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Christmas Carols in Prague

Nothing says Christmas magic like large groups of people gathered in the streets to sing Christmas carols.  I had never experienced anything like the beauty of the voices of Prague!

Before starting my Christmas trip to one of Europe’s most romantic cities, I of course did my research.  I knew that there would be Christmas carols under the Charles Bridge and classical music Christmas concerts in the church – I never expected anything like the crowds on the street!  I never expected the experience either, and it was such an amazing experience to be a part of.  People came from all directions to join in – the locals bringing their own sheet music, many in books that were bound and worn from what could only be a strong tradition of carolling!  Kids were running around, excitement in their faces as they squeezed their way to the front.  Behind the crowds, a nativity scene was set up in the square.

The sense of the festive season was moving.  There were kids running around, vendors selling hot mulled wine on the street, and crowds so thick you couldn’t move!  The stairs and all along Charles Bridge was packed with people.  While I couldn’t sing along – after all, I don’t speak Czech – it was captivating to be a part of it all.

The Czech Republic has a tradition of carolling.  Historically, groups of people used to go carolling during severe winter periods as a means of improving their situation.  These groups often comprised of children, shepherds, school masters etc…  Affluent farmers would present them with gifts of food.  Today, carolling is a form of socializing, a coming together to sing traditional songs about the rebirth of hope and light, revitalizing the nostalgia of days gone by at such a festive time of year.  The atmosphere under the Charles Bridge, and all over the city of Prague was, in a word – Christmas!

When the carols were over, people brought out sparklers and tea light candles and wished each other happy holidays.  One woman passed a bag of candles through the crowd – it was such a kind and genuine gesture – I was thrilled to be able to be a part of it all!

Should you find yourself in Prague at Christmas, there are outbreaks of Christmas carols around the Charles Bridge – go on down and enjoy!

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About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


14 thoughts on “Christmas Carols in Prague

  1. What a beautiful start to Christmas. The atmosphere must have been incredible with everyone singing and wishing each other Christmas wishes. All that seems to be missing is lightly falling snow!

    Posted by jenny@atasteoftravel | December 27, 2011, 9:19 am
  2. Lovely – I wish we could see more of that here…

    Posted by readytochangenow | December 27, 2011, 9:28 am
  3. this is SO NEAT!!!! it makes me think of all the singing at the end of the Grinch story! haha. but so very fantastic!! what an experience. happy holidays!

    Posted by thatgirlwhit | December 27, 2011, 9:42 am
  4. Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog.

    Posted by M. Bowen | December 27, 2011, 12:19 pm
  5. Great shots of the celebration!

    Posted by PC PHOTO | December 27, 2011, 8:10 pm
  6. Beautiful! That is an amazing city! I love Christmas in Europe 🙂

    Posted by Maia | December 28, 2011, 11:00 am
  7. I’m sure Prague would be lovely at Christmas time. We were there in the summer for a few days last year. We took in 1 of the many classical (baroque actually) concerts at Municipal Hall. I would also recommend going to Cesky Krumlov, about 160 km west of Prague. Enough trains run to there. It’s a preserved medieval & rennaissance town.

    My partner is of German descent and still has relatives in southern Germany.

    His mother loved to celebrate Christmas and would incorporate the German Christmasy traditions (that have become commercialized elsewhere): fresh cut evergreen boughs for the house, her lovely home baked German cookies which lasted for weeks (traditional techniques), her home-made multi-layered tortes, etc.

    As some may know the Christmas tree originated from Germany. He even remembers as a child real flame candles on live Christmas tree at home in Canada!

    Posted by Jean | December 30, 2011, 11:04 am


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