Chances of rain: Light showers and moderate snowfall are expected throughout the day.
What to wear: Thick waterproof jackets, hoodies or beanie caps, neck scarves, gloves, thick socks, and comfortable walking shoes with a good grip, or snow boots are recommended to be worn in Prague for New Year.
What to look out for: Prague is expected to be a little rainy and moderately snowy around New Year. It is therefore advised to carry an umbrella or a poncho when stepping out.
At midnight, all the major squares, hotels, and restaurants across the city light up with vibrant fireworks ringing in the new year. On the 1st of January, a municipal firework show sets off from Letna Park.
Where to see fireworks in Prague?
The climate and terrain around Prague in December is perfect for winter sports and snow activities. There are plenty of skiing resorts in the Czech Republic which make for a perfect day trip from Prague on New Year’s.
Attend the Czech Folklore New Year’s Eve Party and explore the small folklore village through its traditions, food, music, and dance. The folklore show will be followed by wine tasting, a midnight toast, and a DJ party till 1 in the morning.
When in Prague for New Year, do try tasting local festive food like the spicy gingerbread, roasted ham, smoked meat dumplings, barbecued sausages, and a traditional fish soup (rybí polévka) made from carp, vegetables, cream, and brandy.
Must-try festive food & drinks in Prague:
New Year special concerts in Prague feature renowned musicians and singers bringing in world music, local artists playing Czech music and folk notes, famous orchestras rendering classic symphonies, and world-class opera performances.
Having a festive meal and watching the fireworks are two of the best things to do in Prague for New Year’s. You can enjoy them simultaneously by dining at restaurants by the riverside or facing prominent squares.
Some of the best restaurants in Prague with a view:
Most 4-star and 5-star hotels in Prague host festive dinners with set menus followed by champagne at midnight and DJ parties after. Some even display fireworks and host New Year special brunches.
Some of the best hotels in Prague to celebrate new year:
Pub Crawling is an everyday event in Prague that comes to a celebratory end on New Year’s Eve. The Special End of the Year Pub Crawls happening on the 30th and 31st of December are the biggest of the year with over 300 people.
Why go on a pub crawl on New Year's Eve?
Celebrate New Year's Eve with flair at the Andaz Prague's New Year party! Dance into the night and savor unlimited soft drinks, wine, champagne, and cocktails. Don't miss the midnight toast and indulge in a delightful dessert live station all evening. Enjoy live music until midnight, and let a vibrant DJ keep the energy high. It's the perfect way to ring in the New Year!
Location: Senovážné nám. 976/31, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia | Find on map
Join the excitement at MAD Prague's New Year's Eve Party at the iconic Chapeau Rouge! Kick off the year with a blast alongside 2,000 people in the heart of Prague. With four bars, three music floors, and two stages, this massive celebration promises a wild experience. Get ready for mascots, confetti, and more in a party so massive that three floors might not be enough!
Location: Jakubská 2, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia | Find on map
Go on an exhilarating riverside New Year's Eve party! Enjoy a fully stocked open bar from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm and a delicious dinner. Take a delightful walking tour and receive a complimentary champagne bottle. Witness a dazzling fireworks display at midnight and gain free entrance to an all-night club for continued celebration. It's a perfect way to ring in the New Year with a night of festivities along the riverside!
Location: Recovery Room, Karlova 12, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia | Find on map
Duplex Prague is your go-to spot for an unforgettable kick-off to the year. With its unbeatable location, two floors filled with dance and music, and a track record for hosting world-class DJs, your NYE bash is guaranteed to be fantastic. Plus, Duplex Prague provides the ultimate vantage point for catching the dazzling fireworks that illuminate the Prague sky when the clock hits midnight.
Location: Václavské nám. 21, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia | Find on map
Spend the last evening of the year with a six-course gala dinner followed by an overnight cultural feast of classical music and dance. Listen to Don Giovanni and some of Mozart’s famous operas performed by acclaimed Czech musicians and welcome the new year waltzing to the tunes of Johann Strauss II and Franz Lehar. Dance away the rest of the night to the songs of Frank Sinatra.
Location: Boccaccio Ballroom, Grand Hotel Bohemia, 4, Králodvorská 652, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia | Find on map
Bus: Day buses run from 7 A.M. to 10 P.M. on New Year’s Eve, after which night buses will be running on select lines until 2:30 A.M. All night lines will be operational from 2:30 A.M. to 7 A.M.
Metro: Metros operate regularly on New Year's Eve, running every 10 minutes until 2 A.M. on New Year’s Day (the last trains start their journey at 1:45 A.M.).
Trams: Normal tram service runs from 7 A.M. to 10 P.M. Night trams run every 15 minutes from 10 P.M. to 3:30 A.M. and then every 20 minutes until 7 A.M.
Trains: Normal train service ends at 8 P.M., after which only S lines (except S34 and S49) are operational until 10 P.M. at 60-minute intervals.
Petrin Funicular Railway: The Petrin Funicular Railway operates from 9 A.M. to 10 P.M.
Watching the fireworks, attending New Year parties, feasting on festive food, ice skating, watching a live performance, and pub hopping are some of the most popular things to do in Prague on New Year.
Going on a skiing trip, having a medieval dinner in a tavern, and visiting a Czech folklore village are a few of the off-beat things to do on New Year in Prague.
Kids can go ice skating or skiing, watch the fireworks, and have festive delicacies such as Trdelník, spicy gingerbread, dumplings, and pancakes while in Prague for New Year.
Yes, Prague is a little crowded during New Year.
Prague is generally safe during New Year, although it is better to travel with a friend or in groups than alone. The main squares and other venues for fireworks may be a little dangerous, especially if you are traveling with kids. Beware of pickpockets in crowded areas, and if you find drunk people on the streets, you are best advised to ignore or keep away from them.
The New Year’s Eve parties at the Hilton hotels, the Artisan restaurant at Marriott Hotel, Jilská 22 music club, Dutch Pub, Mama Shelter restaurant, Café 80’s, and the underground music club Epic are some of the most popular NYE parties in Prague.
New Year’s Eve cruise parties, the Czech Folklore New Year’s Eve Party, and the Cuban-style NYE Party at La Bodeguita del Medio are also popular among people who prefer a different experience.
The Old Town Square, Charles Square, Republic Square, Peace Square, and Wenceslas Square host fireworks on New Year’s Eve. If not going there directly, you can best watch them from Smetanovo nábřeží, Dvořákovo nábřeží, Petřín hill, Riegrovy Garden, Vítkov hill, Charles Bridge, and Kampa Park at midnight.
It is winter in Prague in December with the average temperature ranging from-1 °C to 2 °C, with light showers and moderate snowfall expected around New Year.
Yes, all means of public transport are available as usual in Prague on New Year. Buses and trams run till 7 A.M. on New Year’s Day, while the metro operates until 2 A.M. Trains run till 8 P.M., except the S line, which goes on till 10 P.M. The Petrin Funicular Railway operates from 9 A.M. to 10 P.M.
Kampa Park, Mlýnec, Terasa U Zlate Studne, U Maliru 1543, Nebozízek, Výtopna Railway Restaurant, Jazz Dock, Atmosphere Cafe Pub, Café Savoy, Marina Ristorante, BRICK’S, Hanavský Pavilon, Manu Praga, and Pivnice U Karlova Mostu are some of the restaurants and pubs from where you can enjoy a good view of the New Year fireworks in Prague.
Stages Hotel, Hotel Duo, and Gallery Hotel SIS are some of the budget hotels to stay at during New Year in Prague. Pytloun Kampa Garden Hotel, the Radisson Blu, and the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa are some slightly more expensive options. If you are looking for luxury, your best options are the Four Seasons, the Central Hotel, and Augustine - a Luxury Collection Hotel.
CottoCrudo Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel, The Able Butcher at Hilton Prague, and Le Grill Restaurant at the Grand Mark Hotel offer the best dinner menus and buffets on New Year’s Eve. The Zinc Restaurant at Hilton Prague in Old Town, Paloma Průhonice, and Augustine Restaurant & Garden serves some of the best brunches on New Year’s Day.
New Year’s in Prague can be very chilly with expected snowfall. It is recommended you wear thick waterproof jackets, hoodies or beanie caps, neck scarves, gloves, thick socks, and comfortable walking shoes with a good grip or snow boots.
Since the 1st of January is also celebrated as the Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State in Prague, all stores larger than 200 square meters would remain closed on New Year’s Day, as per law.