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ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2016

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38101 Český Krumlov
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Location: Český Krumlov
Type: Highlights 2016 - Archive



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When winter comes, Český Krumlov shows a completely different face. A face filled with peace and poetry.
The Advent season is a time of cheerful gatherings, starting with the lifting of the Christmas tree, carols, treats given to children on St. Nicholas' Eve and letters written by children to Baby Jesus. The festive time before Christmas culminates with a living Nativity scene that tells the biblical story through singing, dancing and plentiful music accompaniment. On Advent weekends visitors can enjoy the old Bohemian Christmas fair offering punch and traditional Christmas cookies, the delicious scent of which spreads throughout the town each day and evokes a festive feeling in everyone. Families with children can enjoy themselves on Christmas Eve at a gathering in the first castle courtyard and celebrate Christmaswith the Krumlov bears. Celebrations welcoming the New Year in Český Krumlov also offer one-of-a-kind magical and poetic moments.



ADVENT MARKET

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25.11.2016 - 06.01.2017   (Fr-Sa) 10:00 - 20:00
25.11.2016 - 06.01.2017   (Su) 10:00 - 19:00
25.11.2016 - 06.01.2017   (Mo-Th) 11:00 - 18:00

Christmas Market in Český Krumlov Christmas Market in Český Krumlov

A varied gastronomy offering, Christmas-themed products and traditional handicrafts.

Daily: MON – FRI 11 am – 6 pm; FRI and SAT 10 am – 8 pm, SUN 10 am – 7 pm.

26 November – 25 December 2016
During the Advent Market you can visit animals from the Nature Center Pepíno (Friday – Sunday only).

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




THE THREE KINGS

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06.01.2017   (Fr) 16:30

Three Kings

ARRIVAL OF THE THREE KINGS
THREE KINGS CASH COLLECTION OF THE CZECH CATHOLIC CHARITY
PUTTING OUT THE LIGHTS ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE – a small gathering to conclude our Advent

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS WOODEN RAFT CRUISE

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26.11.2016 - 06.01.2017   (Mo-Su) 13:00 - 18:00

Advent and Christmas cruises

Special wooden rafting with warm drink (Christmas punch, mulled wine, hot cherry brandy, tee…), included in the price.

In winter time clients have blankets for getting warm.

Duration is shortened (about 30 min).

Cruises: 1pm - 6pm every 30 minutes

Price: 350,- CZK / pers. (Children under 12 years 50% discount, children under 5 years free)

Cruises made to order: price 3.500 CZK / raft (max. 12 pers.)

Contact:
tel.: 605 218 018
email: info@voroplavba.cz




REGIONAL MUSEUM ČESKÝ KRUMLOV - exhibitions, ...

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25.11.2016 - 08.01.2017   (Mo-Su) 09:00 - 17:00

Exhibition Adolf Born

Daily TUE – SUN, 9 am – 12 pm; 12.30 – 5 pm
Free entry in the following days: 27 November, 11 December, 26 December (12 – 5 pm), 31 December, 8 January 2017.
Closed: 24 – 25 December, 1 – 2 January 2017

Current exhibitions:
ADOLF BORN or THE ORIGINS OF A POSTAL STAMP
SILVER SCREEN STARS




1ST ADVENT WEEKEND - FESTIVE OPENING OF THE ADVENT MARKET

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26.11.2016   (Sa) 14:00

Advent a Vánoce

2 pm FESTIVE OPENING OF THE ADVENT MARKET

2.30 pm House of Children and Youth Český Krumlov – presentation of groups and bands

3.30 pm Music band “NÁDRŽ” (Elementary School Za Nádražím)

4 pm LAYLA – rock band

5.30 pm “THE FELLAS” – energy-filled concert

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




1ST ADVENT SUNDAY - MUSIC- AND POETRY-FILLED ADVENT OPENING AND LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

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27.11.2016   (Su) 16:30

Opening of Advent Advent Spiral

4.30 pm MUSIC- AND POETRY-FILLED ADVENT OPENING AND LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Performing: Medvíďata singing choir

Prelature courtyard, Český Krumlov
6 pm OPENING OF THE ADVENT WITH A LIVING LIGHT – AN ADVENT SPIRAL

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




2ND ADVENT SATURDAY - TV ŠLÁGR – SINGING UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE

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03.12.2016   (Sa) 16:30

4.30 pm TV ŠLÁGR – SINGING UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




2ND ADVENT SUNDAY - ST. NICHOLAS PRESENT DISTRIBUTION

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04.12.2016   (Su) 16:30

St. Nicholas present distribution

4.30 pm Devilish games with an angelic assistance and the arrival of St. Nicholas

Performing: Rybníkáři band, town citizens, members of Českokrumlovská scéna

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




3RD ADVENT SATURDAY - POSTAL OFFICE OF THE BABY JESUS AND ARRIVAL OF THE WHITE LADY

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10.12.2016   (Sa) 15:00

Baby Jesus postal office

3 – 4.30 pm POSTAL OFFICE OF THE BABY JESUS AT ZLATÝ ANDEL

4.30 pm POSTAL OFFICE OF THE BABY JESUS AND ARRIVAL OF THE WHITE LADY

Performing: Kapka, Radek Interholz, town citizens, members of Českokrumlovská scéna

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




3RD ADVENT SUNDAY - JOINT SINGING UNDER THE CHRISTMASS TREE

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11.12.2016   (Su) 16:30

Common singing at Christmas tree

4.30 pm JOINT SINGING UNDER THE CHRISTMASS TREE

Performing: children from local kindergartens and elementary schools and the Krumlov Pipers flute ensemble

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




A NEW YEAR´S CARD FROM THE SEIDELS

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03.12.2016 - 04.12.2016   (Sa-Su)
10.12.2016 - 11.12.2016   (Sa-Su)

An advent-themed photo session at the Museum Photo Studio Seidel

3 – 4 Dec, 10 – 11 Dec
An advent-themed photo session at the Museum Photo Studio Seidel.

Would you like to have a unique New Year’s greeting card? Come have your photo taken at the Museum Photo Studio Seidel. You can pose in front of a period snowy background with a pair of sleighs or skis. Within a week you will receive an e-mail with a black and white photograph in a Belle Époque-themed frame, suitable for printing and online sharing as a New Year’s greeting card. Reservations required! For more information: +420 736 503 871, info@seidel.cz

Photo session with museum tour: regular entry fee + 100 CZK. Photo session without museum tour: 150 CZK

Where: Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, Český Krumlov




BOHEMIA SINGING CAROLS

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14.12.2016   (We) 17:30

Czech republic sings carols

5.30 pm BOHEMIA SINGING CAROLS

Come to sing carols together! At least three same carol songs will be sung simultaneously by thousands of people on Czech and Moravian squares.

Performing: Krumlov bagpipe band and town citizens

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




4TH ADVENT WEEKEND - DOG CHRISTMAS

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16.12.2016   (Fr) 13:00 - 18:00

Dogs´christmas

1 – 6 pm DOG CHRISTMAS

Please accept our invitation to a tour of our dog shelter with Christmas cookie and punch tasting. We thank our visitors in advance for presents to our four-legged guests in the form of food, treats or a financial contribution.

Where: Dog shelter, Kaplická Street, Kaplická 439, Český Krumlov




4TH ADVENT SATURDAY

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17.12.2016   (Sa) 14:00

folklore music group Jitřenka Illustration photo

2 – 2.30 pm ČESKÝ KRUMLOV ARTISTIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – an accordion quartet

2.30 – 3 pm JITŘENKA – local folklore ensemble

3 – 4 pm “KOŤATA” singing choir – Elementary School Velešín

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




4TH ADVENT SUNDAY - BRINGING YOU THE SONGS

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18.12.2016   (Su) 16:30

Evening with Krumlov music bands

4.30 pm BRINGING YOU THE SONGS
Musicians of Krumlov will bring musical gifts and as usual sing the Silent Night along with viewers of all nationalities

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




Live music in Monasteries of Český Krumlov

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26.11.2016   (Sa) 14:00
03.12.2016   (Sa) 18:00
10.12.2016   (Sa) 18:30
17.12.2016   (Sa)

Lakomá Barka Perchta Ondřej Macek

26 November Monastery courtyard
2 pm LAKOMÁ BARKA – local folk band

3 December Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary
6 pm INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PRAGUE – a concert of Old English Advent songs (entry fee applies)

10 December Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary
6.30 pm ADVENT CONCERT OF THE MIXED SINGING CHOIR PERCHTA and guests (entry fee applies)

17 December Monastery courtyard
2 pm KAPKA – local folk band

17 December Oratory of the Baroque Culture Centre
5 pm ADVENT CONCERT – part of the cycle “Baroque Music at St. Clare´s Convent” (entry fee applies)




ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

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10.12.2016   (Sa) 18:00
11.12.2016   (Su) 18:30
14.12.2016   (We) 18:30
16.12.2016   (Fr) 17:00
17.12.2016   (Sa) 19:00
25.12.2016   (Su) 17:00
26.12.2016   (Mo) 19:30
28.12.2016   (We) 18:00

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11 December Egon Schiele Art Centre, Renaissance Hall
6.30 pm TRADITIONAL ADVENT CONCERT OF THE KRUMLOV CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (entry fee applies)

16 December Jesuit Hall of Hotel Růže
5 pm ADVENT CONCERT OF FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE JITŘENKA

17 December Castle Riding Hall
7 pm CONCERT WITH THE CHRISTMAS MASS OF JAN JAKUB RYBA “HEY MASTER!” – Český Krumlov String Orchestra and guests (entry fee applies)

25 December R-galerie, Dlouhá Street 30
5 pm KAPKA – traditional Christmas concert of this local folk band

26 December St. Vitus´ Church
7.30 pm CHRISTMAS SPIRITUAL MUSIC CONCERT
Performing: Mixed singing choir Perchta and Krumlov Chamber Orchestra (entry fee applies)

28 December Prokyš Hall, Prelature Český Krumlov
6 pm CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Performing: vocal and instrumental ensemble CHAIRE and singing choir BELLARIA (entry fee applies)

10 December ČESKÝ KRUMLOV SYNAGOGUE, Za Soudem Street 282
6 pm LAKOMÁ BARKA – new CD christening (voluntary entry fee)

14 December Vlašský dvůr (The Italian Courtyard), Dlouhá Street 32
6.30 pm GABRIELA BEŇAČKOVÁ and LUBOMÍR BRABEC (entry fee applies)

17 December ČESKÝ KRUMLOV SYNAGOGUE, Za Soudem Street 282
7 pm ROBERT KŘESŤAN & DRUHÁ TRÁVA (entry fee applies)




LIVE BETHLEHEM

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23.12.2016   (Fr) 16:15
23.12.2016   (Fr) 18:30

Live Bethlehem

4.15 and 6.30 pm A live Biblical image with Christmas carol singing

Performing: local ensembles and town citizens

Where: II. Castle courtyard, Český Krumlov




CHRISTMAS FOR THE BEARS

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24.12.2016   (Sa) 10:00

Bear Christmas

10 am CHRISTMAS EVE – CHRISTMAS FOR THE BEARS

Twenty sixth year of this unique event.

Performing: Kapka.

Where: II. Castle courtyard, Český Krumlov




PUB ANIMALS - concert

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27.12.2016   (Tu) 17:00

Pub Animals

5 pm PUB ANIMALS – a performance by this well-known reggae band from Český Krumlov

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




HE BAND - concert

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28.12.2016   (We) 16:30

HE BAND

5 pm HE BAND – legendary South Bohemian reggae and funky band

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




ST. SILVESTER

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31.12.2016   (Sa) 21:30 - 01:30

New Year´s Eve

9.30 – 10.30 pm PAPOUŠKOVO SIROTCI
11 pm – 1.30 am ELEMENT (Rock ´n´ Roll)
New Year´s Eve concerts of local bands

Other New Year´s Eve events taking place in local restaurants are listed on www.ckrumlov.cz/silvestr

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




NEW YEAR´S EVE MENU AND FUN

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31.12.2016   (Sa)

Silvester menu 2016

Enjoy rich gastronomy, local specialities and fun in chosen Krumlov restaurants and hotels.




Photogallery





History and Tradition


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ADVENT

Advent used to be the expectation time prior to the arrival of our Saviour to this world. The word "Advent" comes from the Latin "adventus", meaning arrival. The advent time was actually a preparation time for Christmas holiday and since 11th century this time has been set to the last 4 weeks before the Christmas Eve. It was a time of fasting, a time of spiritual reflection rather than of excessive eating and drinking. All entertainment, dancing and singing were banned. Some folk ceremonies, more or less transgressing this ban, took place nevertheless during the Advent period. Moreover, the liturgical year started on the first Advent Sunday since the Christians based their year count from the birth of Christ. The dark purple colour was a characteristic fasting colour right until the third Advent Sunday, being thereafter replaced by pink, a colour signifying joy. Each of the four Advent Sundays had a folk nickname - iron, bronze, silver and golden. Advent as we know it commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve and lasts between 22 and 28 days, falling on any appropriate Sunday between 27 November and 3 December. Several significant Saints days are celebrated during the Advent period, such as St. Andrew, St. Barbara, St. Nicholas or St. Lucia.

CHRISTMAS

In the Christian tradition, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and belongs to the most significant Christian feasts. Christmas Eve is not yet part of Christian Christmas. This day marks an end to Advent and also to the fasting period. The Christmas Eve dinner is therefore festive, although made of fasting dishes. The ensuing Midnight Mass is in fact a relict of a night mass which originally preceded all important Christian feasts. The Christmas feast begins by the Day of Our Lord's Birth on the 25 December. St. Stephen's Day is celebrated on 26 December. The Epiphany (also known as the Three Kings) is celebrated on 6 January. On this day, so the tradition goes, the wise men of the East have come to pay their respects to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem, bringing him gifts. Later, the wise men were turned by the lore into kings and their number was set to three.

ST. NICHOLAS

The Bishop Nicholas was born on 5 December around the year 250 A.D. in the town of Patara to a religious and wealthy Christian family. Upon his parents' death, he has distributed the majority of his wealth to the poor and needy. In order to escape displays of their gratitude, he escaped on a pilgrimage to Palestine. St. Nicholas is the patron Saint of sailors, fishermen, protector of ferrymen and especially of children.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

The last day of December commemorates the Pope Silvestr I. This much-celebrated feast was originally not bound to any particular traditions. The New Year's Eve Night has gained importance during the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar became established in most Western Christian lands, placing the beginning of the new year on 1 January.




Come and enjoy our town in Christmas time also in 2017


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Christmas market 1st Dec 2017 - 6th Jan 2018

Lighting the Christmas Tree 3th Dec 2017

St. Nicola's day Presents distribution 5th Dec 2017

Singing at the Christmas Tree 10th Dec 2017

Baby Jesus Post 17th Dec 2017

Live Christmas Crib 23rd Dec 2017

Arrival of the Three Kings and switching off the Christmas Tree 6th Jan 2018

Tradition, crafts, concerts, exhibitions and much more...




Schedule of events is subject to change.