Prague spends heavily on holiday decorations

The city and the districts each have big budgets for lights and trees

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, the city and the various districts of Prague are putting up their lights.

The city this year will pay about Kč 1.8 million for street decorations. The capital provides lighting for places such as at City Hall on Mariánské náměstí, along the waterfront at Masarykovo, Smetanovo and Dvořákovo nábřeží, on Wenceslas Square and on Pařížská Street.

The funds do not go toward lights or entertainment at the main holiday markets, which are privately operated.

The individual city districts also pay for decorations, usually in the area of Kč 200,000 to Kč 300,000.

Most parts of the city won’t vary much from what they did last year.

The highest sum, about Kč 1.5 million, will be paid Prague 8, which includes Karlin, Libeň, Troja, Kobylisy, Bohnice and other areas.

This will include 300 light fixtures, four Christmas trees and their lighting ceremonies, and an entertainment program on the third Advent Sunday.

Prague 3 will pay about Kč 500,000 for lights and decorations, and have three Christmas trees. New for this year, part of the streets Jana Želivského and Jičínská will be decorated.

Prague 7 will have two trees, in Strossmayerovo náměstí and Ortenovo náměstí. The district will pay Kč 290,000 for lights and Kč 127,000 for the purchase and removal of trees. Children can participate in decorating the lower levels of the trees with homemade ornaments.

The Prague 12 Town Hall this year had to spend Kč 255,000 due to unexpected circumstances. Trees in Komořany and Točná that were previously decorated had to be replaced with new fir trees.

Prague 4 will have 10 Christmas trees.

The Grinch award does to Prague 13, which is spending just Kč 25,000. This will cover decorations at the Town Hall and Christmas trees at Šostakovičovo náměstí and the marketplace at Luka.

Lights have already been put in most locations, and installation should be finished next week. Lights stay up in most places until the Three Kings celebration on Jan. 6, 2019.

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