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New Year's Eve 2024-2025 in Prague

Crowds flock to the Czech capital at the end of the year to enjoy its party atmosphere

Dates: December 31–January 1

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New Year's Eve in Prague

Prague has always been famous for its bars, clubs, eating out options, and unique, vibrant atmosphere, which suits perfectly for the end-of-year celebrations. But some of the most lucrative gathering spots include city squares and riverfront.

NYE at Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square, right in the heart of the city, is the main magnet for locals and tourists celebrating New Year's Eve in Prague. Plenty of bars and stalls operate all night, offering excellent Czech beer and mulled wine for those prepared to party till the wee hours.

NYE at Old Town Square

The medieval Old Town Square, where the main Prague Christmas Market is located, is another beacon for crowds. In some years, there's a music and entertainment program, which contributes to the festive atmosphere. The holiday fair itself is a nice place to take in festive vibe. The stalls typically operate through early January.

NYE fireworks & projection mapping

Prague has always had spectacular fireworks displays, announcing the arrival of the New Year. However, in recent years, the city made a decision to replace fireworks with an environmentally friendly alternative, like projection mapping. In some years, the show runs on December 31st, while in other, on January 1st. There are still many smaller private firework displays, which are bursting in color over Prague right at midnight. Some of the most popular spots for viewing fireworks are Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Also, on the shores of the river, you can spot fireworks around the iconic Charles Bridge, and other locations, like Letna Park, Vysehrad, and Petrin Hill.

New Year's Day

On January 1st, there used to be an official municipal firework show, scheduled for 6 pm and set off from Letna Park. It could be viewed best from Čech and Štefánikův bridges and the Vltava river banks across from Letna Park. Still, due to the ongoing discussion, the city has also shifted to the New Year's Day projection mapping on on the Wenceslas Square.

Holiday cruises

If you want to see the fireworks, but would rather avoid crowds, a river cruise could be an excellent idea. Vltava River boat operators offer a variety of cruise options. Some include a luxe dinner, live music, or DJs. The Prague Jazz Boat Evening Cruise is quite popular during the holidays. No matter where you choose to welcome the arrival of New Year, Prague's gorgeous architecture, excellent food, and warm, friendly atmosphere will make this night special!

NYE in the movie, theatre, or Municipal House

Beyond traditional pastimes, Prague offers several other activities for this magical time of year. Check out the program of local theatres and movies, which operate on both December 31 and January 1. Also, if you're a fan of classical music, you might be interested in attending a traditional New Year's Eve Concert by Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at Municipal House. Just note that the tickets sell out quickly.

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