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Spending 2 January in Budapest will most definitely make you ready to start the new year in a good mood.

With the festive period behind us, the first days of the New Year are often result in some self-reflection which can easily spiral into the January blues. Let us help you beat this feeling.

Pick up some bargains, enjoy winter activities and make the most of this gloomy day!

Thermal Baths in Budapest on 2 January

Szechenyi Baths Budapest Winter by David Almeida

Szechenyi Baths Budapest Winter by David Almeida

What better way to start the new year than visiting one of the thermal baths of Budapest. They offer much more than just pools, there are saunas, steam baths, massage parlors as well as aqua-therapy etc.
Thermal baths are simply great ways to relax after a day of touring the city or after a busy year.

 

Budapest has a number of fantastic thermal baths, but  Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Spa, Lukacs Baths, and Rudas Baths are the most well-known ones. Book your fast track bath entry or your massage by clicking on any of the Budapest baths listed above.

River Danube Cruises on 2 January

River Danube Cruise Budapest in Winter

River Danube Cruise Budapest in Winter

Discover historic monuments, bridges and witness the stunning panorama of Budapest from the comfort of a ship on a daytime river cruise or try a wonderful and romantic dinner cruise where you can choose from several kinds of meals (meat dishes, vegetarian options, soups, salads, desserts).

Buda Castle Tours and Segway Tours on 2 January

The Buda Castle District in Budapest is always worth a visit, as it is full of medieval houses, crooked streets, cafes and restaurants, the whole area just oozes history.

There are all kinds of tours in the Buda Castle District in Budapest: walking tours, Segway tours, Private tours, and many more.

Budapest Winter in Buda Castle, the Hapsburg Gate

Winter in Buda Castle – Philippe Clabots Photography

Nowadays it is all about Segways, so why not try one of the Segway Tours in Budapest?

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 the 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!

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.

New Year Church Concert in Budapest

Concert at St Anne's Church in Budapest

Concert at St Anne’s Church in Budapest

New Year’s Church Concert in Budapest in St Anne’s Church in the city centre. Listen to the wonderfully evocative works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi while enjoying the baroque architecture of the recently restored St. Anna’s Church in Budapest’s city centre.

Just a walk away from most major hotels in Budapest from 7 pm on 29 December.

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 – 7 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 8 pm (food stalls)

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 – 10 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 10 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.

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 – 7 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 8 pm (food stalls)

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

 

 

 

 

11 Nov 2016

Dynamite Dudes

Dynamite Dudes Budapest Christmas Market

17:00 Folka Moka Folk band Christmas Concert
18:00 Csangallo Folk band Christmas Concert
19:00 Dynamite Dudes Street Band Christmas Concert
20:00 Budapest Show Choir Christmas Concert

12 Nov 2016

11:00 Opening
12:00 Tarsoly band, Lesko-Dely Tercia and Lesko Gábor folk band Christmas Concert
13:00 Mongoose Limit Pop Band Christmas Concert
14:00 Versi Varsa  Folk Band Christmas Concert
16:00 Hangacsi Marton Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
17:00 Old Suba & Fender Music Band for Children Christmas Concert
18:00 Szombati-Stelli Acoustic Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Havay Viki and the Horsa Folk Band Christmas Concert
20:00 SoulFool Pop Band Christmas Concert

13 Nov 2016

Mono Mano Band Budapest Christmas Market

Mono Mano Band Budapest Christmas Market

10:00 Mono Mano Music Band for Children Christmas Concert
11:30 Reparetekmogyoro Music Duo for Children Christmas Concert
14:00 Bubabal, children dance house
16:00 Beatus Paszabi bell ensemble Christmas Concert
17:00 Muriel pop-rock-funk-reggie band Christmas Concert
18:00 Dobroda Authentic Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Silence Fiction Jazz & Pop Band Christmas Concert

18 Nov 2016

17:00 Marthy Barna Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
18:00 Gauditorium Authentic Music Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Erdofu Authentic Music Band Christmas Concert
20:00 Kodachrome Guitar Duo Christmas Concert

19 Nov 2016

Maszk Puppet-show Budapest Christmas Market

Maszk Puppet-show Budapest Christmas Market

10:00 MASZK puppet-show
11:30 Fantaziamalom
14:00 Palanta
17:00 Mirna band Christmas Concert
18:00 Eszterlanc band Christmas Concert
19:00 Voice Drops vocal ensemble Christmas Concert
20:00 Swing a’la Django Christmas Concert

20 Nov 2016

10:00 Bartha Toni’s puppet-show
11:30 Marcipan Cica
14:00 Porteka theater
16:00 Beatus paszabi bell ensemble Christmas Concert
17:00 Szeder sanzon Christmas Concert
18:00 Dynamite Dudes Street Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Bacso band Christmas Concert

25 Nov 2016

Miklos Kornyei Guitarist Budapest Christmas Market

Miklos Kornyei Guitarist Budapest Christmas Market

16:00 Miklos Kornyei Guitarist Christmas Concert
17:00 Szeder band Christmas Concert
18:00 Hangacsi Marton Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
19:00 Kodachrome Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
20:00 Dromara band Christmas Concert

26 Nov 2016

10:00 Reparetekmogyoro Children Music Duo Christmas Concert
11:30 Marcipan Cica
14:00 Porteka theater
17:00 Bogdan Norbert Christmas Concert
18:00 Szombati-Stelli Acoustic Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Havay Viki and the Fakutya Folk Band Christmas Concert
20:00 Intermezzo Christmas Concert

27 Nov 2016

Dobroda Band Budapest Christmas Market

Dobroda Band Budapest Christmas Market

10:00 Mono Mano Children Music Band Christmas Concert
11:30 Versi Varsa Folk Band Christmas Concert
14:00 Bubabal children dance house
15:00 Beatus paszabi bell ensemble Christmas Concert
16:00 Advent Candle lighting, Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Red Cross Cantarini
17:00 Innergarden Christmas Concert
18:00 Dobroda Authentic Band Christmas Concert
19:00 SoulFool Pop Band Christmas Concert

02 Dec 2016

17:00 Jonas Vera Christmas Concert
18:00 Folka Moka band Christmas Concert
19:00 Horvath Balint and Petruska Christmas Concert
20:00 Pillanatmuvek Christmas Concert

03 Dec 2016

Bartha Toni's Puppet-Show Budapest Christmas Market

Bartha Toni’s Puppet-Show Budapest Christmas Market

10:00 Bartha Toni’s puppet-show
11:30 Marcipan Cica
14:00 Reparetekmogyoro Children Music Duo Christmas Concert
17:00 Bacsó band Christmas Concert
18:00 Szombati-Stelli Acoustic Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Babarci Bulcsu Christmas Concert
20:00 Muriel pop-rock-funk-reggie band Christmas Concert

04 Dec 2016

10:00 MASZK puppet-show
11:30 Sun stage
14:00 Fantaziamalom
16:00 Advent Candle lighting, Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Red Cross Cantarini
17:00 Magyar-Kardos duo Christmas Concert
18:00 Eszterlanc Christmas Concert
19:00 Butterfly Effect Christmas Concert

05 Dec 2016

17:00 Folka Moka folk band Christmas Concert
18:00 Mirna band Christmas Concert
19:00 Budafolk Band Christmas Concert

06 Dec 2016

Budapest Show Choir

Budapest Show Choir

16:00 Joulupukki-Mikulas
17:00 Budapest Show Choir Christmas Concert
18:00 Pillanatmuvek Christmas Concert
19:00 Wendy DeWitt Duo Christmas Concert

07 Dec 2016

17:00 Silence Fiction Jazz & Pop Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Kodachrome Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Fortissimo band Christmas Concert

08 Dec 2016

17:00 Indian Joe Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Magyar-Kardos duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Innergarden Christmas Concert

09 Dec 2016

17:00 Erdofu Authentic Music Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Zara Trio Christmas Concert
19:00 Havay Viki and the Fakutya Folk Band Christmas Concert
20:00 Swing a’la Django Christmas Concert

10 Dec 2016

11:00 Nagykun Folk Dance Ensemble
14:00 Nagykun Folk Dance Ensemble
16:00 Halmos Fatime – Feher Elemer duo Christmas Concert
17:00 Marthy Barna Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
18:00 Csangallo Christmas Concert
19:00 PetraNoraMusic Christmas Concert
20:00 SoulFool Pop Band Christmas Concert

11 Dec 2016

Christmas Market Budapest

Christmas Market Budapest

10:00 Bartha Toni’s puppet show
11:30 Palanta
14:00 Bubabal children dance house
16:00 Advent Candle lighting, Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Red Cross Cantarini
17:00 Eles Gabor duo Christmas Concert
18:00 Dobroda Authentic Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Brass Show

12 Dec 2016

17:00 Szeder Sanzon Christmas Concert
18:00 Hajdu Klara Olah Krisztian Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Budafolk Band Christmas Concert

13 Dec 2016

Budapest Christmas Concert Stage

Budapest Christmas Concert Stage

17:00 Jazzation Christmas Concert
18:00 Petruska Christmas Concert
19:00 Eszterlanc band Christmas Concert

14 Dec 2016

17:00 Dynamite Dudes Street Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Jonas Vera Christmas Concert
19:00 Roma Hungaricum Christmas Concert

15 Dec 2016

17:00 Hangacsi Marton Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
18:00 Zara Trio Christmas Concert
19:00 Budapest Show Korus Christmas Concert

16 Dec 2016

Szeder Band Budapest Christmas Market

Szeder Band Budapest Christmas Market

17:00 Benko Zsolt Christmas Concert
18:00 Babarci Bulcsu Christmas Concert
19:00 Szeder band Christmas Concert
20:00 Dromara band Christmas Concert

17 Dec 2016

10:00 Reparetekmogyoro Children Music Duo Christmas Concert
11:30 Fantaziamalom
14:00 Palanta
16:00 Mongoose Limit Pop band Christmas Concert
17:00 Marthy Barna Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
18:00 Szombati-Stelli Acoustic Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Eles Gabor Duo Christmas Concert
20:00 Intermezzo band Christmas Concert

18 Dec 2016

10:00 Maszk puppet-show
11:30 Porteka theater
14:00 Versi Varsa Folk Band Christmas Concert
16:00 Advent Candle lighting, Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Red Cross Cantarini
17:00 Voice Drops Christmas Concert
18:00 Dobroda Authentic Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Brass Show

19 Dec 2016

16:00 Varga Oszkar and his band Christmas Concert
17:00 Folka Moka band Christmas Concert
18:00 Indian Joe Christmas Concert
19:00 Budafolk Band Christmas Concert

20 Dec 2016

17:00 Benko Zsolt Christmas Concert
18:00 Old Suba & Fender Children Music Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Dynamite Dudes Street Band Christmas Concert

21 Dec 2016

17:00 Szeder Sanzon Christmas Concert
18:00 Gauditorium Authentic Music Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Sarik Peter Trio Christmas Concert

22 Dec 2016

17:00 Mirna band Christmas Concert
18:00 Hajdu Klara Oláh Krisztián Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Havay Viki and the Fakutya Folk Band Christmas Concert

23 Dec 2016

Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market

17:00 Jonas Vera Christmas Concert
18:00 Bacso Banda Christmas Concert
19:00 Petruska Christmas Concert
20:00 Butterfly Effect Christmas Concert

24 Dec 2016

10:00 Bartha Toni’s puppet-show
11:30 Porteka theater Christmas Concert

25 Dec 2016

10:00 Versi Varsa Folk Band Christmas Concert
11:30 Fantaziamalom
14:00 Bubabal children dance house
17:00 Magyar-Kardos Duo Christmas Concert
18:00 Kodachrome Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Harmonia Garden Christmas Concert

26 Dec 2016

17:00 Old Suba & Fender Children Music Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Fourtissimo Christmas Concert
19:00 Bekas band Christmas Concert

27 Dec 2016

17:00 Petruska Christmas Concert
18:00 Bekas band Christmas Concert
19:00 Instant Solution Christmas Concert

28 Dec 2016

17:00 Zara Trio Christmas Concert
18:00 Benkő Zsolt Christmas Concert
19:00 SoulFool Pop Band Christmas Concert

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): Budapest Dinner Cruises

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 – 8 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 9 pm (food stalls)

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 – 9 pm (food and handicraft stalls) with laser show every half an hour between 4.30 pm and 8 pm on the Basilica’s facade.