Czechs gearing up for boisterous end-of-year celebrations
Prague is gearing up for end-of-year celebrations, with thousands of people expected to join the annual mega-party on Wenceslas Square. Also, with 180,000 tourists about to descend on the Czech capital hotels and restaurants are stocking up on champagne and preparing gourmet menus for the big night.
In Prague the main open air-party will traditionally take place on Wenceslas Square which will host a mega concert, starting in the late afternoon with a magician’s show for children, and will be followed by a medley of Czech bands and musicians ending well past midnight. The square will be closed to traffic as of midday that day, and police and paramedics will be out in force to deal with any emergencies.
Thousands of Czechs traditionally head for the mountains to see the New Year in, and ski resorts are fully booked as usual despite the lack of snow. Many people see the year in at their country cottages and some 300,000 Czechs have booked foreign holidays in other European capitals or at exotic holiday locations. In Europe, France tops the list this year as the number one destination for Czech end-of-year holiday makers, followed by Austria and Italy.
This year there is reportedly a marked increase of tourists from South Korea and Greece. Apart from live bands, dancing and special performances at the city’s five star restaurants, people can book a New Year’s cruise on a river boat on the Vltava for a party, dancing on deck and a toast at midnight near Prague’s famous Charles Bridge.