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Budapest Christmas: places, events, markets, festivals, etc.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening on a cozy heated ship on the Danube, surrounded by the magnificent Budapest attractions. Choose a cruise with drinks or even dinner included, and spend a wonderful time on board.

Sightseeing Cruises in Winter

Budapest Winter Cruise on Danube

Budapest Winter Cruise – Marta Troicka Photography

Budapest is full of riverside attractions, which are well worth to see even in wintertime. Daytime Sightseeing Cruises are nice too, but as the sun sets quite early (at 4pm in December), the night lights on both sides of the Danube are magnificent from late afternoon until night hours on an Evening Sightseeing Cruise.

Drink Cruises

The themed drink cruises can provide you a little twist on the cruises, and you can choose from several options from Cocktail Cruises, Craft Beer Cruises or Wine Tasting Cruises.

Winter Buda Castle Hill

Winter Buda Castle Hill – Neil Howard Photography

Dinner Cruises

For a more complex cruise experience, the dinner cruises are the perfect choice. Including buffet style or served dinner, drinks and different kind of live music on each Dinner Cruise program, everyone can find the one that fits to their winter Budapest holiday.

Budapest Xmas Eve Dinner with Gypsy Music

Budapest Xmas Eve Dinner with Gypsy Music

Winter Festive Cruises

If you choose to celebrate on board, a Christmas Cruise or NYE Cruise will definitely be the highlight of your Budapest holiday. Live music, festive decorations, delicious dinner and drinks – all included for an unforgettable night on the Danube.

 

Enjoy the Gift of Tasting in Budapest in the Winter Months.

Taste the best local foods and drinks on River Cruises, Walking Tours or in the Christmas Markets, and complete your Budapest winter holiday with discovering the traditional Hungarian cuisine.

Christmas Market Tour & Tastings

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Budapest Christmas Market Street Foods

There is no Christmas time in Budapest without Christmas Markets. There are several smaller markets in the city, but the 2 biggest in Vorosmarty Square and in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica are definitely worth a visit. The perfect way to discover both of them, while learning about local Christmas traditions, is to book a guided Christmas Market Tour. You won’t regret it. Did I mention that the tour includes a 3-tier wine tasting and a mug of mulled wine as well? Student and children discount are available, so this really is a perfect Christmas treat for your family holiday. This tour is in December only, from Dec 1 to 23, so don’t hesitate much to book!

Christmas Cruise Budapest December

Christmas Cruise Budapest – Cameron Rogers Photography

Wine Tasting Cruise

Enjoy a 7-Tier Hungarian Wine Tasting on board, while admiring the beautiful winter sights along the river Danube. The Wine Tasting Cruise runs every day at 2pm, 4pm and 7pm (with live Gypsy Music). On some dates, it is even available at 10pm (with live Salon Music).

Craft Beer Tasting Cruise

Tasting of 5 delicious Hungarian specialty artisan beers, breadsticks as snacks, and Live Music are included in the Craft Beer Cruise. Running at 2pm, 4pm and 7pm every day (plus at 10pm on some days during the winter season).

Dinner Cruises

Budapest Xmas Eve Dinner with Gypsy Music

Budapest Xmas Eve Dinner with Gypsy Music

Budapest Dinner Cruises are famous for the amazing atmosphere of the live music on board, the beautifully lit riverside attractions and at last but not least the delicious Hungarian food served on board. Don’t miss it while you are in Budapest! Special festive programs, such as Christmas Eve Cruises, Christmas Day Cruises and of course New Year’s Eve Cruises are also available, though ticket are selling fast.

Mulled Wine Cruise

You can choose from 2 hot drinks on this cruise: mulled wine or grog, while enjoying the winter sights from the nice heated ship on the Danube. The Mulled Wine Cruise is a perfect afternoon program for a relaxing winter holiday in Budapest.

Great Market Hall Budapest

Great Market Hall Budapest

Great Market Hall Tour & Tastings

The guided Market Hall Tours with Tastings are unmissable programs for all food lovers, or anyone who wishes to try out the real Hungarian flavours – Goulash, Langos, Chimney Cake – just to mention a few – and wine or craft beer tastings.

Spending your Christmas holiday in Budapest? Don’t miss out one of the fun Ice Rinks of Budapest to try this fun wintery sport.

2018 Opening Hours have not been confirmed yet.

Budapest Ice Rinks

Ice Rink in the City Park

Location: Varosliget Budapest, near Heroes Square (Hosok tere)

Opening hours:

  • December 24: Closed
  • December 25: Open as usual (10 am – 2pm, 4pm – 8pm)
  • December 26: Open as usual (10 am – 2pm, 4pm – 9pm)

 

Ticket: HUF 1,200 (weekdays) / HUF 1,500 (weekends)

Skate Rental: from HUF 800 / hour

Ice Rink at Budapest Whale

Location: Budapest Whale (Balna), 11-12 Fovam Square, Budapest, District IX.

Opening hours:

  • December 24: 10 am – 2pm
  • December 25: Closed
  • December 26: Closed

Ticket: Entry is free

Skate Rental: from HUF 1,000 / 3 hours

Budapest Panorama Skating

Budapest Panorama Skating

 

Nutcracker Show in Budapest

Enjoy festive Christmas concerts in Budapest, with events in major venues, churches and beautiful buildings.

Christmas in Budapest

Christmas in Budapest

Have the jolliest holiday with our guide to Christmas concerts, events, activities in the Hungarian capital city, as there is nothing more festive as Budapest during Christmas.

Be careful, as there are wonderful performances and concerts, some of the events are already full house months before, so secure your tickets now!

Christmas concerts on 24 December

Xmas Eve Buffet Dinner Cruise

Budapest Xmas Eve Dinner with Gypsy Music

Budapest Xmas Eve Dinner with Gypsy Music

Celebrate Christmas Eve in Budapest with a festive Christmas Dinner Cruise with Live Gypsy music.

This 2h dinner cruise includes delicious Buffet Dinner and live concert played by a Hungarian Gypsy Band on the Budapest Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner Cruise from 6pm-8pm or 9pm-11pm.

Classical Music concert in the Downtown St Anne’s Church

Concert at St Anne's Church in Budapest

Concert at St Anne’s Church in Budapest

The  Christmas Eve Concert will feature classical music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Schubert, while admiring St. Anna’s Church, one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Hungary.

Address: Szervita Square, District V in Budapest’s city centre.

The Magic Flute

A quest for wisdom, love and light in a world where nothing is what it seems.

Address: Budapest Erkel Theatre,  II. János Pál pápa square 30, District 8, H-1087 Budapest (tickets available from Opera.hu)

 Midnight masses

Matthias Church Budapest Christmas

Matthias Church Budapest Christmas

Midnight masses are night-time events which are considered to be at the core of a traditional Christmas.

Take part in a Midnight Mass in Budapest in St Stephen’s Basilica, Matthias Church or any other churches of Budapest, where you will be able to join the locals to celebrate Christmas Eve together.

 

 

Christmas concerts on 25 December

Christmas Day Chamber Concert in Budapest

Christmas Day Chamber Concert in Danube Palace Budapest

Christmas Day Chamber Concert in Danube Palace Budapest

The  Christmas Day Chamber Concert of the Danube Chamber Orchestra is a combination of chamber music and gala concert.

Address: Danube Palace Budapest, Zrinyi utca 5, Budapest 1051, Hungary

Budapest Christmas Day Dinner Cruise with Gypsy Music

Live Gypsy Music on the Budapest Dinner Cruise with Gypsy Music – Dinner Cruise with Gypsy Music and Buffet Dinner (7pm – 9pm)

Piano Music on Budapest Christmas Dinner Cruise

Piano Music on Budapest Christmas Dinner Cruise

Bar Piano Battle concert

A festive Budapest river cruise with 4-course served dinner and live Piano Music on the Budapest Christmas Dinner Cruise with Piano Music from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Budapest Late Night Danube River Cruise

Enjoy the wonderful river side attractions in Budapest late night, from 10pm, on a night Danube river cruise with 2 free drinks or with a nice dinner and drinks on the Late Night Danube River Cruise.

Nutcracker Ballet Show

The Nutcracker Ballet Show in the the Hungarian State Opera House has been performed over 20 years with great success.

Nutcracker Budapest Opera House at Christmas

Nutcracker Budapest Opera House at Christmas

This spectacular ballet show is one of the highlights of any Christmas holidays.

Address: Opera House Budapest, Andrássy út 22, District 6, H-1061 Budapest

Screening of the Nutcracker Ballet

The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of ‘The Nutcracker’, created by Peter Wright 32 years ago, is an all-time ballet favourite.

Screening is from 4 pm in the fascinating building of the Puskin Film Theatre (also on Dec 26 at 2pm)

Address: Kossuth Lajos street 18, District 5, H-1053 Budapest

Free Folk Concerts at Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market Atmosphere TopBudapestOrg

Budapest Christmas Market Atmosphere TopBudapestOrg

Enjoy free Hungarian folk concerts in Budapest on Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market.

Dates in 2018: TBC

Address: Vorosmarty square District 5, Budapest

La Boheme

La Boheme by Puccini is one of opera’s most popular and unforgettable love stories in the Budapest Opera House from 7pm on 25 December.

Address: Opera House Budapest, Andrássy út 22, District 6, H-1061 Budapest

Christmas concerts on 26 December

Hungarian Folk Music and Dance Show

Budapest Folk Show at Christmas

Budapest Folk Show at Christmas

Hungarian Folk Music and Dance Show on Dec 26.

When the Folk Dance Show ends at 9.30pm, you can opt for a Danube city cruise to continue your beautiful cultural night in Budapest.

Buffet Dinner Cruise with Gypsy Music

Live Gypsy Music on the Budapest Dinner Cruise with Gypsy Music – Dinner Cruise with Gypsy Music and Buffet Dinner (7pm – 9pm)

Bar Piano Battle concert

A festive Budapest river cruise with 4-course served dinner and live Piano Music

Budapest Cruise at Night at Christmas

Budapest Cruise at Night at Christmas

on the Budapest Christmas Dinner Cruise with Piano Music (7.30pm – 10.30pm)

Budapest Candlelit Dinner Cruise – A La Carte Dinner

Live Salon Music on the romantic and candlelit A La Carte Cruise in Budapest on Dec 26 from 7pm to 9.30pm.

Budapest Late Night Danube River Cruise

Enjoy the wonderful river side attractions in Budapest late night, from 10pm, on a night Danube river cruise with 2 free drinks or with a nice dinner and drinks on the Late Night Danube River Cruise.

 

Budapest Christmas Market Folk Concert Hargittai

Budapest Christmas Market Folk Concert Hargittai

 

Free Folk Concerts at Budapest Christmas Market

Enjoy free Hungarian folk concerts in Budapest on Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market.

Dates for 2018: TBC

Address: Vorosmarty square District 5, Budapest

 

More Budapest Christmas Concerts in 2018

For your Budapest Christmas holiday you can use the 2017 Christmas Streetcar Schedule to plan ahead your tram ride on the festive, illuminated Xmas Streetcar of the city of Budapest. You can save the timetables for your mobile or tablet, and choose from several routes.

Budapest Christmas Streetcar

Budapest Christmas Streetcar – Mark Mervai Photography

Without a doubt, the most popular of all Christmas Streetcars in Budapest is Tram number 2, which is running along the river Danube, offering beautiful views of the cityscape and the UNESCO attractions along the Pearl of the Danube, one of the longest rivers of the European continent. Tram 2 stops include several highlights of the city, mostly from the 19th century, like the Margaret Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament, the Hungarian Academy, the Gresham Palace, the Pesti Vigado Concert Hall, or the contemporary futuristic building of the Whale.

Tram 2 Christmas Streetcar Schedule in Budapest

Route of Tram stops: Jaszai Mari Square – House of Parliament, Visitor Centre – Kossuth Lajos Square – Szechenyi István Square – Eotvos Square – Vigado Square – Marcius 15. Square – Fovam Square – Zsil Street – Boraros Square – Haller Street / Soroksari Street – Millenniumi Cultural Centre

December 1, from 5 pm until late evening
December 4, from 5 pm until late evening
December 5, from 5 pm until late evening
December 11, from 5 pm until late evening
December 12, from 5 pm until late evening
December 18, from 5 pm until late evening
December 19, from 5 pm until late evening
December 25, from 5 pm until late evening
December 26, from 5 pm until late evening
January 1, from 5 pm until late evening
January 2, from 5 pm until late evening

Tram 19 Christmas Streetcar Schedule in Budapest

Christmas Streetcar Tram Fenyvillamos Budapest 2015

Christmas Tram Budapest Tibor Illyes / MTI Photo

Route of stops: Becsi Street / Vorosvari Street – Varadi Street – Szent Margit Hospital – Selmeci Street – Katinyi Martirok’s Park – Kolosy Square – Zsigmond Square – Komjadi Bela Street – Szent Lukacs Gyogyfurdo – Margit bridge, Budai hidfo – Bem Jozsef Square – Batthyany Square – Halasz Street – Clark Adam Square – Varkert Bazar – Rudas Gyogyfurdo – Szent Gellert Square – Gardonyi Square – Moricz Zsigmond Square – Kosztolanyi Dezso Square – Karolina Street – Csoka Street – Szent Gellert Church – Kelenfold Railway Station

December 6, from 5 pm until late evening
December 7, from 5 pm until late evening
December 13, from 5 pm until late evening
December 14, from 5 pm until late evening
December 20, from 5 pm until late evening
December 21, from 5 pm until late evening
December 27, from 5 pm until late evening
December 28, from 5 pm until late evening
January 3, from 5 pm until late evening
January 4, from 5 pm until late evening

Tram 50 Christmas Streetcar Schedule in Budapest

Route of stops: Corvin Boulevard – Lehel Sreet – Kossuth Square – Fo Street – Arpad Street –
Villanytelep – Lajosmizsei sorompo – Tinodi Street – Margo Tivadar Street – Kemeny Zsigmond Street – Baross Street – Thokoly Sreet – Szarvas csarda square – Madarasz Street- Iparvasut- Honved Street – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street – Ungvar Street – Pestszentlorinc, Beke Square

December 10, from 5 pm until late evening

Tram 59 Christmas Streetcar Schedule in Budapest

Route of stops: Szent Janos Hospital – Varosmajor – Nyul Street – Szell Kalman Square – Deli palyaudvar – Kek Golyo Street – Kiralyhago Square – Kiss Janos altabornagy street – Apor Vilmos – Square – Zolyomi Stairs – Vas Gereben Street – Lipto Street – Farkasreti Cemetery – Suveg Street – Marton Aron Square

December 17, from 5 pm until late evening

Tram 49 Christmas Streetcar Schedule in Budapest

Route of stops: Kelenfold Train Station – St. Gellert Church – Csoka Street – Karolina Road – Kosztolanyi Dezso Square – Moricz Zsigmond Korter – Gardonyi Square – St. Gellert Square – Fovam Square – Kalvin Square – Astoria – Deak Ferenc Square.

December 8, from 5 pm until late evening
December 15, from 5 pm until late evening
December 22, from 5 pm until late evening
December 29, from 5 pm until late evening
January 5, from 5 pm until late evening

Tram 47 Christmas Streetcar Schedule in Budapest

Route of stops: Deak Ferenc Square    – Astoria – Kalvin Square – Fovam Square – Szent Gellert Square – Gardonyi Square – Moricz Zsigmond Square – Ujbuda-Center – Csonka Janos Square – Hauszmann Alajos Street – Etele Street / Fehervari Street – Kalotaszeg Street – Andor Street
– Albertfalva kitero – Albertfalva Street – Fonyod Street – Budafok kocsiszin – Budafoki elagazas
Leanyka utcai lakotelep – Savoyai Jeno Square – Varoshaz Square

December 30, from 5 pm until late evening

Tram 56A Christmas Streetcar Schedule in Budapest

Route of stops: Huvosvolgy – Heinrich Istvan Street – Volgy Street – Vadaskerti Street – Nagyhid – Zuhatag sor – Kelemen Laszlo Street – Akademia – Budagyongye – Nagyajtai Street – Szent Janos Hospital – Varosmajor – Nyul Street – Szell Kalman Square – Deli Railway Station – Miko Street – Krisztina Square – Dozsa Gyorgy Square – Dobrentei Square – Rudas Thermal Bath – Szent Gellert Square – Gardonyi Square – Moricz Zsigmond Square

December 23, from 5 pm until late evening

Christmas Tram 2017 Schedule

Christmas Tram 2017 Schedule

Download the Christmas Tram 2017 Schedule