This weekend in Prague: Ring in the holiday season with citywide festive events

Plus: Reggae band UB40 and DJ Bonobo perform, one last chance to get a Clue, and the French Film Festival screens some of Truffaut's classics. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 24.11.2022 15:36:00 (updated on 30.11.2022) Reading time: 5 minutes


British musician and producer, DJ Bonobo, is back at Forum Karlín on Nov. 26 supporting his new album "Fragments," which earned four stars from NME. His electronic music shows jazz and world influences.

YouTube star Cello Republic, known for their covers of popular hits, will perform at the main hall of the Municipal Library on Mariánské náměstí on Nov. 26. The quartet has had some lineup changes but maintains its artistic vision.

Reggae stars UB40 have sold over 60 million records in their long career. Four original musicians from the 1978 line-up plus a new singer will be jamming at Forum Karlín on Nov. 27. The band's name comes from Britain's form for unemployment benefits.

Ugandan-Swedish electropop star Namasenda found fame online before releasing her first full album in 2021, "Unlimited Ammo." She appears at MeetFactory on Nov. 26 along with opening acts Juba and Coals.

Award-winning Canadian musician Dan Mangan has released seven albums and composed the scores for film and TV shows. His more recent album, "Being Somewhere," was recorded during the pandemic and offers Mangan’s finest writing couched in some of the most atmospheric arrangements, according to the Vancouver Sun. He will be in the intimate space of Royal Theatre & Club Chic on Nov. 27.


The Akcent festival presents Out of The Blue. Two Belgian artists. Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere, track ships from a mining company, sea biologists, and ecological activists as they converge in the Pacific. Find out what happens at Divadlo Archa on Nov. 25.

The Bohemian Taboo Road Show invites viewers to an evening of intimacy and eroticism in creative arts and performances at Palác Akropolis on Nov. 25. The show features a pop-up exhibit of original photography, oils on canvas, digital printmaking, intimate products and lingerie, shibari, acrobatic performances, burlesque, and an immersive light and dance show.

There is one final chance to catch Clue, based on the board game and 1985 film. Veteran actors including Lane Davies, who appeared in "Seinfeld" and "Third Rock From the Sun," and Gregory Gudgeon, who is in "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Carnival Row," ham it up in this broad comedy, along with Prague Shakespeare Company regulars. Try to guess who did it on Nov. 26 at Divadlo Na Prádle.

The holiday season has a dark side. Krampus, the demonic character who drags off bad children in a sack, is becoming more popular every year. A Krampus Show at Malá sportovní hala in Výstaviště on Nov. 26 will have over 60 Krampuses. There is a family-friendly show in the daytime and a scarier show in the evening.

Krampus. Photo: Výstaviště.
Krampus. Photo: Výstaviště.

Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier has its second premiere at the State Opera on Nov. 27. This is a revival of a highly acclaimed Komische Oper Berlin adaptation. The opera is a comedy of mistaken identities set in 18th-century Vienna.

Holiday shopping

Enjoy some hot wine and buy some gifts at one of the holiday markets that have opened across Prague. The main ones can be found at Old Town Square and Wencelas Square. For people looking for some local flavor, try the one at Náměstí Míru. There is also one at Vítězné náměstí every Saturday and Karlínské náměstí every Sunday. Read more about the markets in our story.

Find coins, stamps, banknotes, and similar items at the Christmas market for collectors at Hotel Olympik on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

Find fashion, jewelry, accessories, and design items plus delicious food at MINT Market in Pražská tržnice on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. You can get your Christmas shopping done and support local craftspeople from Czechia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Support charity

Help animals who live on the street get veterinary care by shopping at a Charity bazaar to help animals in need. Come to the Scout Institute in Kampa at U Sovových mlýnů 1 (the former Rybárny building) on Nov. 26 and check out the donated items or stop for a drink and a snack.

A Charity Advent Market takes place at The Mozart Prague on Nov. 25 to Nov. 27. Proceeds will support Neratov, which helps to integrate disabled children and adults. On Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. there is also a jazz concert.


Meet fellow bell enthusiasts and ring in the holiday season at Smíchovská náplavka, where the newly made Bell #9801 is temporarily residing. You can ring the bell yourself on Nov. 26. Read more about the bell in our story.

Find out about Czech jewelry and try your hand at making ornaments at the grounds of Ctěnice chateau on Nov. 26. The chateau, operated by the Municipal Museum, also has an exhibition on live nativity scenes.

See the lighting of the Christmas tree at Prague Zoo and watch the production of glass ornaments on Nov. 27. Entry after 3:30 p.m. will be a symbolic CZK 50.


Christmas on the Roof is moving to Radost in Žižkov this year. It starts on Nov. 25 and will run every Wednesday through Sunday with drinks and a festive atmosphere overlooking the city. Decorations include a nativity with live animals and carp in a fish tank.

Manifesto Anděl kicks off its winter market on Nov. 26 with music all day, warm drinks, and other attractions. The market is fully covered and heated.

Late fall is also the time for a traditional pork festival (zabijačka). Gabriel Loci on Nov. 26 will have food, drink, and folk music from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Another festival takes place at 9ítka, Smíchovská Náplavka, also on Nov. 26. starting at 11 a.m. with demonstrations at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


The French Film Festival continues until the end of the month at multiple venues including Světozor, Lucerna, Edison Filmhub, and Kino 35 (in the French Institute). Most but not all films have English subtitles. Along with new films, there are also retrospective screenings of works by François Truffaut.

Two of Danish director Lars von Trier's more challenging films, Melancholia and Antichrist, are at Aero on Nov. 25 as part of an ongoing retrospective.

There's another chance to catch the cult hit Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a shadow cast participating along with the screen action. Don't dream, be it on Nov. 26 at Aero. Buy tickets early as this almost always sells out.

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