Budapest is beautiful at Christmas, and if you are planning your 2013 Budapest Christmas break, you can already count on many nice events, including the lovely Budapest Christmas markets with a concert series, or the Budapest Nutcracker performances (ballets, puppet shows, theater performances, installations, etc.).
The exact dates of the upcoming 2013 Budapest Christmas events have not been finalized yet, but based on the customary dates of previous years, the following dates may be predicted:
2013 Budapest Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square: November 16, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (crafts stalls until Dec 24)
2013 Budapest Basilica Christmas Market : December 1, 2013 – January 1, 2013 (crafts stalls until Dec 31)
2013 Budapest Basilica Christmas Market : December 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (crafts stalls until Dec 24)
2013 Budapest Nutcracker Festival at the Budapest Opera House: November 30, 2013 – December 31, 2013
There are many concerts during the Advent period, choir concerts, chamber music concerts, organ concerts, world music, jazz, swing, etc.
Winter is staying in Budapest for about four months, so the city offers a wide range of winter things to do both indoor and outdoor, from winter Budapest festivals to winter outdoor activities like skating, walks in the hills, winter tours (including the Budapest Christmas market tours or Christmas cruises on the river Danube), etc. The thermal baths are open throughout the winter period, and some, like Szechenyi Baths, have open air hot spring water pools, which offer and incredible experience.
More ideas for Budapest things to do in Winter: