Holiday Performances, Exhibitions & Hands-On Fun

Christmas holiday activities for kids in the Czech Republic

With the excitement of the upcoming season, it’s likely that your children are impatient about waiting for holiday fun to begin. Surviving the days leading up to Christmas and the subsequent winter school holidays can be a challenge for both parents and children. If you’re struggling to find ways to divert your children’s attention from the month-long wait for Ježíšek, Santa Claus (or whomever brings your family’s holiday treats), we’ve compiled a few tips for family fun (in or near Prague) that might help keep visions of sugarplums, St. Nick, angels and devils out of your children’s heads, at least for a little while.

From watching Alice in Wonderland performed by kids to witnessing an authentic Czech St. Nicholas tradition on stage, visiting a nativity scene made from butter, taking a night tour of the Prague zoo or making home-made candles for holiday gifts, we hope our list has something that you and your children can enjoy.

Alice in Wonderland Performance

See Alice and her ensemble of entertaining friends in an English-language performance put on by children in the Story Theatre performing group and directed by Leah Gaffen and Jay DeYonker (an actor in the Prague Shakespeare Theater). The performance includes movement, music and several short films using puppets that the children made. In this unique interpretation, expect to see three different Alices going down the rabbit hole, providing a literal presentation of the "ever-changing" Alice, as well as a cast of children working as an ensemble to create a rabbit hole and a caterpillar. This is the fourth show by Story Theatre, an ensemble of bilingual children founded four years ago.

Treat your family to an afternoon of light-hearted entertainment and see children from Prague’s multilingual community in action. The show runs approximately 40 minutes.

When: December 5 at 14:00 & 16:30 & December 12 at 13:00 & 15:30
Where: Kolowrat Palace (Prague Shakespeare Company’s Theater)
Ticket Cost: 80 CZK
Contact: Email [email protected] or sms Mary Keane at +420 724 084 983 to reserve tickets.

Krtek (Little Mole) and His Fairytale World - An Exhibition by Katherine Miler

Visit Zdeněk Miler ’s famous Little Mole character in an exhibition put on by Miler’s daughter Katherine Miler, an artist and illustrator in her own right. See Little Mole, Mrs. Mole and their animal friends (including Rabbit, Hedgehog and others) in a collection that includes well-known fairytales, previously unseen illustrations and the latest story created by Katherine Miler after her father’s death.

Get a first look at the father-daughter collaboration “Krtek a paraplíčko” (Little Mole and Umbrella), which the pair created during Miler’s emigration in the 1980s. Enjoy K. Miler’s“Krtek na návštěvě” (Little Mole on a Visit) and learn how Little Mole meets his friend Mrs. Mole for the first time.

The Little Mole exhibition is designed especially for children, their accompanying parents and grandparents. Within the exhibition, there are also illustrations the famous Czech comic character Blue Bear. If you are interested in Czech illustration and animation, this is a great place to learn more about the Little Mole’s ongoing legacy.

When: December 11, 2015 – January 31, 2016, Tuesdays – Sundays from 13:00 – 18:00
Holiday Hours: December 21, 2015 – January 1, 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday)
Where: Gallery Portheimka, Štefánikova 12, Prague 5
Ticket cost: 30 CZK, preschool aged children are free

A Nativity Scene made from Butter in Máslovice

Throughout the Czech Republic, you will see elaborate nativity scenes, which the Czechs call “Betlémy.” While all different types of materials are used to create the nativities, including ceramics, wood, metal and papier-mâché, one of the most unusual variations is a nativity scene made exclusively from butter.

Crafted annually in the town of Máslovice (the name of the town comes from “máslo” or butter in Czech), a small village located 18 kilometers from Prague’s north side, the nativity scene is handmade by locals and changes slightly each year.

The nativity scene is exhibited in the town’s Museum of Butter, which is the only museum of its kind in Central Europe. The museum is open year-round and the nativity scene is on display for two months.

When: November 29 – January 31, 2016 10- 17:00
Open: Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 to 16:00
Holiday Hours: December 21 – 31, 2015 from 10:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 to 16:00
Cost: 30 CZK, Children: 20 CZK, Family Rate: 80 CZK
How to get there: Bus 374 from metro Kobylisy
For more details:

A Night at the Zoo

If you've got a child who's an animal lover and curious to see what animals do at night when the zoo is closed, now's the right time. During the month of December, visitors are invited to attend special night tours of the upper part of Prague’s zoo. The night walks are led by a zoo guide who will tell visitors more about the animals seen as well as answer questions. Space must be reserved in advance as capacity is limited and preference is given to children on the December 4 tour.

When: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2015 from 17:00 – 18:30 at zoo’s main entrance
Cost:250 CZK adults, 160 CZK children (includes zoo visit, guided walk & parking)
For reservations call +420 296 112 230.

Noah's Ark at Prague's Natural History Museum

If you can’t book a spot for the zoo tour, consider visiting Prague’s National Natural History Museum downtown during the holidays to see the permanent Noah’s Ark animal exhibition on display at their new location on Vinohradská 1.

See an array of rare and exotic animals preserved by taxidermy (some specimens are many decades old) on display. The exhibition focuses on education, preservation and conservation. For animal lovers, young and old, as well as budding scientists, it is chance to see how animal species looked in the past and a chance to learn how to best care for the Earth and its animals in the future. Guided tours are available for individuals or school groups. Stop at the museum’s cafe for lunch or a coffee.

Regular Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Holiday Hours: December 13 from 13:00 – 17:00 guided tours only in Czech with limited capacity
December 24, 2015 – open 10 AM–2PM
December 25, 2015 – open 10 AM–5PM
December 26, 2015 – open 10 AM–5PM
December 31, 2015 – open 10 AM–3PM
Where: Vinohradská 1, Prague 1
Cost: 100 CZK, 70 CZK Reduced, Family 170 CZK, children up to 6 free

Christmas Festival for Children at Divadlo ABC & Divadlo Rokoko

If your children would enjoy seeing holiday performances performed in the Czech language, visit Prague’s ABC & Rokoko Theaters for the theaters' fifth annual Christmas Festival.

In addition to four Christmas theater performances (see below for details), expect an afternoon of family-friendly festive activities, including a visit from St. Nicholas, letters for Ježíšek, a crafts workshop and a Christmas market with goods and sweets to sample. Excluding the individual theater performances, the Christmas festival program is free of charge but adults must attend with their children. For bilingual/multilingual children who’d like a taste of Czech holiday culture and traditions, this event could be ideal.

Performances by talented Czech and Slovak artisans include Divadlo loutek (Ostrava), Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre, Divadlo Drak (Hradec Králové) a Městská divadla pražská (Prague City Theater).

Where: ABC Theater & Theater Rokoko, Vodičkova 28
When: December 5, 2015 (afternoon)
Christmas Festival in ABC Theater (open to public 16:30-19:00)
St. Nicholas visits at 16:30 & 18:00

Theater Program:
13:00 Štědrý den malého Jakuba (Divadlo loutek Ostrava) – Divadlo Rokoko
15:00 Vianočná spomienka (Divadlo Andreja Bagara v Nitre) – Divadlo ABC
17:00 Hej, mistře! (Divadlo Drak Hradec Králové) – Divadlo Rokoko
19:00 České Vánoce (Městská divadla pražská) – Divadlo ABC

Ticket Reservation:
Cost: 90 ZK – 200 CZK (depending on performance)

Holiday Musicals & Ballet at Prague’s Hybernia Theater

During the month of December, the Hybernia Theater offers a selection of holiday theater performances for children including a musical based on H.C. Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” a ballet featuring “The Best of Swan Lake” and an interpretation of the musical “Mary Poppins.” There is also a Christmas show in Czech with the mischievous Czech puppet pair “Jů and Hele” on December 13. See the theater website for details and ticket booking for specific performances.

Come back to Prague’s Hybernia Theater in January to watch the Twelfth International “Winter Fairytales” 2016 Children & Youth Talent Festival showcasing hundreds of school age talents in the genres of singing, music and dance. The festival is under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and competitors are chosen from a variety of different countries. The performers will present their routines to a panel of competition judges during the day on January 8. Selected acts will perform for the general public in an evening gala concert starting at 17:00.

When: January 8, 2016 17:00 – 19:00
Where: Hybernia Theater, Hybernská 4, Praha 1

Rodas Candle Making Factory (and petting zoo) in Šestajovice (near Prague)

If you’re looking for a hands-on holiday experience, take your family for a day trip to the Rodas Candle Factory to create your own Christmas gifts. A family-run business producing candles since 1990 with an emphasis on natural production, today Rodas has expanded its offering to include soaps, cosmetics, wax crayons and chocolates. The company has also grown to several locations in the Czech Republic.

The Šestajovice village location is accessible by bus from Cerny Most. Here Rodas offers hands-on experiences for children (with special offers for school groups) to create their own wax-dipped or scented candles in various shapes, colors and sizes. The wax dipping process is safe and easy even for small children. The basic wax candles cost between 15 – 70 CZK. Take a tour of the candle-making operation or tour the newly opened chocolate-making factory (open to public on the weekends) to see behind-the-scenes production. Try the company's three-sided wax crayons or sample a piece of chocolate.

At the Šestajovice location, there is a petting-zoo open year-round with Shetland ponies, miniature sheep and goats, miniature pigs, pheasants and other traditional farm animals.

Where: Na Balkáně 211, Na Balkáně 175, 250 92 Šestajovice
Take bus 303 from Černý Most to the Šestajovice village, stop Na Balkáně
When: Candle making is open to the public every Monday – Friday 14:00 – 18:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Cost: Tours are free of charge

Christmas Carols in the Old Town

Join Prague’s international and bilingual community for their annual evening of Christmas Carols at St. Clement’s Church in downtown Prague. Don’t miss the opportunity to sing your favorite traditional carols in English with a few Czech ones thrown into the mix. The event is hosted by the Anglican Church but is ecumenical in nature. It is especially geared toward Prague’s English-speaking and bilingual children. In the spirit of Good King Wenceslas, a donation of 200 CZK per family will be taken at the door as the event’s annual UNICEF donation. Light refreshments will be served afterward.
Where: St. Clement’s Church, Klementska 5, Prague 1 
When: Friday December 11 at 17:00  

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