This weekend in Prague: See the world's tallest lamplighter and finish your holiday shopping

Plus: Some Like It Czech presents 'Cozy Dens,' the State Opera takes you to a ball, and Czech legend Helena Vondráčková sings her hits. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 15.12.2022 14:00:00 (updated on 15.12.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes


Czech nu-metal band Cocotte Minute comes to Palác Akropolis on Dec. 16 as part of their Christmas tour. The band released its first album in 2004, and its most recent EP is "Lead Me!" from 2018.

Enjoy Friday evening at the Fitz with a free concert from Rodeo Queen. This is the country duo's last concert of 2022.

Hear some seldom-played and forgotten jazz from Libor Šmoldas Rare Standards Trio at U Malého Glena on Dec. 16. This is one of several jazz configurations led by award-winning guitarist Libor Šmoldas, who has been active since the 1990s and has worked with some top jazz talent.

Three pianists will play together at Piano Babylon at Divadlo Archa on Dec. 17. Free tickets are available over the Goout network.

Ukrainian pop stars Iryna Bilyk and Dmytro Kolyadenko celebrate the holidays at Lucerna Music Bar on Dec. 18. Bilyk has been performing since she was a child and in 1995 performed for then-U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Prague-based guitarist Justin Lavash plays blues, folk, and jazz at Jazz Dock on Dec. 17. He has also written or co-written songs for some of the Czech Republic's most respected artists.

Czech legend Helena Vondráčková will be at Lucerna's Velký sál on Dec. 18. Her career has spanned five decades, and she is known for her Czech-language versions of western hits, often with very different lyrics.


The adult-oriented play Who's Holiday finds Cindy Lou Who reflecting on her life since her fateful encounter with the Grinch. Find out what has been happening to her at Divadlo Na Prádle on Dec. 16 and 17.

A story about the search for home, Winton Caberet uses singing, dancing, tap dancing, and live music on stage. See it with English supertitles at Švandovo divadlo on Dec. 16.

The operetta Ball im Savoy tells a story full of funny conspiracies, romantic tension, and unexpected plot twists involving a newlywed couple being tested for their fidelity. You will hear jazz, Hungarian czardas, tango, klezmer, and Viennese waltz as the plot unfolds at the State Opera on Dec. 17, 28, and 31.  

Ball im Savoy. Photo used with permission.
Ball im Savoy. Photo: State Opera, Zdeněk Sokol

Holiday shopping and cheer

Celebrate at Chodovská tvrz on Dec. 16–18 with live music, a carillon, workshops for kids, a market for gifts, and more.

The holiday edition of MINT market will happen at Pražská tržnice on Dec. 16–17. You can look forward to over 90 designers from all over the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine selling fresh fashion, jewelry, design, and delicacies.

Hand-dyed fibers from Mountain Fibers at MINT Market. Photo: Facebook.
Hand-dyed fibers from Mountain Fibers at MINT Market. Photo: Facebook.

Swap unwanted goods at Vzlet on Dec. 16. Items must be in good condition and functional. Register online in advance.

FriendShip Prague is organizing a Christmas lunch for the homeless on Dec. 17. You can sign up online to help out.

A Christmas Night Run takes place on Dec. 17 in front of the Rudolfinum at 5 p.m. Proceeds support the charity No Foot No Stress.

The market at Mariánské náměstí runs until Dec. 18. The final weekend will have puppetry and singing groups, and a parade of angels on Dec. 18.

The lamplighter poses for a selfie. via Raymond Johnston
The lamplighter poses for a selfie. Photo by Raymond Johnston.

The lamps on Charles Bridge are lit by gas, and during Advent, a lamplighter in a historical uniform lights them by hand. You can see him at sunset daily until Dec. 23. The lamplighter Jan Žákovec likes to talk to the curious and pose for selfies.

The Royal Garden of Prague Castle is open during Advent. The Ball Games Hall and the western part of the garden are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There's an ice rink (without skate rental), live animals in a manger, and a First Republic carousel.


The ongoing series Some Like It Czech continues with Cozy Dens (Pelíšky), a now classic Czech comedy from 1999. See it on Dec. 16 at Aero. The series presents Czech films with English subtitles and a short comedy routine to put the film into context. There is also a chance to meet fellow expats at the cinema's bar.

The animated Japanese film Kiki's Delivery Service will be on the big screen at kino Světozor in the original version with English and Czech subtitles on Dec. 16. Director Hajao Mijazaki filled the simple tale of a young witch with magic and wonder.

Opera diva Renée Fleming stars in The Hours, a new work by composer Kevin Puts based on Michael Cunningham's acclaimed novel, which was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. The premiere production by New York's Metropolitan Opera can be seen at Bio Oko on Dec. 18.

Alejandro Jodorowsky's English-language surrealist film Santa Sangre pops up at Edison Filmhub on Dec. 18. In 2008, Empire magazine ranked it among the 500 greatest films of all time.


Air vent for Kryt Folimanka. Photo: Raymond Johnston.
Air vent for Kryt Folimanka. Photo: Raymond Johnston.

The nuclear shelter Kryt Folimanka is open on Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. The large complex sprawls under the hillside at Folimanka park. Two of the air vents on top have been decorated to resemble R2D2 and a Minion.

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