Prague Weather December Averages, Czech Republic
What's the weather like in Prague in December?
After January, December is usually one of the coldest months of the year for Prague, Czech Republic. But it's a magical time of year to visit as this Gothic, Baroque city looks enchanting in the frosty, festive conditions.
What's Prague like at Christmas?
Prague looks like a fairytale in wintery weather and at the end of December, you have a 42% of some snow. In 2018 Christmas Day was a crisp 2°C and sunny, and in 2017 and 2016 it was 3°C and 5°C respectively, but cloudy both times.
Does it Snow in Prague at Christmas?
The average monthly precipitation for Prague in December is 20mm, spread out between 12 rainy days and 11 snowy days. The likelihood of seeing snow is at 69% and increases as the month develops. This makes the final week in December your best bet if you want to see a white Christmas in this elegant city,
Record December Temperatures in Prague
The highest temperature recorded in the city in December is 19°C, and the coldest here in December is an eye-watering -20°C.
Prague has an average of just one hour of sunshine every day.
The most common forms of precipitation in December are moderate snow (which falls on 42% of days with snowfall), followed by moderate and light rain.
Typical December wind speeds range between light and moderate breezes.
Prague Hotels for Decemeber
King Charles Residence
Located directly under the Vysehrad Wall, King Charles Residence is just a ten minute tram ride away from Wenceslas Square where you'll find a plethora of historical attractions, bars, restaurants and shops. The hotel is set inside a historic building dating back to 1913 and provides accommodation in the form of 33 standard, superior and honeymoon rooms. Each guestroom comes with free high-speed WiFi access, a TV with premium channels, tea/coffee making facilities and marble bathrooms with a bath or shower. The superior rooms are larger and can sleep up to three guests, whilst the honeymoon suites come with a choice of four-poster or king-size beds. Room rates include a hot breakfast buffet each day at the hotel's restaurant. Onsite services and facilities include underground garage parking, free WiFi access throughout the hotel and rooms, free city map and excursion booking.
For a hotel with more amenities and services, try Pachtuv Palace. Boasting historical interior design complete with vaulted chapel ceilings and antique wooden beams, this hotel is located on the right bank of the Vltava River, close to Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. Here guests can choose from deluxe rooms, junior suites, deluxe suites, two-bedroom suites and executive suites, each of which comes with complimentary bathrobes and slippers, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi access, laptop-sized safe and satellite TV. Each suite also features separate sleeping and sitting areas, DVD player and private butler upon request. Onsite you'll find Restaurant Amade Prague which serves seasonal Czech and international cuisine, 60- and 90-minute massages, fitness centre, free WiFi access throughout and 24-hour room service.
Clarion Hotel Prague City
Clarion Hotel Prague City is a top pick when it comes to affordable accommodation in Prague. This four-star hotel is found in the centre of the city, just 600m from Wenceslas Square and 200m away from the closest Metro station. Accommodation is provided in the form of superior single, double, twin and accessible rooms, each of which comes with free WiFi access, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, bathroom with full bath and one free child place per paying adult. Within the hotel you'll find free WiFi access throughout, florist services, in-room Thai massages, a hair salon, free breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, room service and secure parking nearby. Thanks to its central location, you'll also find a plethora of cafes, bakeries, bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets in the local area.
Friday Hotel Prague
Friday Hotel Prague is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of Prague, at the main pedestrian zone of Na Píkop, making it ideally positioned for shopping and dining. Here guests can choose between double/twin classic rooms, double/twin modern rooms, superior double rooms and royal rooms. Each guestroom comes complete with free WiFi access, LCD TV and in-room safe, whilst superior and royal rooms also feature a double Jacuzzi bath. Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access throughout, complimentary tea and coffee 24-hours in the breakfast room, free daily breakfast and parking nearby. There is a greater selection of cafes, bars and restaurants just a one minute walk away in Wenceslas Square.
Bars and Restaurants
For modern cuisine and quality wines in contemporary surroundings, it's got to be Grand Cru. Open Monday-Saturday from 11.30am until 3pm for lunch and from 6pm until 11pm for dinner, this restaurant specialises in innovative international cuisine and offers an a la carte lunch, an a la carte dinner and six-course tasting menus. The a la carte menus feature European dishes with a French influence and include meals such as, marinated pheasant breast, milk-fed piglet cassoulet and pigeon breast. The wine menu is one of the most comprehensive in Prague and features over 1,000 red, white, rosé and sparkling wines, plus champagnes, from around the world.
Basilico Pizzeria & Ristorante
If you're in the mood for Italian food, pop into Basilico Pizzeria & Ristorante. Open daily from 11am until 11pm, this restaurant is run by a finalist from a TV chef competition programme in Prague and serves a wealth of Italian delicacies, from soups, pastas and risottos to pizzas, calzones and salads. In addition to the reasonably-priced main menu, Basilico Pizzeria & Ristorante also has daily offers between 11am and 3pm with single dishes and a la carte menus priced even lower than normal. The varied drinks menu is comprised of soft drinks, juices, teas, coffees, spirits, cocktails, beers and wines from the Czech Republic and Italy.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11.30am until 10pm, the Tavern offers an American steakhouse-style menu, with a selection of burgers, veggie burgers, loaded fries and pulled pork dishes served up alongside classic sides such as chips, caramelised onions, bacon and a choice of homemade sauces. The drinks menu is also similar to what you'd expect from an American steakhouse, with speciality cocktails including house special Russians and margaritas, non-alcoholic cocktails, party shots, spirits, beers and wines. Although seating is limited, the Tavern only accepts reservations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Things to do in Prague in December
If you're searching for somewhere that sells unique souvenirs and presents for friends and family back home, look no further than Ogivi. This small gift shop sells a huge selection of scented candles which come in a variety of designs, all of which are on display so you can find out first hand exactly what each one smells like. All the candles here are not sold anywhere else, they're made with essential oils and designed in an eco-friendly way with high-quality natural waxes. In addition to the candles, Ogivi also sells a small selection of incense-style home fragrances.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Prague, spend an afternoon at Kampa Park. Despite the cold temperatures, December is one of the best months to visit this park, when small kiosks are opened up at the foot of Charles Bridge selling hot cider and fires are lit to keep visitors warm. Here you'll also find several artisan shops selling artwork and ceramics created by local artists, the John Lennon Wall, Lock Bridge laden with couples' padlocks, the giant baby sculptures created by David erný, the Monument to the Victims of Communism and small cafes serving local cuisine.
Spend an evening at King's Casino if the weather is too cold to venture outside. Located within the Corinthia Hotel, this casino offers a wealth of games, including American Roulette, Blackjack, King's Poker, Punto Blanco and slot machines. You can buy your betting chips in batches throughout the night or sign up for one of the packages which include betting chips, snacks and wine for one set price. Free onsite parking is available for all players and drinks are available inside.
Gallery of Functional and Fine Art
Art lovers won't want to miss the chance to visit the Gallery of Functional and Fine Art during their holiday in Prague. This art gallery is the project of a leading Czech glass artist who specialises in functional art using cast-iron and glass. The local artist uses this space to exhibit his work and the work of others, as well as organising talks led by other local artists, creative workshops and other artistic events. Some of the previous exhibitions have included The Dinner of the Gods, The Nests, The Curves and Corners, The Carnivore Plants, The Manto Furniture and The Beautiful Gifts. The workshops are ideal for creative travellers and allow you to create your own piece of glass artwork which you can take home with you.