Prague for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Ring out the old year and ring in the new with our curated selection of arts and entertainment offerings this Prague’s weekend.

A number of Prague theatres are staging afternoon, early evening and evening performances on New Year’s Eve. For example, the National Theatre is organizing the ballet The Nutcracker in the afternoon, the drama Poe at 17:00 and the opera Ball at the Savoy Hotel at 18:00.

Performances on the last day of the year have been prepared by the Prague City Theatre, Vinohrady Theatre, Theatre Na zábradlí, Theatre Na Fidlovačce and the Jára Cimrman Theatre in Žižkov.

Cinemas will also be open, in addition to multiplexes and smaller ones. For example, Lucerna will broadcast live a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with tenor Jonas Kaufmann, featuring arias from Italian and Russian operas, Tchaikovsky’s Italian Capriccio and parts from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.

The New Year’s Eve program was also prepared by several music clubs such as Rock Café, Roxy, Vagon. Lucerna Music Bar and Jazz Dock. The zoo and a number of public ice-skating rinks will be open during the day.

Steamboat trips are also among the options for spending the last day of the year. They are combined with a New Year’s Eve party including a buffet and drinks. A five-hour cruise with dinner, free food and live music costs CZK 4,750 per person. The cruises vary in length and cost and the boats depart from a number of locations on the Vltava.

Prague City Hall reminds people that a ban on fireworks in the city center, on waterways, and near hospitals remains in effect on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Only the district of Prague 21, along with Běchovice, Koloděje and Klánovice, is planning a firework show. It will take place in a field between Běchovice and Újezd nad Lesy.

The City of Prague first issued this ban in December 2020. “As we explained last year, we want to retreat from fireworks and pyrotechnics as many other modern metropolises do. The aim is to protect animals and the environment from noise, dangerous explosions and pollution. Entertainment should not cause hardship and harm to others” said Mayor Zdeněk Hřib.

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