We discovered this Christmas House by chance when driving by. I haven’t seen anything like it in the Czech Republic, only in the US. Actually my first thought was - Americans will love this! It’s an hour drive from Prague and will make an awesome day trip. They have several exhibitions of ALL kinds of Christmas decorations. There are so many that my brain could not comprehend. And of course you can purchase the majority of them. Apart from this they have a cafe and an outdoor Bethlehem. They organise different events for kids, Christmas carol singing, meet Santa etc.
Christmas is on it’s way - despite the mild weather. A big hint are the shopping malls, already draped in glittery decor since the end of October! So with that come Prague’s famous Christmas markets, always beginning rather early in Prague 2 - the Christmas Markets in Náměstí Míru are always the first to open - they officially start Nov 20! And for the ultimate treat, on December 5th head there or to Old Town Square after sunset to witness the Mikulas Tradition. You’ll find a particularly spectacular trio of St Mikulas, Devil and Angel working the square and offering sweets to children who have been well behaved over the year or that sing a song to them.
Following is a list of the more popular Christmas Market spots along with their opening times.
It’s that time of the year when we start drawing up a list of gifts for family and friends. So how can we find unique, czech-made gifts for family here and abroad? It’s easier than it used to be thanks to the big design markets that are cropping up all over town and small boutique-style shops. The range, price and individuality of the products give you great alternative to shopping malls and big brand items usually made in China.
The new outdoor Mini Golf course in the centre of Vinohrady/Zizkov is good fun and reasonably well priced. It’s a nice adult and kid-friendly activity for mild Autumn weather which you could also combine with a visit to the tower or a park visit to Riegrovy Sady.
What’s going on around the city over Halloween?
Quite a bit!
The change of time, weather, darker evenings aren’t so pleasant but with dress-up parties, crafts and pumpkin carving then lets make the best of it! We’ve tried our best to find as many of the parties going on over the next two weeks. If we’ve missed any feel free to add to our list at the end of the article.
Need some pumpkins before Halloween? One of the popular places to go is Bykos Pumpkin Farm near the town of Beroun. It is best to go on the weekend and to spend a whole afternoon there! Apart from choosing pumpkins for a reasonable price you can ride a pony, see rabbits, turkeys and eat on the spot - pumpkin soup, for example, or an apple-pumpkin strudel.
We kind of covered Sokolovna Pruhonice Restaurant when Larissa attended a birthday party here but it was more about birthday parties at Sokolovna. Recently we went for lunch with another family and it was a blast. A big playground, English speaking entertainers on the spot, a craft room, playroom and a big gym. You can easily spend half a day here and your kids will not get bored.
Guest report by Lee Rose Emery
As an expat in Prague it is sometimes hard to figure out the Czech system, particularly when it comes to kids’ activities. My son has a passion for hockey. But the Czech kids hockey practice is during school hours. So we were faced with the question, “How do we support these kids love of hockey and get them practice and ice time?”
UPDATED: At this time of the year many are inundated with after school or weekend courses for kids. So are there any courses in English? Yes, and the list of activities continue to grow covering artistic, sporting and academic classes for school aged children to toddler and baby classes. Locations are all over Prague, here are just some of the ones that I know personally or are used regularly by expat and billingual families.
I thought I will share with you this tip because many foreigners have asked me about this custom that is hugely popular in the Czech rep. The mushroom season usually begins in May and culminates in early November with the later part of Summer and early Autumn being prime picking season. So you still have a chance to spend a refreshing time in the forest being rewarded by full basket of mushrooms. We went last week and our kids are still talking about it.