6 Tips on How to Spend the Last Day of 2019

6 Tips on How to Spend the Last Day of 2019

Welcome the New Year properly!

The end of year is fast approaching, and with it the popular celebrations full of fun and fireworks. If you don’t yet know where and how to spend New Year’s Eve, we have some tips to inspire you. Have some fun with your family or friends, and welcome the new year of 2020 in a good mood.

Celebrations in Prague streets

This year, Prague is going to be the epicentre of all celebrations, as usual, and most inhabitants and tourists will celebrate the New Year in the city streets, below the starry skies. The main stages with accompanying programmes will be located at the Old Town Square and St. Wenceslas Square, where the music performances will start at about 5 p.m. and end after midnight. Welcome the New Year in the fairy-like scenery of the Old Town and Prague Christmas markets! And if you prefer tuxedos and evening dresses, you can welcome in the New Year with the National Theatre opera company, which has prepared an evening programme called New Year’s Eve with Mozart, including a banquet and dance until the wee hours of the morning. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. The capital city will welcome the New Year with projection mapping – a light show projected on the façade of the historical building of the National Museum on Wenceslas Square. The projection mapping is entitled We, Prague and it will be shown three times, once an hour (18:15, 19:15 and 20:15).

New Year’s Eve on a steamboat

Spend New Year’s Eve on one of the Prague steamboats and experience something unusual! There will be a full bar, rich New Year’s Eve menu, and good music. The boats are usually anchored in the middle of the river by Charles Bridge for the midnight fireworks, offering a nice view of a holiday-lit Prague, where you can also enjoy the best view.

New Year concerts

If you are a fan of classical music, you can see one of the concerts on New Year’s Day. The most popular is the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra concert in the Prague Rudolfinum. You can look forward to hearing the works of great Czech composers – Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Josef Suk, and Leoš Janáček. The concert starts at 8 p.m. on 1 January. The Prague Symphonic Orchestra will perform Antonín Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances in the Municipal House (1 January 2020, 19:30).
Concerts by other orchestras do not usually start until mid-January. The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra from Ostrava plays on 9 January, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra starts on 12 January 2020.

Wine in Mikulov

Do you like quality white wine? South Moravia will welcome you with open hands on the last day of the year. Mikulov has prepared a rich programme for visitors who will visit the city centre on 31 December, including traditional cembalo music! You will have a great time thanks to the local restaurants and wine cellars. Is there a better way of celebrating New Year’s Eve in a city surrounded with vineyards than welcoming the New Year with great wine?

New Year’s Eve in the mountains

Not everyone enjoys celebrations with thousands of people; some people prefer to spend the day in peace and quiet. And others want something in between. To the latter group, we recommend setting off to Špindlerův Mlýn in the Krkonoše. It will be the main centre of celebrations in the mountains this year. The advantage of celebrating New Year’s Eve in the mountains is that you can go skiing the following morning and enjoy empty ski slopes and good-quality snow. You can also go to Šumava, Jeseníky or Beskydy. The celebrations there are on a smaller scale than in Krkonoše, where a lot of the people from Prague like to spend the end of the year.

New Year’s hike to the top of the trees

The South Bohemian Lipno and the Treetop Walkway have prepared the traditional hike up to the top of this modern lookout tower. Each visitor will receive a participation sheet with a surprise. The walkway is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day, i.e., 1 January. The area around Lipno is a great choice for families with children. Near the trail there is a ski slope, numerous options for accommodation, and restaurants. Everyone will find something to choose from.