Prague’s annual Christmas tree lighting canceled due to security concerns

Due to security concerns, the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Prague's Old Town Square, which was scheduled for this Saturday, won't take place this year. City Hall confirmed Tuesday.

The traditional season kick-off had been attended by thousands every year. It is a first time the Christmas tree lighting ceremony won’t take place since the tradition itself originated.

“The crisis staff of the City of Prague today canceled the event for security reasons,” a press release issued by Prague City Hall stated. “Based on the recommendation of city and state police, but despite my personal disagreement, I decided to cancel the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree this year,” Adriana Krnacova, who is a first female mayor of Prague, posted on social media. Even through Krnacova agreed to go along, she considers cancelation of the event to be an overreaction.

According to information from the City Hall, the lightning of Chrismas tree at the Old Town Square should occur on original date but without ceremony and at an unspecified hour. The Old Town Square Christmas market should not be affected in any way.