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ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2017

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

náměstí Svornosti 2
38101 Český Krumlov
Contact: Infocentrum Český Krumlov

Telephone: +420 380 704 622

E-mail: info@ckrumlov.info

Location: Český Krumlov
Type: Highlights


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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.



CHRISTMAS MARKET

Dates From - To
01.12.2017 - 07.01.2018   (Mo-Su)

Christmasmarket in Český Krumlov

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

Daily from 1. 12. 2017 till 7. 1. 2018

Monday - Thursday: 11am - 6pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday + holiday: 10am - 7pm




BABY JESUS´S POST OFFICE


BABY JESUS´S POST OFFICE

Our traditional Baby Jesus´s Post Office is open to receive children’s letters to Baby Jesus.
The post box for letter will be available from 3 to 10 December on Svornosti Square atop the little bell tower by the Christmas tree.
The Baby Jesus´s Post Office will open on Sunday 10 December at 3 pm at Zlatý Anděl Hotel and the White Lady will pay a visit to our town at 4.30 pm to deliver the children´s letters to Baby Jesus.




HOW TO REACH BETHLEHEM?


Bethlehem in Český Krumlov

You can view nativity scenes in Český Krumlov at the following locations:
► On Svornost Square – a straw-made nativity scene will be installed on the first Advent Sunday 3 December made by Věra Janáková of Vyšný

► Monastery courtyard – a new nativity scene will be revealed on Friday 8 December 2017 made by the professors and pupils of the Secondary Arts School of Holy Agnes of Boheuma

► Historical nativity scene at the St. Vitus Church will be on display from Christmas Day (25 December 2017) until Candlemas (2 February 2018).

► Living Bethlehem you can see on 23 December at the II. Castle Courtyard (at 4:30 and 6:30 pm)




ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS CONCERTS


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► 8.12. - 7:30 pm - Jesuit Hall of Hotel Růže
JITŘENKA – advent concert of local folklore ensemble

► 8.12. - 7:30 pm - Vlašský dvůr, Dlouhá Street 32
VIOLIN RECITAL - LUKÁŠ KUTA
Program: J. S. Bach, Fritz Kreisler, N. Paganini, A. Vitali, E. Ysay
Entry 150 CZK, ticket sale at Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 10.12. - 6:30 pm - Egon Schiele Art Centre
TRADITIONAL ADVENT CONCERT OF THE KRUMLOV CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Entry 200 CZK, ticket sale at Egon Schiele Art Centre

► 12.12. - 7:30 pm - Town Theatre
CHRISTMAS CONCERT RADŮZA
Popular Czech Singer with the band
Entry 360 CZK, ticket sale at Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 13.12. - 7:30 pm - Synagogue, Za Soudem Street 282
DAN BÁRTA & ROBERT BALZAR
Entry 300 CZK, ticket sale at Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 13.12. - 8 pm - Theater Club Ántré, Horní Str. 2
MARTA TÖPFEROVÁ TRIO - popular czech singer with the band
Entry 180 CZK

► 14.12. - 7:30 pm - Vlašský dvůr, Dlouhá Street 32
PIANO RECITAL - FLORIAN NOAH
Entry 200 CZK, ticket sale at Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 15.12. - 7 pm - Castle Riding Hall
ADVENT CONCERT "SONGS FROM BETHLEHEM"
Entry 350 CZK, ticket sale at Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 15.12. - 7:30 pm - Synagoge, Za Soudem Str. 282
ROBERT KŘESŤAN & DRUHÁ TRÁVA
Entry 200 CZK, ticket sale at Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 16.12. - 7 pm - Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary
CHRISTMAS MASS BY JAKUB JAN RYBA “HEY MASTER!” concert – Český Krumlov string orchestra and guests
Entry 100 CZK, ticket sale at Monasteries Český Krumlov

► 17.12. - 6:30 pm - Monasteries Český Krumlov, Oratorio
ADVENT CONCERT OF BAROQUE MUSIC
Entry 100 CZK, ticket sale at the Monasteries Český Krumlov

► 25.12. - 5 pm - R-galerie, Dlouhá Street 30
KAPKA – traditional Christmas concert of local folk band

► 26.12. - 7:30 pm - St. Vitus´ Church
CHRISTMAS SPIRITUAL MUSIC CONCERT
Performing: Mixed singing choir Perchta and Krumlov Chamber Orchestra
Entry 150 CZK, ticket sale at Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 29.12. - 6 pm - Prokyš Hall, Prelature Český Krumlov
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Performing: vocal and instrumental ensemble CHAIRE and singing choir BELLARIA
Entry 140 CZK




ADVENT EXHIBITIONS


.. Photoexhibition of Libor Svacek

► FILM EXHIBITION – ANDĚL PÁNĚ 2 – AT THE MONASTERIES
(28. 10. 2017 – 31. 3. 2018)
This exhibition takes you behind the scenes of the preparation and film shooting of this popular Czech film fairy-tale. You can expect to see different set designs, original film costumes and their drawings, large-format photographs and authentic film props. Props from the tailors workshop and the sweet-smelling patisserie are also included. The exhibition is accessible as part of the Interactive Human Skills Exhibition.


► UNESCO THROUGH THE LENS OF LIBOR SVÁČEK
(1. 12. 2017 – 7. 1. 2018), Municipality of Český Krumlov, Kaplická str. 439
Large-format photograph exhibition by Libor Sváček on the 25th anniversary of listing Český Krumlov on the UNESCO World Heritage list and on the occasion of author´s jubilee.




A NEW YEAR´S CARD FROM THE SEIDELS

Dates From - To
02.12.2017 - 03.12.2017   (Sa-Su)
09.12.2017 - 10.12.2017   (Sa-Su)

Museum Fotoatelier Seidel

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, www.seidel.cz

Photo session with museum tour: regular entry fee + 100 CZK. Photo session without museum tour: 200 CZK




ADVENT WOODEN RAFTING


Wooden rafting Český Krumlov

From 3. 12. 2017 till 6. 1. 2018 regular rides - daily at 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30

Duration: cca 20-25 min

Price: 350 CZK / Preson (Hot refreshment included in the ticket price)
Blanket and thermo pad available.

Starting point: Restaurant Krumlovske Benatky (Dr. Benes Bridge)


Reservation at:
tel.: 605 218 018 ; e-mail: info@voroplavba.cz




2. 12. - 1st ADVENT SUNDAY


Advent market in Český Krumlov Activities in Monastery Illustration photo Activities in Monastery Illustration photo

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE (Main square)
3:30 pm - FESTIVE OPENING OF THE ADVENT MARKET
4:00 pm - TV ŠLÁGR – SINGING UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE

► ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES
● 10 am - 6 pm ● CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Many artisanal workshops will be open on the first Saturday in December as part of the Monastery events schedule. Come in and create a traditional artisanal product together with your children. Apart from creative activities, a number of items created by our Monastery artisans will be available for sale.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 10 am - 6 pm ● ANDĚL PÁNĚ 2 FILM EXHIBITION MARKET
A small market just like in the fairy-tale will be open at the Monastery courtyard as part of the film exhibition. Come taste the Monastery apple strudel, apple mulled wine and hot sausages.

● 11 am - 5 pm ● ANGELIC CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Come to the Monasteries to create angel wings, halos, star tiaras or candle lanterns so you can take part in the Angel procession on 8 December! You can also make various Christmas presents.
Great Hall and Seminary rooms




3. 12. - 1st ADVENT SUNDAY


ADVENT OPENING Advent spiral

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
4:30 pm - MUSIC- AND POETRY-FILLED ADVENT OPENING AND LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Performing: Medvíďata singing choir

► SEMINARY GARDEN IN FRONT OF RŮŽE HOTEL
5:30 pm - OPENING OF THE ADVENT WITH A LIVING LIGHT – AN ADVENT SPIRAL




5. 12. - ST. NICHOLAS PRESENT DISTRIBUTION


ST. NICHOLAS PRESENT DISTRIBUTION

► 4:30 pm - SVORNOSTI SQUARE
Devilish games with an angelic assistance and the arrival of St. Nicholas

Performing: Rybníkáři band, Wild Devil Sticks, town citizens, members of Českokrumlovská scéna




8. 12. - ANGEL DAY

Dates From - To
08.12.2017   (Fr) 16:45 - 20:30

Angel day Angel day Illustration photo Illustration photo

► 4:45 pm - ANGELIC PROCESSION THROUGH TOWN
A grand meeting and procession of the angels of Krumlov.

Procession route: Horni str. (17:00) - St. Vitus Church - Main square - Siroka str. - Dlouha str. (17:30) - Lazebnicky Bridge - Latran str. - Monasteries (17:45)




9. 12. - 2nd ADVENT SATURDAY


Concert Activities in Monastery Illustration photo Český Krumlov Monasteries

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
Music programme in the afternoon:
2 pm - LAKOMÁ BARKA – local folk band
3:00 pm - Music band “NÁDRŽ” (Elementary School Za Nádražím)
3:30 pm - House of Children and Youth Český Krumlov – presentation of groups and bands
4 pm - VOTKA - local music group
4:30 pm - JITŘENKA – local folklore ensemble
5:30 pm - Music School Český Krumlov


► ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES
● 10 am - 6 pm ● CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Many artisanal workshops will be open on the second Saturday in December as part of the Monastery events schedule. Come in and create a traditional artisanal product together with your children. Apart from creative activities, a number of items created by our Monastery artisans will be available for sale.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 10 am - 6 pm ● ANDĚL PÁNĚ 2 FILM EXHIBITION MARKET
A small market just like in the fairy-tale will be open at the Monastery courtyard as part of the film exhibition. Come taste the Monastery apple strudel, apple mulled wine and hot sausages.




10. 12. - 2nd ADVENT SUNDAY


BABY JESUS´S POST OFFICE Theater performance for children

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
3 – 4:30 pm - BABY JESUS´S POST OFFICE AT GOLDEN ANGEL

4:30 pm - BABY JESUS´S POST AND ARRIVAL OF THE WHITE LADY
The post office is open to receive children’s letters to Baby Jesus and the White Lady will deliver them to Baby Jesus.

Performing: Lakomá Barka, Radek Interholz, town citizens, members of Českokrumlovská scéna




13. 12. - BOHEMIA SINGING CAROLS


Christmas carol singing

► 5:45 pm - SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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




15. 12. - CHRISTMAS FOR DOGS


Christmas for the dogs

► 1 - 6 pm - Dog shelter, Kaplická Street 439, Český Krumlov
Please accept our invitation to a tour of our dog shelter with Christmas cookies 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.




16. 12. - 3rd ADVENT SATURDAY


„Silent Night“ in various languages Activities in Monastery Illustration photo Activities in Monastery

► 4:30 pm - SVORNOSTI SQUARE
BRINGING YOU SONGS
Musicians of Krumlov will bring musical gifts and as usual sing the "Silent Night" along with viewers of all nationalities in various languages


► ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES
● 10 am - 6 pm ● CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Many artisanal workshops will be open on the third Saturday in December as part of the Monastery events schedule. Come in and create a traditional artisanal product together with your children. Apart from creative activities, a number of items created by our Monastery artisans will be available for sale.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 10 am - 6 pm ● ANDĚL PÁNĚ 2 FILM EXHIBITION MARKET
A small market just like in the fairy-tale will be open at the Monastery courtyard as part of the film exhibition. Come taste the Monastery apple strudel, apple mulled wine and hot sausages.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 2 - 6 pm ● ANGELIC CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Come to the Monasteries to make various Christmas presents.
Great Hall and Seminary rooms
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.




17. 12. - 3rd ADVENT SUNDAY


Theater performance for children JOINT SINGING UNDER THE CHRISTMASS TREE

► 2 - 6 pm - PASSING ON THE LIGHT OF BETHLEHEM
Courtyard of the Regional Museum. In cooperation with the Český Krumlov youth scouts.


► 4:30 pm - SVORNOSTI SQUARE
JOINT SINGING BY THE CHRISTMAS TREE

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




23. 12. - 4th ADVENT SUNDAY


LIVING BETHLEHEM

► 4:15 and 6:30 pm - II. CASTLE COURTYARD
LIVING BETHLEHEM
A live Biblical image with Christmas carol singing

Performing: local ensembles and town citizens




24. 12. - 4th ADVENT SUNDAY


CHRISTMAS FOR THE BEARS

► 10 am - II. CASTLE COURTYARD
CHRISTMAS FOR THE BEARS

Twenty seventh year of this unique local event.

Performing: Kapka




31. 12. - ST. SILVESTER


New Year in Český Krumlov

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
New Year´s Eve concerts of local bands

10-11:15 pm - HRAJETO (schlager-reggae)
11:30 pm – 01:30 am - ELEMENT (Rock 'n' Roll)

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




6. 1. 2018 - THE THREE KINGS


Three Kings

► 16:30 - Main Square
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• ARRIVAL OF THE THREE KINGS
• THREE KINGS CASH COLLECTION OF THE CZECH CATHOLIC CHARITY
• CHRISTMAS TREE switch-off – a small gathering to conclude our Advent




Schedule of events is subject to change.





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.




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