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

November 13. Friday
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
18:00   Jónás Vera
19:00   Marhy Barna
20:00   Mi van, Cicus!? / What’s up KittyCat?

November 14. Saturday
11:00   Bartha Tóni bábszínháza: Paprika Jancsi / Puppet Show
12:30   Palánta
15:00   Tarján Veronika – Mogyoró Kornél: Kuruttyoló Békakirály / Croaking Frog King
16:00   Bogoz zenekar / Band
17:00   Szombati-Stelli Gitár Duo
18:00   Innergarden
19:00   Dynamite Dudes
20:00   Havay Viki és a  Horsa Banda

November 15. Sunday
11:00   Réparetekmogyoró Duo
12:30   MASZK Bábszínház / Puppet Show
15:00   Fantáziamalom Családi Színház / Family Theatre
16:00   Eszetrlánc Zenekar / Band
17:00   Folka Móka
18:00   PillanatmŰhely
19:00   Dobroda zenekar / Band

November 20. Friday
17:00   Kardos-Magyar Duo
18:00   Fourtunes
19:00   Dynamite Dudes
20:00   Szeder-Szabó Krisztina

November 21. Saturday
11:00   Mono Manó zenekar “Száll a dal” interaktív zenés gyerekműsor
12:30   Takáts Eszter gyerekkoncert / Children’s Concert
15:00   Portéka Színpad / Theatre
16:00   Old Suba & Fender
17:00   Havay Viki és a Fakutya
18:00   Hangácsi Márton
19:00   Hajdú Klára & Oláh Krisztián Duo
20:00   Butterfly Effect

November 22. Sunday
11:00   MASZK Bábszínház / Puppet Show
12:30   Madárdal zenekar gyerekkoncert / Children’s Concert with Bird Song Band
15:00   Bóbita zenekar / Band
16:00   Hebenstreit Duo feat. David Schwartz
17:00   Innergarden
18:00   PillanatmŰhely
19:00   SoulFool Band

November 27. Friday
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
18:00   Marthy Barna
19:00   Kodachrome
20:00   Silence Fiction

November 28. Saturday
11:00   Mono Manó zenekar “Száll a dal” interaktív zenés gyerekműsor / Interactive child show with music with the Mono Mano Band
12:30   Madárdal zenekar gyerekkoncert / Children’s Concert with Bird Song Band
15:00   Bóbita zenekar / Band
16:00   MÁTÉ
17:00   Hajdú Klára & Oláh Krisztián Duo
18:00   Várallyay Petra Trio
19:00   Indian Joe Band
20:00   SoulFool Band

November 29. Sunday
11:00   Tarján Veronika – Mogyoró Kornél: Kuruttyoló Békakirály / Croaking Frog King
12:30   Réparetekmogyoró Duo
15:00   Ágoston Béla és Versi Varsa
16:00   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás, Budapesti Énekes Iskola kórusa / / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles + Choir of Budapest Singing School
17:00   Kardos-Magyar Duo
18:00   PillanatmŰhely
19:00   Dobroda zenekar / Band

December 4. Friday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Marthy Barna
18:00   Eszterlánc zenekar / Band
19:00   PetraNoraMusic
20:00   Silence Fiction

December 5.Saturday
11:00   Bartha Tóni bábszínháza: Paprika Jancsi  / Puppet Show
12:30   Palánta
15:00   Madárdal zenekar gyerekkoncert / Children’s Concert with Bird Song Band
16:00   „Beatus” paszabi csengettyűegyüttes / Bell Band
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Fourtunes
18:00   Havay Viki és a Fakutya
19:00   Szeder
20:00   Speer Brass Band

December 6. Sunday
10:00 – 11:30  Finn Joulupukki / Finnish Santa Claus
14:00 – 16:00  Magyar Mikulás / Hungarian Santa Claus
16:00   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás, Magyar Vöröskereszt Canterino kórusa / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles + Hungarian Red Cross Canterino Choir
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Folka Móka
18:00   Szeder-Szabó Krisztina
19:00   Instant Solution

December 7.  Monday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Old Suba & Fender
18:00   Hangácsi Márton
19:00   Dobroda zenekar

December 8.  Tuesday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
18:00   Budafolk Band
19:00   Kodachrome

December 9. Wednesday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Takáts Eszter
18:00   Petruska András
19:00   Silence Fiction

December 10. Thursday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Hangácsi Márton
18:00   Budafolk Band
19:00   Szeder-Szabó Krisztina

December 11. Friday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Mi van, Cicus!? / What’s up Kitty Cat?
18:00   Várallyay Petra Trio
19:00   Babarci Bulcsú

December 12. Saturday
11:00   Bartha Tóni bábszínháza: Paprika Jancsi / Puppet Show
12:30   Fantáziamalom / Fantasy Mill
15:00   Ágoston Béla és Versi Varsa
16:00   „Beatus” paszabi csengettyűegyüttes / Bell Band
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Szombati-Stelli Gitár Duo
18:00   Marthy Barna
19:00   PetraNoraMusic
20:00   SoulFool Band

December 13. Sunday
11:00   MASZK Bábszínház / Puppet Show
12:30   Portéka Színpad / Theatre
15:00   Bóbita zenekar / Band
16:00   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás, Budapest Show kórus
17:00   Hajdú Klára & Oláh Krisztián duo
18:00   Gauditórium
19:00   Silence Fiction
20:00   Speer Brass Band

December 14. Monday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Indián Joe Band
18:00   Dynamite Dudes
19:00   Takáts Eszter
20:00   Dobroda zenekar / Band

December 15. Tuesday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Jónás Vera
18:00   Tükezoo
19:00   Budafolk Band
20:00   Szeder

December 16. Wednesday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Jász – Hebenstreit Duo feat. Herbert Shaw
18:00   Eszterlánc zenekar / Band
19:00   Petruska András
20:00   Budapest Show kórus / Choir

December 17. Thursday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Havay Viki és a  Horsa Banda
18:00   Budafolk Band
19:00   Hangácsi Márton
20:00   Instant Solution

December 18. Friday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Indian Joe Band
18:00   Fourtunes
19:00   PetraNoraMusic
20:00   Dobroda zenekar / Band

December 19. Saturday
11:00   MASZK bábszínház / Puppet Show
12:30   Palánta
15:00   Portéka Színpad / Theatre
16:00   „Beatus” paszabi csengettyűegyüttes / Bell Band
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás
17:00   Hajdú Klára & Oláh Krisztián Duo
18:00   Tükezoo
19:00   Magyarvista Social Club

December 20. Sunday
11:00   Bartha Tóni bábszínháza: Paprika Jancsi / Puppet Show
12:30   Madárdal zenekar / Concert with Bird Song Band
15:00   Réparetekmogyoró Duo
16:00   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás, Budapest Show kórus
17:00   Marthy Barna
18:00   Jónás Vera
19:00   SoulFool Orchestra

December 21. Monday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Öreg Suba & Fender
18:00   Petruska András
19:00   Kardos-Magyar Duo

December 22. Tuesday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
17:00   Szeder-Szabó Krisztina
18:00   Bogoz zenekar / Band
19:00   Kodachrome

December 23. Wednesday
16:45   Fanfárok, Adventi gyertyagyújtás / Fanfares, Lighting the Advent Candles
17:00   Benkő Zsolt
18:00   Dynamite Dudes
19:00   Budapest Show kórus / Choir

December 24. Thursday
11:00   Takáts Eszter
12:30   Palánta

December 26. Saturday

16:00   „Beatus” paszabi csengettyűegyüttes / Bell Band
17:00   Budapest Show kórus / Choir

December 27. Sunday
11:00   Fantáziamalom Fantasy Mill
12:30   Réparetekmogyoró Duo
15:00   Veronika – Mogyoró Kornél: Kuruttyoló Békakirály / Croaking Frog King
16:00   Csernus Szilvia
17:00   Folka Móka
18:00   Tükezoo
19:00   Butterfly Effect

December 28. Monday
17:00   Szeder
18:00   Innergarden
19:00   Instant Solution

December 29. Tuesday
17:00   Petruska András
18:00   Gauditórium
19:00   SoulFool Band

Budapest celebrates Christmas Day with several nice events. Take a look at the Dec 26 concerts and events with music in the city. Booking in advance is strongly recommended as all festive programs in the city sell out by about mid December:

Budapest Dec 26 concerts

Budapest Dec 26 concerts

Opera House in Budapest: the Hungarian State Opera House features its traditional Christmas ballet program on Boxing Day:

11 am, Dec 26: Nutcracker Ballet – Tchaikovsky in the Opera House, Budapest

7pm, Dec 26 Short, Italian Operas in Erkel Theatre, Budapest. Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi will be shown at the Erkel Theatre on December 19, 26 and 30.

Hungarian Folk Music and Dance Show – Dec 26 (also on Dec 28 and Dec 29) (the folk show is available in a package deal with a cruise on the Danube )

Bar Piano Battle concert on the Budapest Christmas Dinner Cruise with Piano Music (6.30 pm – 9.30 pm)

Live Gypsy Music on the Budapest Dinner Cruise with Gypsy Music – Dinner Cruise with Gypsy Music and Buffet Dinner (7 pm – 8.30 pm)

Live Salon Music on the A La Carte Cruise in Budapest on Dec 26 (7 pm – 9.30 pm)

For more concert dates see the Dec 24 Budapest activities and the Dec 25 things to do in Budapest pages.

Budapest celebrates Christmas Day with several nice concerts. Take a look at the Dec 25 concerts in the city:

Dec 25 Christmas Concerts Budapest

Dec 25 Christmas Concerts Budapest

You can enjoy the festive concerts by the best Budapest has to offer in the Hungarian State Opera House:
11 am – 13:45 pm, Dec 25: Nutcracker Ballet Show in the Budapest Opera House (performed over 20 years at the Opera)

11 am The Magic Flute re-written for Kids (Hu)  in the Budapest Erkel Theatre (tickets available from Opera.hu)

2pm Screening of the Nutcracker Ballet in the Royal Opera House in the fascinating building of the Puskin Film Theatre (also on Dec 24 and Dec 26 at 2pm)

7 pm – 9:55 pm, Dec 25: La Boheme  in the Budapest Opera House(tickets available from Opera.hu)
8 pm Danube Palace Symphony Concert with Chamber Orchestra

For more concert dates see the Dec 24 Budapest activities and the Dec 26 things to do in Budapest pages.

Related Information on Dec 25 Concerts:

Light music concerts are typically scheduled later, in early or mid December.

Instant Club on Dec 25: funky music with disco – one of Budapest’s popular ruin bar

Cafe Lado: Jazz and Swing evening

Spinoza Theatre: Klezmer Music

December 24, the day of Christmas Eve is one of the Christmas holidays in Budapest when most locals are all day preparing for the evening family gathering. The day of December 24 is a split day: although the morning of Dec 24 is like a busy weekday with shops open, people running last minute errands until noon or 2 pm.

Nutcracker Show in Budapest

Nutcracker Show in Budapest

In the afternoon the streets are starting to get visibly lacking in the Christmas crowds, and by around 4pm, when the last metros run their routes (later replaced with temporary buses), the streets of Budapest get quiet and festive.

Officially Dec 24 is not a public holiday, but practically it is from the afternoon. Several attractions (museums, shops, markets) are closed, but there are still many things to do to make Dec 24 a fantastic day. We have collected some ideas and activities for you for Dec 24 to make it a great day:

Baths in Budapest on December 24

Szechenyi Baths at Christmas – open on December 24 until 2 pm (based on previous years’ opening hours).

Szechenyi Baths Budapest Christmas Winter Holiday

Szechenyi Baths Budapest Winter – James Guppy Photography

The open air thermal pools give a special winter bath experience.
Instead of the usual opening hours, the baths are open for shorter hours, from approx. 8 am to 2 pm  on December 24. Weekend prices are charged, queues may build up (check out the skip the line online Szechenyi Bath tickets)

Gellert Spa – open on December 24 until 2 pm (based on previous years’ opening hours).

Instead of the usual opening hours, the baths are open for shorter hours, from approx. 8 am to 2 pm  on December 24. Weekend prices are charged (Gellert Spa Tickets)

Lukacs Baths – open on December 24 until 2 pm (based on previous years’ opening hours).

December Bath Party Szechenyi Spa Baths Budapest

December Bath Party Szechenyi Spa Baths

The open air thermal pools give a special winter bath experience.
Instead of the usual opening hours, the baths are open for shorter hours, from approx. 8 am to 2 pm on December 24.
There is free entrance to Lukacs thermal bath with Budapest Card (day time only, not valid for the Magic Bath Parties)

The Turkish Baths in Budapest, Kiraly Baths and Rudas Baths are also usually open on Dec 25.

 

Christmas Panorama in Budapest

 

Budapest Fisherman's Bastion in Winter

Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion in Winter – Kofahu Photography

Fisherman’s Bastion is a perfect place to take in the beautiful winter views of the UNESCO World Heritage sights in Budapest. The bastion is an open lookout tower with open and roofed terraces and walls. Only the upper towers have coin operated turnstiles, so you can practically see the sights free of charge, even on December 24.

Citadel on the top of Gellert Hill has also open, free spaces, which provide excellent views over the city. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the top of the hill. The uphill walk for an average person in good physical condition should not be a problem (wear comfortable shoes). Note: the bus timetable on Dec 24 shows infrequent buses.

Christmas Tram in Budapest: usually the Christmas tram (Fenyvillamos in Hungarian) does not run on Dec 24 and Dec 31 evening, but you can take a Christmas ride on December 25 or December 26. Schedules of the Christmas Streetcar are usually published in early December.

For winter walks in the city, put on warm clothes, boots and hat.

Concerts & Shows in Budapest

Nutcracker in Hungarian Opera House at Budapest Christmas

Nutcracker in Hungarian Opera House at Budapest Christmas

There are some nice concerts on Dec 25 in Budapest. The classical concerts have already been scheduled, light music concerts are typically scheduled later, in early or mid December.
11 am – 13:45 pm, Dec 24: Nutcracker Ballet Show in the Budapest Opera House

6 pm – 8 pm Dec 24:  the Budapest Christmas Eve night river cruise with 4 Course Dinner served at your table will feature a live Bar Piano battle concert with songs.

 

6 pm – 8 pm Dec 24: As part of the Christmas Eve night river cruise with Buffet Dinner, you can listen to live concert played by a Hungarian Gypsy Band on the Budapest Christmas Eve Cruise.

6 pm – Dec 24 offers a nice Classical Music concert in the Inner City St Anne’s Church on Szervita Square, District V in Budapest’s city centre. The  Christmas Eve Concert will feature Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Gounod, Albinoni, Schubert pieces. If you want to go on celebrating, you may take the Christmas Eve cruise starting at 9 pm:

9 pm – 11 pm Dec 24: As part of the Christmas Eve night river cruise with Buffet Dinner, you can listen to live concert played by a Hungarian Gypsy Band on the Budapest Christmas Eve Cruise.

Christmas Eve concerts in Budapest – enjoy the elevated music in a church setting to feel the real core of Christmas

The list is continuously updated, so please check back later for further ideas.

Dec 24 Midnight Masses in Budapest

Participate in the Midnight Mass in Budapest in St Stephen’s Basilica or Matthias Church, two of the outstanding churches (there are many beautiful churches in Budapest!). Christmas music and spirit will fill the century old halls of the churches. Join the locals to celebrate the Eve together.

Budapest St Stephen Basilica Mass

Budapest St Stephen Basilica Mass – Philippe Clabots Photography

 

Christmas Cruise in Budapest on December 24

Budapest Chain Bridge in Snow

Budapest Chain Bridge in Snow – Mispahn Photography

The early sunset on Dec 24 is around 4 pm, so you can practically see the night lights from  both Christmas Eve cruises on the Danube. There are much fewer cruises in winter in Budapest, and the seats are absolutely booked up for the Christmas holiday (Dec 24 – Dec 26). Book in advance while you can.

2 pm Sightseeing Cruise with Audio Commentary on Danube Bella panorama boat 2pm Budapest Cruise

6 – 8 pm Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise with live music, served dinner of 4 courses in a festive atmosphere

9 – 11 pm Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise with live music, served dinner of 4 courses in a festive atmosphere

Sorry, the popular Budapest a la carte dinner cruise does not run on Dec 24.

Budapest Winter Cruise on Danube

Budapest Winter Cruise – Marta Troicka Photography

Parks in Budapest in Winter

Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle in Winter

Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle in Winter – Quintanaroo Photography

There are two beautiful parks worth visiting in December in Budapest, if you have a pair of comfortable waterproof shoes. One of them is the City Park with several open air attractions to look at, and the other one is the island in the Danube, between Buda and Pest called Margaret Island. Both are open parks, without fences, open on Dec 24.

The City Park is the home of special sights, like the 19th century Vajdahunyad Castle: the castle itself is closed on Dec 24, but the gates to the courts are not. Take a look around, walk on the grounds, see the hooded statue of the Hungarian chronicler, Anonymous or the bust of Bela Lugosi, Dracula actor. Opposite the Castle, you can see the Ice Rink Palace (the Ice Rink might be open on Dec 24 in the morning hours). These sights are a minute only from the Hungarian Millennium Monument on Heroes’ Square, you may already be familiar with from Budapest guide books.

Margaret Island may not have castles just ruins, but if you love nature in winter, it is a nice and romantic place to feel the fresh air and tranquility.

The entry to Margaret Island is free, the park is open in winter too.

Margaret Island Winter Budapest Viztorony

Margaret Island Winter Budapest – Viztorony Photography (Indaphoto)

 

City Park in Winter Budapest

City Park in Winter – Istvan Csuhai Photography

Closed Attractions in Budapest on Dec 24

Museums, galleries, Christmas markets, shops are often closed on Christmas Eve day (Dec 24). Also, many tours in Budapest are cancelled on this day.

Major attractions that are closed on Dec 24:

The list of closed attractions in Budapest is incomplete, please inquire at the contact emails / phone numbers of each attraction, as planning ahead in winter Budapest is wise to avoid getting cold  / catching cold.

December 25, Christmas Day is one of the Christmas holidays in Budapest when several attractions (museums, shops, markets) are closed, making it a bit of a challenge to plan a great day. We have collected some ideas and activities for you for Dec 25 to make it a great day:

Budapest Winter Buda Castle Hill

Budapest Winter Buda Castle Hill – Rachel Titiriga Photography

Baths in Budapest on December 25

Szechenyi Baths – open on December 25.

The open air thermal pools give a special winter bath experience.
Instead of the usual opening hours, the baths are open for shorter hours, from approx. 8 am to 8 pm. Weekend prices are charged, queues may build up (Szechenyi Bath tickets)

Budapest Szechenyi Baths in Winter Dec 26

Budapest Szechenyi Baths in Winter – Natalie Wilson Photography

Gellert Spa – open on December 25.

Instead of the usual opening hours, the baths are open for shorter hours, from approx. 8 am to 8 pm. Weekend prices are charged (Gellert Spa Tickets)

Lukacs Baths – open on December 25.

The open air thermal pools give a special winter bath experience.
Instead of the usual opening hours, the baths are open for shorter hours, from approx. 8 am to 8 pm.
There is free entrance to Lukacs thermal bath with Budapest Card.

The Turkish Baths in Budapest, Kiraly Baths and Rudas Baths are also usually open on Dec 25.

 

Winter Views in Budapest

Budapest Fishermans Bastion Winter

Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion Winter – Philippe Clabots Photography

Fisherman’s Bastion is a perfect place to take in the beautiful winter views of the UNESCO World Heritage sights in Budapest. The bastion is an open lookout tower with open and roofed terraces and walls. Only the upper towers have coin operated turnstiles, so you can practically see the sights free of charge. There is a beautiful restaurant inside Fisherman’s Bastion, but it is closed on Dec 25.

Citadel on the top of Gellert Hill has also open, free spaces, which provide excellent views over the city. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the top of the hill. The uphill walk for an average person in good physical condition should not be a problem (wear comfortable shoes). Note: the bus timetable on Dec 25 shows less frequent buses.

Christmas Tram in Budapest: every year there is a nicely decorated Christmas streetcar / tram running along by the riverside in Budapest. Schedules have not been updated for this year yet, but Tram 19 on the Buda side (Batthyany Square) will likely take passengers on an afternoon Christmas ride on December 25.

For winter walks in the city, put on warm clothes, boots and hat.

Winter Buda Castle Hill

Winter Buda Castle Hill – Neil Howard Photography

Concerts & Shows in Budapest

Nutcracker Cave in Budapest Opera House at Christmas

Nutcracker Cave in Budapest Opera House at Christmas

There are some nice concerts on Dec 25 in Budapest. The Christmas Day classical concerts have already been scheduled, light music concerts are typically scheduled later, in early or mid December. In addition you can enjoy the festive shows by the best Budapest has to offer:
11 am – 13:45 pm, Dec 25: Nutcracker Ballet Show in the Budapest Opera House (performed over 20 years at the Opera)

7 pm – 9:55 pm, Dec 25: The Magic Flute  in the Budapest Opera House (tickets available from Opera.hu)
8 pm Danube Palace Symphony Concert with Chamber Orchestra

Budapest Opera House

Budapest Opera House – Miroslav Petrasko Photography

Christmas Cruise in Budapest on December 25

Budapest Winter Danube

Budapest Winter Danube

The early sunset on Dec 25 is around 4 pm, so you can practically see the night lights from a late afternoon cruise on the Danube. There are much fewer cruises in winter in Budapest, and the seats are easily booked up for Dec 25. Reserve in advance while you can. Dinner cruises on the Danube in Budapest are especially popular

2 pm Sightseeing Cruise with Audio Commentary on Danube Bella panorama boat

6:30 pm Sightseeing Cruise with Audio Commentary on Danube Legenda panorama boat

7 pm Dinner Cruise: A La Carte Christmas Dinner Cruise on Legenda Boat (book while you can). 2.5 hour dinner on Danube. One of the best in romantic, elegant and delicious category.

7 pm Dinner Cruise: Buffet Style Dinner Christmas Cruise on Millennium Boat. 1.5 hour dinner boat on Danube

10 pm Dinner Cruise: Buffet Style Dinner Christmas Cruise on Millennium Boat. 1.5 hour dinner boat on Danube

Budapest Winter Cruise on Danube

Budapest Winter Cruise – Marta Troicka Photography

Parks in Budapest in Winter

Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle in Winter

Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle in Winter – Quintanaroo Photography

There are two beautiful parks worth visiting in winter Budapest. One of them is the City Park with several open air attractions to look at, and the other one is the island between Buda and Pest, Margaret Island. Both are open parks, without fences.

The City Park is the home of special sights, like the Vajdahunyad Castle: the castle is closed on Dec 25, but the gates are not. Take a look around, walk on the grounds, see the beautiful hooded statue of the Hungarian chronicler called Anonymous. Opposite the Vajdahunyad Castle, you can see the Ice Rink Palace (the Ice Rink might be open on Dec 25). These sights are a minute only from the Hungarian Millennium Monument on Heroes’ Square, you may already be familiar with from

Margaret Island may not have castles just ruins, but if you love nature in winter, it is a nice and romantic place to feel the fresh air and tranquility.

The entry to Margaret Island is free, the park is open in winter too.

City Park Winter Budapest

City Park Winter Budapest – Istvan Csuhai Photography

City Park in Winter Budapest

City Park in Winter – Istvan Csuhai Photography

Closed Attractions in Budapest on Dec 25

Museums, galleries, Christmas markets, shops are closed on Christmas Day (Dec 25). Many tours in Budapest are cancelled on this day.

Major attractions that are closed on Dec 25: