Holiday (Christmas & New Year’s) Opening Hours in Prague

December 24 is Generous Day (Štĕdrý den) in the Czech Republic, and many businesses close early, if they are open at all. December 25 and 26 are also days of celebration, when it is difficult to find anything open.

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Here is a list of the business hours of certain businesses and offices during Christmas, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Prague Public Transit

On December 24, metro trains will run at 6- to 8-minute intervals until 6:00 p.m. Trams will run as scheduled until 4:00 p.m., then will run at longer intervals between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. From 6:00 p.m. until midnight, metro trains will run at intervals of 20 minutes.

From 6:00 p.m. on December 24 until 7:00 a.m. on December 25, trams will run at intervals of 30 minutes. From 6:00 p.m. on December 24 until 7:00 a.m. on December 25, buses will also run at intervals of 30 minutes.

The funicular to Petřín Hill will run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On December 25 and 26, metro trains will run at 6- to 8-minute intervals until 9:00 p.m. From 9:00 p.m. until midnight, the trains will run at 10-minute intervals. Trams and buses will run on. From midnight until 7:00 a.m., trams and buses will run at 30-minute intervals.

The funicular to Petřín Hill will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:20 p.m.

On December 27, public transit will run on the holiday schedule.

On December 31, all forms of public transit will operate on the Saturday schedule. The metro will run past midnight, to approximately 2:00 a.m. January 1 (the last metro trains will reach their end stations – Depo Hostivař on Line A, Černý Most on Line B, and Háje on Line C – not long before or after 2:00 a.m.).

Metro trains will run at intervals of 10 minutes. Trams will run on regular Saturday schedule until 10:00 p.m. From 10:00 p.m. until 3:30 a.m., they will run at 15-minute intervals. From 3:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., they will run at 20-minute intervals. Buses, also, will change their schedules at 10:00 p.m. Between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., they will run at 15-minute intervals. Some exceptions will apply; for details, see here.

The funicular to Petřín Hill will run until 10:00 p.m.

On January 1, public transit will operate according to the Sunday schedule. On January 2, it will operate according to the holiday schedule.

It is also best not to try to take a taxi if you are going out, unless you make sure to book well in advance. New Year’s Eve is a night when the phone lines to the taxi companies are completely inaccessible, and if you try to call for one just after midnight, you will have to be prepared for a very long wait, indeed.

Public transportation is bound to be a true hassle on New Year’s Eve, so if you plan to take a taxi, or Uber, keep in mind that any last-minute calls are unlikely to result in a ride home anytime soon.

Shopping

Prague’s famous (and famously charming) Christmas markets will be open December 24, 25, and 26, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. These markets will continue to be open until January 8.

The daily hours for the markets on Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The market at Prague Castle is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekends.

Tesco. December 23, regular hours. December 24, open until 11:00 a.m. December 25 and 26, closed. December 27 – 30, open at 7:00 a.m. December 31, open until 5:00 p.m. January 1, closed.

Albert. December 23, regular hours. December 24, open until 12:00 p.m. (noon). December 25 and 26, closed. December 27 – 30, regular hours. December 31, open until 7:00 p.m. January 1, closed.

Billa. December 23, regular hours. December 24, open 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon). December 25 and 26, closed. December 27 – 30, regular hours. December 31, open until 5:00 p.m. January 1, closed.

Lidl. December 23, regular hours. December 24, open 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. December 25 and 26, closed. December 27 – 30, regular hours. December 31, open until 5:00 p.m. January 1, closed.

Marks and Spencer. December 23, regular hours. December 24, open until 12:00 p.m. (noon). December 25 and 26, closed. December 27 – 30, regular hours. December 31, open until 6:00 p.m. (Palladium location only; other stores close earlier). January 1, closed.

Iceland. December 23, regular hours. December 24, open until 12:00 p.m. (noon). December 25 and 26, closed. December 27 – 30, regular hours. December 31, open until 6:00 p.m. January 1, closed.

Globus. December 23, regular hours. December 24, open until 12:00 p.m. (noon). December 25 and 26, closed. December 27 – 30, regular hours. December 31, open until 6:00 p.m. January 1, closed.

Sapa. This Asian market and cultural center is open until 6:00 p.m. every day of the week, including national holidays.

Entertainment

Most forms of entertainment will be accessible on December 25 and 26, but not as many will be open on December 24.

Dining

If you haven’t stocked up on food to cook yourself, you may have to rely on fast food to get you through December 24 – 26. As of this writing, only a few restaurants open on December 24 are not only open, but still taking bookings.

Among these are Como, Duplex, Konirna, La Bodeguita del Medio, Medieval Tavern, Piano Nobile at Villa Richter, and U Vejvodu. You will have better luck booking a table on December 25 or 26.

Among the restaurants still open for bookings on December 25 and 26 are U Mecenáše, V Zátiší, Palffy Palace, Nebozízek, Corto, Bellevue, Kampa Park, Bílý Koníček, Prague à la Carte Dinner Cruise, Terasa U Zlaté Studnĕ, and Triton Restaurant. Several of these restaurants will serve an à la carte Christmas menu.

Mass. Old Town Square will host an open-air mass at 9:00 p.m. on December 24.

Erin Naillon

Erin Naillon

I am an American living and working in Prague. I freelance in various areas, including photography/film, voice work, and, of course, writing.
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I am an American living and working in Prague. I freelance in various areas, including photography/film, voice work, and, of course, writing.