Christmas Freedom Square
Freedom Square is the natural centre of Brno. During Advent it is the perfect place to meet and spend time with friends.
Standing at 18 metres this year, the city’s official Christmas tree is erected here as usual. Dominating the square is a white dome of the Winter Bar serving famous local drinks, as well as drinks of global quality and prominence. Stylish presents can be purchased in glass modules during December Design Days.
The unique aspect of the square is its daily cultural programmes, contributing to the perfect Advent environment during the day and cool backdrop for meeting friends and family in the evening. The programme kicks off with performances by local schoolchildren, pupils of performing art schools and ensembles. Afternoons will belong to theatre; evenings to swing, jazz, pop, folklore and other genres. Also, do not miss the traditional televised Czech Television Advent concerts, reading to children or the event known as The Czech Republic Sings Carols. The complete programme can be found here.
The Winter Bar
Drink globally! Enter the white dome to check out the Winter Bar to try (Christmas) drinks from all over the world as well as typical and traditional local beverages.
There are five bars (3 indoor bars, 2 outdoor bars) serving traditional Brno drinks or foreign interpretations of the famous eggnog and Flip, or really old punches from past centuries.
December Design Days
The Brno Christmas will be all about design. If you are looking for original Christmas presents, come to the Brno Design Days in two glass modules between 1–17 December.
They include accessories, jewellery, clothes, pottery or artworks.
The following artists will showcase their many talents at December Design Days:
From the 1st to the 3rd of December:
Jsem Studio – Jewellery and light fixtures made on a 3D printer
Nápady pro Aničku – Gifts – inspirations for creative activities with children of all ages
Agapornis Luis – Bags, clutches, wallets, book covers, mobile phone cases, jewellery boxes, hanging decorations.
Plevel – Flower shop. Art project, small Czech environmentally friendly flower shop
From the 1st to the 17th of December:
TOTUMO – Jewellery whose inspiration and material comes from the endless diversity of South American nature
From the 4th to the 7th of December:
Theó & Company – Clothes, jewellery, shoes, bags, artwork, photos and paintings, selected Czech and foreign design
Marie Mukařovská – Clothes. Coats, tops, skirts and dresses in various patters and materials (wool, silk, cashmere) and decorative elements (e.g. glitter)
Dlouhá punčocha – Books for children
From the 8th to the 14th of December:
MORROWS – Design and production of fashion accessories and interior design decorations from felt, leather and cardboard
ARKI – Scandinavian decorations, toys and Czech books for children
From the 8th to the 10th of December:
Jindřich Plotica Stein – Sculptor, painter and designer. Jewellery (galvanized cast brass) and cups (galvanized cast brass, glass and precious stones)
From the 11th to the 14th of December:
Lustry Luminance – Original light fixtures. New forms of chandeliers.
From the 15th to the 17th of December:
REPARÁDA – Reparáda is a fashion brand inspired by vintage styles and more, whose heart beats for the ideas of slow fashion.
Klukovna – Great variety of fashionable accessories for men.
iUmeni.cz – Original books and teaching aids by Czech artists. Books on design, art and architecture.
No need to stress or wait in lines for tasteful souvenirs. This year’s reusable mug will make a great Christmas present, but there is a lot more to be found in the glass city module.
Artist Vendula Chalánková has created a special collection for the Brno Christmas. She has her own collection of jewellery or toys, and she is also an author of many comic books. Her original style can be also found on pot holders, pillows, chocolates or mint boxes.
Advent in Brno would not be complete without the clock machine. It will give away special Christmas marbles every hour from 11am to 11pm starting the first advent Sunday 3rd till Sunday 24th. That is 13 marbles per day, which makes up 286 marbles altogether. The Christmas design shows a red heart with 2017 figure.
Virtual reality and EnPlug
Not much of a winter wonderland? No problem. Thanks to virtual reality you can enjoy Freedom Square under a snow blanket. Do you miss the tourist train? Hop on a virtual train. Or do you want to protect the tree in a snowball fight with snowmen? You can experience it, and much more, in the virtual world. Visit the glass module and have fun.
You can share your experiences from the Freedom Square on Instagram, using the hashtag #brnenskevanoce. Your photos will appear on a large screen next to the main stage thanks to the n-plug technology.
Other favourite activities on the stage at Freedom Square:
Czech Television Advent concerts
Enjoy Sunday evenings with the traditional televised concerts.
Come to the square on 5 December at 4:30 p.m. to meet St Nicholas and his trusty angel and devil named Čiko. All children, good or naughty, will get their presents.
Reading to children
Notable institutions that cater to children on a regular basis will participate in this year’s reading to children, including the Brno Observatory and Planetarium, the Lužánky Community Centre, the Open Garden, the Technical Museum in Brno, the Moravian Gallery in Brno etc.
The Czech Republic sings carols
Join other people to sing carols with the Brněnský deník daily on 13 December at 6:00 p.m.
Since Advent is about sharing, the Brno Christmas will offer several opportunities to help the needy.
If you feel like helping the less fortunate, come to Freedom Square on Wednesdays, between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. You can donate money via a collection box; in return, you will receive a small snack and you can chat with the good people from a charity organisation, a children’s home or an organisation specialising in the training of assistance dogs.
Situated underneath the Christmas tree at Freedom Square and at Dominican Square will be Red Cross donation boxes. The proceeds will go to rehabilitation programmes for children in foster care, senior citizens and socially disadvantages individuals and families.