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. During this month, the average temperature for the city begins at 1°C, created by highs of 3°C during the daytime and lows of -1°C after dark. This drops down to -1°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 1°C during the daytime and lows of -3°C after dark, making the first week of the month the best time to visit if yo...
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. During this month, the average temperature for the city begins at 1°C, created by highs of 3°C during the daytime and lows of -1°C after dark. This drops down to -1°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 1°C during the daytime and lows of -3°C after dark, making the first week of the month the best time to visit if you want to experience Prague when temperatures are warmest.
Although, it only happens once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 9°C and fall below -11°C in Prague in December. The highest temperature ever recorded in the city at this time of year is 19°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered here during this month is -20°C.
Over the course of an average December, the length of the day in Prague is essentially constant, with a small difference of 20 minutes between the start and the end of the month. December 1st is the longest day of the month with 8:23 hours of daylight, whilst December 21st is the shortest day of the month with 8:03 hours of daylight.
At this time of year, Prague enjoys an average of four hours of sunshine every day – that's the same as in November – along with median cloud coverage of 91% (mostly cloudy) which hardly varies at all. Cloud coverage starts off at 91% on December 1st and drops down to 90% by December 31st. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 19% of the time, partly cloudy 16% and mostly cloudy/overcast 61%.
The average monthly precipitation for Prague in December is 20mm/1 inch – that's 1/3 less than the previous month – which is spread out between 12 rainy days and 11 snowy days. The probability of snowfall making an appearance during this month averages at 69% and hardly varies at all. December 1st is the day which is least likely to see rainfall, when it falls on 68% of days, whilst December 15th is the day most likely to see rainfall, when it falls on 71% of days.
The likelihood of snowfall making an appearance at this time of year averages at 36% and increases as the month develops. December 1st is the least likely day to see snow, when it falls on 30% of days, whilst December 31st is the most likely day to see snow, when it falls on 42% of days. This makes the final week of December the best time to visit the city if you want to catch the snow.
The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see during your December holiday in Prague are moderate snow (which falls on 42% of days with snowfall), moderate rain (30%) and light rain (10%).
With temperatures as cold as these, you'll need to pack an abundance of winter clothing – including thick coats, scarves, gloves and hats – to make sure you stay warm during your holiday in Prague. If you hate cold temperatures and want to visit Prague when the city is warmest, forget about gong in December and plan your holiday for August instead, when the city enjoys its highest temperatures.
At 81% – that's lower than the previous month – the average humidity for Prague in December is still high when you compare it to the drier summer months, such as June and July. During this month, the relative humidity for the city varies between 77% (humid) and 96% (very humid) rarely falling below 64% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is most often at its driest around December 26th, when the relative humidity falls below 85% (humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around December 1st, when it rises above 93% (very humid) three days out of four.
Across the month, typical wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely rising above 14 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around December 26th, , when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around December 1st, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s (moderate breeze).
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 Příkopě, 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 Černý, 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.
December events in Prague
Christmas Markets in Prague
1st December 2019 to 25th December 2019
Head to the Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square where you can find a number of local handicrafts, glassware, candles, jewellery, embroidery, Christmas decorations and clothes for sale in traditional wooden huts. Plus, if you're feeling a little bit hungry there are a number of stalls selling delicious roast chestnuts, pastries, piping hot sausages, hot mulled wine and Czech beer.
Ice Rink in the Old Town
1st December 2019 to 1st January 2020
The open-air ice rink located in the Old Town in the centre of Prague is open throughout December and January. The rink can be found behind the Estates Theatre and is a welcome break after a hard day of shopping. Plus, the rink has completely free admission!
5th December 2019
On the eve of December 5th expect to see adults and children dress up as a trio of St. Nicholas, either a bishop, devil or angel, roaming throughout the streets of Prague.
24th December 2019
Christmas Eve is celebrated as a public holiday in the Czech Republic. In Prague many locals tourists head to the Christmas markets to pick up some last minute presents or spend the day relaxing at home with family and friends. It is estimated that more than 10% of the population in the Czech Republic is Roman Catholic so many people on this day will attend midnight mass. St. Vitus Cathedral holds a traditional midnight mass every year.
25th December 2019
Many people will attend church on this day and relax with friends and family whilst enjoying a traditional Czech meal. Dinner is traditionally served after sunset and consists of carp or fish soup. After dinner, it is traditional for families to sing Christmas carols and then open presents under the Christmas tree.
New Year's Eve
31st December 2019
Just like many other major cities across the globe Prague hosts its own spectacular fireworks show. For the best views head to either the Old Square or Wenceslas Square.