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Christmas Market at Vorosmarty Square Budapest

30 December in Budapest is all about getting ready to say our farewells to the old year.

Some people try to relax before NYE, some has already started partying.

The definite highlight of this day is the chance to spend the night of 30 December in the warm thermal pools of Szechenyi Baths and welcome the last day of 2016 while listening to amazing music.

Szechenyi Baths Party Budapest NYE Sparty

Szechenyi Baths Party Budapest NYE Sparty

New Year Bath Party in Szechenyi Baths

A simply brilliant concept, combining the hot, relaxing waters of the outdoor pools of Szechenyi Baths and a nightclub.

If you are in Budapest on 30 December then you should never miss the New Year Bath Party, but be careful, tickets sell out like hot cakes, so don’t hesitate to book early!

Thermal Baths in Budapest on 30 December

Budapest is called the ‘City of Baths’.  Hungary is famous for its thermal springs, and Budapest is full of thermal waters with healing qualities.

Gellert Bath at Christmas

Gellert Bath at Christmas – You Flavio Photography

Budapest has a number of great spas and outdoor pools worth visiting, but  Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Spa, Lukacs Baths, and Rudas Baths are the most well-known ones.

By clicking on any of the Budapest baths listed above additional info along with price, opening hours, useful tips can be found.

Budapest Gala Concert on 30 December

Have you ever been on a gala concert offering a truly unique entertainment with a special Hungarian flavour and a wide repertoire from gypsy and operetta music to Hungarian-related classical music?

You can enjoy the famous Danube Symphony Orchestra and masterpieces written by Berlioz, Liszt, Lehar, Liszt on the Budapest Gala Concerts and then, should you wish, you can even go on a romantic late night river cruise.

Budapest Gala Concerts

Budapest Gala Concerts

100 Member Gypsy Orchestra at the Budapest Congress Center on 30 December

Traditional concert from the renowned 100 Member Gypsy Orchestra at the Budapest Congress Center.

Music by Bizet, Brahms, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Liszt, the evening begins with wine tasting and a folk dance show.

The concert can also be booked with a delicious dinner.

River Danube Cruises on 30 December

A river Danube cruise is always a memorable event, irrespectively of the actual season.

Winter Daytime Cruise in Budapest

Winter Daytime Cruise in Budapest

A lunch cruise, a simple cruise with drinks or a sightseeing cruise with an audio guide, there is a wide range of day cruise options available.

As for the evenings, tickets for the dinner cruises almost always run out days before the date of the cruise, as many people wish to ensure a relaxing evening or night with the loved ones while admiring the UNESCO World Heritage Sights of Budapest and the most famous landmarks, buildings of the city (the Parliament, Buda Castle with the Royal Palace, the Chain Bridge and the other beautiful bridges).

Get ready for an evening cruise and make the reservation long before.

Buda Castle Tours and Segway Tours on 30 December

The Buda Castle District in Budapest is worth a visit. Packed with historic sights, medieval houses, charming streets and some really good cafes and restaurants, this area needs at least a full day to explore.

What better way to discover the crooked streets then booking Castle tours in the Buda Castle District, or a 2h Budget Buda Castle Walking Tour.

Budapest Buda Castle Hill in Winter Mispahn

Budapest Buda Castle Hill in Winter Mispahn

If you wish to spare your legs, try one of the Segway Tours in Budapest.

You can also choose from other different Segway Tours in other parts of Budapest on December 30:

Christmas Markets on Dec 30 in Budapest

Say goodbye to 2016 by visiting one of the traditional Budapest Christmas Markets offering quality gifts, cultural programs, good food and special winter drinks.

Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market

Address: Vorosmarty Ter, District V

Open: 10 am – 9 pm (merchant stalls until 8 pm)

St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market

Address: Szent Istvan Ter, in front of the Budapest Basilica building, District V

Open: 10 am – 8 pm, with laser show every half an hour between 4.30 pm and 8 pm on the Basilica’s facade.

 

 

Budapest Christmas Market by St Stephen's Basilica

Spending 29 December in Budapest can easily be fun with many interesting things to do.

Let us give you some ideas of the seasonal festivals, performances, special concerts and other holiday season events on how to spend this day in teh capital city.

Thermal Baths in Budapest on 29 December

Szechenyi Baths Budapest in Winter

Szechenyi Baths Budapest in Winter

Want to get ready for the New Year’s Eve party and chill out before the big event? Maybe longing for a game of water chess? Or just want to relax after the busy Christmas holiday? Just take a dip in one of Budapest’s many famous spas.

Budapest has a number of great spas and outdoor pools worth visiting, but  Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Spa, Lukacs Baths, or Rudas Baths are the most known ones.

They are open every day, all year, opening hours might vary, please check the websites.

 

Hungarian Folk Show in Budapest on 29 December

Folk Cruise Dinner Budapest - Balancing Bottles

Folk Cruise Dinner Budapest – Balancing Bottles

One of the most prestigious folk ensemble, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, will perform in the beautiful Danube Palace (Duna Palota) by the Four Seasons Hotel in Budapest on 29 December.

The Hungarian Folk Show events are extremely popular, booking in advance is highly suggested.

Would like to have more Hungarian folk experience?

Enjoy an amazing Hungarian Folk Music and Dance Show on a boat tour in Budapest while cruising on the Danube. The Folk Show on Dinner Cruise program includes an evening with either a Danube Cruise and 5 Drinks or a 4-Course Served Dinner. This evening offers a bit of fun too, with a bit of folk dance learning opportunity!

Concert at St. Stephen Basilica Budapest

Budapest Basilica Christmas Midnight Mass

Budapest Basilica – Neil Howard Photography

The magnificent St. Stephen’s Basilica hosts a very popular organ-concert series performed by some of Hungary’s most loved musicians.

The Concerts at St Stephen’s Basilica Budapest are all about classical music composed by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Vivaldi.

River Danube Cruises on 29 December in Budapest

Go on a boat trip on the Danube and admire the top attractions of Budapest.

Night on Hungarian Folk Boat - Budapest Parliament

Night on Hungarian Folk Boat

If you are interested in a lunch cruise or a cruise with only drinks, maybe even with an audio guide, please choose from several day cruise options.

There is a wide range of dinner cruises with either either a la carte, served dinner, or buffet style with all kinds of live music on board.

Hungarian and international dishes, meat and vegetarian options await you on the Budapest Dinner Cruises.

Buda Castle Tours on 29 December

The Buda Castle District in Budapest attracts tourists every day, all year round. With different winter Castle tours in the Buda Castle District, or a 2h Budget Buda Castle Walking Tour, everyone finds the perfect option.

Segway Tours in Budapest on Dec 29 in Budapest

Winter Segway Tours Budapest

Winter Segway Tours Budapest

Have you tried a Segway tour before? If not, do not miss the 1 or 2 hour long guided Segway Tours in Budapest as they are fun for everybody.

You can choose from different Segway Tours in Budapest on December 29:

Christmas Markets on Dec 29 in Budapest

Spend some hours in one of Europe’s best Christmas markets while sipping mulled wine, buying authentic handmade souvenirs or listening free concerts.

Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market

Christmas Market at Vorosmarty Square Budapest

Christmas Market at Vorosmarty Square Budapest

Address: Vorosmarty Ter, District V

Opening hours on Dec 29: 10 am – 9 pm (merchant stalls until 8 pm)

St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market

Address: Szent Istvan Ter, in front of the Budapest Basilica building, District V

Opening hours on Dec 29: 10 am – 8 pm (food and handicraft stalls) with laser show every half an hour between 4.30 pm and 8 pm on the Basilica’s facade.

 

 

Christmas Fair at Vorosmarty Square Budapest

You can choose from many things to do in Budapest on 28 December.

Christmas in Budapest

Christmas in Budapest

If the weather is wet and cold we recommend a visit to one of the world famous thermal baths in the morning, then going on a sightseeing tour on the Danube, followed by a Hungarian Folk music concert for the evening.

Thermal Baths in Budapest on 28 December

Visiting at least one of the thermal baths of Budapest is a must, especially in a cold month like December.

Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Spa, Lukacs Baths, Rudas Baths  are open (with small variations) from 6 am to 9 pm.

Szechenyi Baths Budapest Winter - Miles Actually Photography

Szechenyi Baths Budapest Winter – Miles Actually Photography

Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 6 pm.

Did you know that you can make your spa visit totally carefree by buying not only a fast track bath ticket but also booking other rentals and services in advance, as well?

It is definitely worth it, as there are almost always huge queues building up in Budapest’s baths even on weekdays.

Hungarian Folk Show in Budapest on 28 December

Hungary has rich folk traditions and folk dancing is still actively practiced nowadays in dance houses.

Hungarian Folk Show Budapest

Hungarian Folk Show Budapest

With award winning Hungarian Folk Dancers, beautiful Hungarian Folk Dresses and a Spectacular Dance Show, the Hungarian Folk Show is a must see event.

When the Folk Dance Show has ended, you go for a Danube city cruise with buffet dinner from 10 pm.

River Danube Cruises on 28 Dec in Budapest

Probably the best and most convenient way to admire the World Heritage UNESCO sites of the capital city on the two riverbanks is to go on a boat trip on river Danube.

The Danube day cruises (either sightseeing or lunch cruises) are available during the day or you can go in the evening and choose a good quality served or buffet meal on any Budapest Dinner Cruises or a late Night Cruise.

Budapest Boat Tour on Danube River

Budapest Boat Tour on Danube – Global Ranger

Castle District Tours on 28 December

The Castle District with the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion is a sight for everyone visiting Budapest.

You can book any kind of Buda Castle District Tour  starting from walking tours, Segway tours to Private tours.

Should you want to discover the delicious and renowned Hungarian wines you can go for a wine tasting in a cellar.

Christmas Markets on 28 December

The holiday Christmas fairs offer cultural programs, a taste of Hungary’s culinary delights (strudels, artisan chocolates, goulash, gingerbread etc), hand-crafted products and a lot more.

Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market

Address: Vorosmarty Ter, District V

Opening hours on Dec 28: 10 am – 9 pm (merchant stalls until 8 pm)

Christmas Fair at Vorosmarty Square Budapest

Christmas Fair at Vorosmarty Square Budapest

St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market

Address: Szent Istvan Ter, in front of the Budapest Basilica building, District V

Opening hours on Dec 28: 10 am – 8 pm (food and handicraft stalls) with laser show every half an hour between 4.30 pm and 8 pm on the Basilica’s facade.

 

 

 

 

Looking for things to do once Christmas is out of the way? Not sure what is open between 26 December and New Year? Or just want to get out of the house? Here are some useful tips on where to go and what to visit on 27 December in Budapest.

Thermal Baths in Budapest on 27 December

Budapest Szechenyi Baths in Winter Dec 26

Budapest Szechenyi Baths in Winter – Natalie Wilson Photography

Burn off those excess calories by visiting one of the main thermal baths of Budapest (Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Spa, Lukacs Baths, Rudas Baths) as they are open from 6 am to 9 pm, with small alterations are in the different thermal baths (the outdoor pools in Szechenyi and Rudas Baths are open until 10 pm, while Gellert Spa closes at 8 pm). Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 6 pm.

Everyone wants to have a relaxed day at Szechenyi and Gellert Spa enjoying a nice massage or trying Gellert Spa’s private bath, therefore early booking is highly suggested.

River Danube Cruises in Budapest on 27 Dec

Enjoy the wonderful Budapest in winter on either a day cruise or admire the night lit river side attractions on a night river cruise.

River Danube Cruise Budapest in Winter

River Danube Cruise Budapest in Winter

The dinner cruises are either a la carte, served, or buffet style dinners with live music (from Bar Piano to gypsy music).

As many people are on holiday and not working between Christmas and the New Year, tickets to these cruises sell out in advance, so book early to avoid any disappointment.

Budapest Gala Concert in the Danube Palace Budapest on 27 December

With a very wide range of repertoire from gipsy music and operetta to classical music featuring a special Hungarian instrument, the cimbalom (hammered ducimel), this Budapest Gala Concert is for everyone. Performing the Danube Symphony Orchestra, the soloists of the world-famous Budapest Operetta Theatre and other great talents from the national “Virtuosos” talent show.

Budapest Gala Concerts

Budapest Gala Concerts

You can even enjoy an unforgettable cruise with dinner, drinks and great views of the city right after the concert.

Buda Castle Tours on Dec 27

Buda Castle and its District is one of the top attractions of Budapest. With different winter Castle tours in the Buda Castle District, you can choose the perfect one for you and the loved ones. Please, dress well for these outdoor tours, as the weather in Budapest can be really freezing on the last days of December.

Segway Tours on 27 December in Budapest

While walking tours are mainly for families or the elderly, a Segway Tour in Budapest is for the brave and open minded souls!

Book your Segway Tour in advance as its popularity is rising, even in the cold winter months.

Christmas Markets on 27 December

Christmas Fair on Vorosmarty Square Budapest

Christmas Fair on Vorosmarty Square Budapest

The Christmas Fairs are still open. Head there for food stalls (like you need any more food after Christmas), mulled wines, unique products and more. Free entry.

1, Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market on Dec 27

Address: Vorosmarty Ter, District V

Opening hours on Dec 27: 10 am – 9 pm (merchant stalls until 8 pm)

2, St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market on Dec 27

Address: Szent Istvan Ter, in front of the Budapest Basilica building, District V

Opening hours on Dec 27: 10 am – 8 pm (food and handicraft stalls) with laser show every half an hour between 4.30 pm and 8 pm on the Basilica’s facade.

 

The 2015 Budapest Christmas Market in the city centre has opened its stalls in mid November 2015, awaiting the thousands of guests the market receives every year.

Budapest Christmas Market Advent on Vorosmarty Square TopBudapestOrg

Budapest Christmas Market Advent on Vorosmarty Square TopBudapestOrg

In fact, the Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square is only the first Advent Fair in a series, as further markets will open in the course of November (Nov 21, the Christmas Market on Varoshaza Square, Nov 27 the Christmas Market by the St Stephen’s Basilica).

Opening Hours of Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square 2015

Nov 13 – 15: 10 am – 11 pm
Nov 16 – 19: 10 am – 10 pm
Nov 20 – 22: 10 am – 11 pm
Nov 23 – 26: 10 am – 10 pm
Nov 27 – 29: 10 am – 11 pm
Nov 30 – Dec 3: 10 am – 10 pm
Dec 4 – 6: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 7 – 10: 10 am – 10 pm
Dec 11 – 13: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 14 – 17: 10 am – 10 pm
Dec 18 – 20: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 21 – 23: 10 am – 10 pm
Dec 24: 10 am – 3 pm
Dec 25 -26: 10 am – 6 pm
Dec 27: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 28 – Dec 30: 10 am – 10 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Dec 31: 10 am – 6 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Jan 1: 2pm – 10 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Jan 2 – 3: 10 am – 11 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Jan 4 – 6: 10 am – 10 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)

The Christmas Market, as usual, will feature over a hundred carefully selected crafts stalls representing the traditional and modern artisan crafts of Hungarian artists. Also, you can taste winter street foods, like Roasted Chestnuts, Langos Flatbread, Pork Knuckles, sweet and enticing Chimney Cakes, as well as traditional winter meals like stuffed cabbage, hearty goulash soup, which will keep you warm on the chillier autumn and winter days of the Christmas Market period, from November 13, 2015 to January 6, 2016.

Concerts at the Christmas Market

Concerts, shows will also be featured on the Budapest Christmas Market Stage near Cafe Gerbeaud. The music genres range from jazz, crossover, blues and soul to Hungarian folk music. The concerts of the Advent Fair are scheduled as follows:
Monday – Friday: 5 pm – 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 4 pm – 8pm

Children’s activities and entertainment at the Christmas Market will be at weekends. Puppet theatre, Dance and Music Shows for Kids are accompanied with handcrafts workshops (basket weaving, beadwork, felt making & decoration, gingerbread making, etc.) in the Hut called Hutte set up on the market square from Dec 4, 2015.
Sat – Sun: 11 am – 4 pm.

The city’s tourism program is the Budapest Winter Invitation with various cultural events and tours, as well as discounts for certain attractions in Budapest with the Budapest Cards.

Budapest Christmas Market Opening 2015 BFTK

Budapest Christmas Market Opening 2015 BFTK

Programs during the first weekend in 2015

November 13 Friday
17:00 Benkő Zsolt
18:00 Jónás Vera
19:00 Marhy Barna
20:00 What’s up Pussycat?

November 14 Saturday
11:00 Bartha Tóni Puppet Show: Paprika Jancsi
12:30 Seedling
15:00 Tarján Veronika – Mogyoró Kornél: Frog King
16:00 Bogoz Band
17:00 Szombati-Stelli Gitár Duo
18:00 Innergarden
19:00 Dynamite Dudes
20:00 Havay Viki and the Horsa Banda Band

November 15 Sunday
11:00 Réparetekmogyoró Duo
12:30 MASZK Puppet Show
15:00 Fantáziamalom Family Theatre
16:00 Eszetrlánc Band
17:00 Folka Móka
18:00 PillanatmŰhely
19:00 Dobroda Band