Christmas culture in Prague: The best film, art, and performances this month

Fill up your culture advent calendar: Where to catch traditional concerts, spirited holiday dance, and holiday films this month in the Czech capital.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 11.12.2023 18:00:00 (updated on 14.12.2023) Reading time: 4 minutes

holiday exhibitions

  • The Prague City Gallery and Signal Festival teamed up for a festival of lights for St. Lucy's Day at Troja Chateau on Dec. 12 and 13, where light and sound installations will be presented by Czech and international artists.
  • My Dear Jesus - Invasion of Beauty, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and folk art, is at Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery – Salvátorská until Dec. 24.
  • The Magic of Old Times Museum presents Victorian Christmas, an exhibition of Christmas traditions and customs at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, until Dec. 30.
  • An exhibition of large-scale lighting decorations is at the Castle complex Ctěnice until Dec. 31.
  • The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at Vyšehrad will display a Nativity scene that consists of 13 characters, including the life-sized Holy Family and five figures of animals, until Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Nativity scenes with wooden models dating back to the 19th century will also be on display at the Old Town’s Church of Our Lady before Týn until Jan. 7, 2024, as well as at Saint Matthew’s Church until Jan. 28, 2024.
  • The Bethlehem Yurt, featuring an interactive exhibition depicting the Christmas story of Jesus' birth, is open to visitors at the Botanical Garden until Jan. 7, 2024.
  • The Museum of the City of Prague has regular Christmas activities, exhibits, nativity scenes, and workshops throughout December.

EDITOR'S PICK: Spend an afternoon at the museum during the winter holidays exploring the exhibition Baroque period between Bohemia and Bavaria from 1720-1820. At the National Gallery until May 8, 2024, it includes 218 items on loan from 54 Czech and 33 foreign institutions, and explores the shared cultural space, despite political conflicts.

holiday cinema

EDITOR'S PICK: Enter the enchanting world of Czech holiday cinema at Edison Filmhub on Dec. 18, where you can watch the Czech Three Nuts for Cinderella film with English subtitles. Join the festive experience with an introduction, discussion with curator Marie Barešová, and a post-screening Christmas celebration featuring Czech treats and a special Swap & Taste baking competition. 

holiday music

holiday performance

  • A Christmas concert performed by the Karel Vlach Orchestra, Jan Bendig, Vaclav Noid Barta, and the children’s choir Coro Piccolo will take place on Dec. 16 at Metropole Zličín.
  • The Nutcracker comes to life on screen on Dec. 17 at Kino Světozor, which airs a performance from The Royal Ballet company.
  • The Prague Dance Center Conservatory will hold a Christmas dance scene at the Congress Center Prague on Dec. 19.
  • The Nutcracker will also be at Divadlo Broadway on Dec. 20, 22, 24, and later in December.
  • Rybovka na Hlaváku organizes the 21st edition of its annual concert on Dec. 23 at Hlavní nádraží, which welcomes all who want to play, sing, or just listen to the Czech Christmas Mass.
  • You can also see the Nutcracker at La Fabrika on Dec. 28 in a family-friendly fantasy performance.

EDITOR'S PICK: The Behind the Door Festival – Processions of Angels is a chance to run into processions of angels on stilts in the streets of old Prague, courtesy of ArtProm in cooperation with ART Prometheus. The recurring event runs through the Advent season.

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