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Budapest Xmas Events: shows, concerts, markets, etc.

Looking for things to do in Budapest during your Christmas Holiday? We have gathered the best Budapest events for the Christmas and New Year period.

Budapest Christmas Events

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 7pm to 10pm.

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

Nutcracker Budapest Opera House at Christmas

Nutcracker Budapest Opera House at Christmas

20 years with great success.

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.

25 December, 2 pm: Bubabal Folk Dance House (children’ dance house)

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 7pm – 10pm)

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.

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 2 pm in the fascinating building of the Puskin Film Theat

Budapest Christmas Market Folk Concert Hargittai

Budapest Christmas Market Folk Concert Hargittai

re (also on Dec 25 at 4pm)

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

Free Folk Concerts at Budapest Christmas Market

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

26 December, 7 pm: Bekas Folk Band

Address: Vorosmarty square District 5, Budapest

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Skating Rink Budapest
Parliament in winter Budapest

Parliament in winter Budapest – Neil Howard Photography

Budapest will be still festive on Boxing Day at Christmas. Many activities and places, like thermal baths, cruise ships, restaurants, bars, clubs are already back on track with weekend or normal opening hours on 26 Dec in Budapest, but most museums, and many shops are still typically closed on this day.

Never mind, Budapest is a place worth being explored even on a relaxed Christmas Day.

Christmas Markets on Dec 26 in Budapest

Even though, 2 days of the Christmas holidays are already behind us, it is never too late to spend a couple of hours in one of Europe’s best Christmas fairs while sipping a cup of wonderful, hot mulled wine, and admire authentic handmade souvenirs. Heart warming drinks and delicious hot meals will be served at both of the city’s major Christmas Markets, on Vorosmarty Square in the city centre and at St Stephen’s Basilica. 26 December will also feature the festive Xmas laser shows at the Basilica.

Budapest Christmas Market Night Winter Sights Hargittai

Budapest Christmas Market Night Winter Sights – Eszter Hargittai

If you are still looking for unique one-of-a-kind presents, these are the perfect places to find them.

1, Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market on Dec 26

Address: Vorosmarty Ter, District V

Opening hours on Dec 26: 10 am – 6 pm (handicrafts and food stalls)

2, St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market on Dec 26

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

Budapest Christmas Market Basilica

Budapest Christmas Market Basilica – photo by MPeti

Opening hours on Dec 26: 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.

Thermal Baths in Budapest on Dec 26

The main thermal baths of Budapest (Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Spa, Lukacs Baths, Rudas Baths and all their facilities are open during the Christmas Boxing Day, mostly from 6 am to 8 pm, small alterations are in various thermal baths. Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 6 pm.

Szechenyi Bath

As you can imagine massage appointments and private baths are absolutely booked up days or even weeks before the Dec 24 – 26 period, so if you want to make sure that you get a nice treatment, do book in advance.

Gellert Spa

Szechenyi Bath at Christmas

Szechenyi Bath – photo by Leon de Nemea

Should you wish to enjoy a nice and relaxing massage or to dip in the private bath of Gellert Spa during the Christmas holidays, we advise you to book it well in advance.

Dec 26 Danube Cruises in Budapest

Enjoy a Budapest Dinner Cruise on the Danube on Dec 26, and admire the wonderful winter panorama of Pest and Buda on the riverbanks. Do book your cruise seats as the boats are full house every year at Christmas.

On all dinner cruises, you can choose from several kinds of meals (meat dishes, vegetarian options, soups, salads, desserts), some are served, while others are all inclusive buffet dinner. While enjoying the dinner, you can take in the wonderful vista or you can listen to live music too.

Budapest Sightseeing Cruise by Matthias Church

Budapest Sightseeing Cruise by Matthias Church

Should you prefer to go on a daytime boat tour check out the Winter Cruise Calendar of Budapest with boat tours on the Danube that are available every day all year round: heated boats provide cozy seats.

Many of the cruises sell out well before December, so if you want to go for a cruise, try to book in advance.

Hungarian Folk Shows – 26 Dec Budapest

Enjoy a spectacular Hungarian Folk performance, and catch a glimpse of the country’s rich folklore traditions and passion for music and dance in a historical concert hall. The folk dance show is from 8 pm to 9:30 pm, performed in 2 shows with a break.

Hungarian folk show December

Hungarian folk show December

You can reserve the performance together with a lovely late night cruise starting at 22.00 at a discount price. This way you not only have a great program for a full evening but you pay less!

Christmas Concert on Dec 26 in the Liszt Music Academy Budapest

The world-famous Budapest Festival Orchestra performs their Budapest Christmas Concert on Dec 26, 2016.

Buda Castle Tours on Dec 26

The Buda Castle District in Budapest hosts some of the most popular sites in Budapest, which inevitably attracts tourists all year round. There are various winter Castle tours in the Buda Castle District, so you can check availability for a booking. It can be really cold during the Christmas

Buda Castle in winter snow

Buda Castle in winter – Neil Howard Photography

holidays, so get well dressed for a winter sightseeing walking tour. But as Budapest is known as the city of baths and spas,after a 2-hour long Budget Buda Castle Walking Tour what could feel better than relaxing in the pools of natural steaming hot water?

Segway Tours in Budapest on Dec 26

Should you wish to spare your legs from a walking tour, try a 1 or 2 hour long guided Segway Tour in Budapest as it is the perfect choice for beginners and savvy Segwayers alike.

You can choose from different Segway Tours in Budapest on December 26 (Segways will be quickly booked up!):

Public Transport in Budapest on 26th Dec

Christmas Streetcar Tram Fenyvillamos Budapest 2015

Christmas Tram Budapest Tibor Illyes / MTI Photo

On 26th December vehicles still run according to holiday schedule.

Tram 2, and some other trams are dressed in decorative lights during the Holiday Season with thousands of little led lights elevating the festive feelings in the city of Budapest.

The special holiday services normally operate between 4th December and 6th January (except for December 24, 25, 26 and 31). Please check the exact dates for the upcoming Christmas holiday with the Budapest Public Transport schedules (posted at metro stations or shared in little booklets / leaflets at the ticket offices at metro stations).

Gellert Spa Pool Budapest Winter Holiday

Gellert Spa – Miroslav Petrasko Photography

Opening Hours of Shops on 26 December

On Boxing Day all shops, supermarkets are closed. If you want to do some shopping, there are some groceries that operate 24/7 and have a special permit to stay open during the Christmas holidays.

Also, the food stalls, and several of the gift vendors at the Christmas markets are usually open.

Nutcracker is one of the most awaited shows every year in Budapest, whether you wish to see the classical ballet of Nutcracker story in the Hungarian Opera House and National Ballet Institute (the Opera House is home of both the operas and ballets), or the more contemporary ballet and theatre shows in the Palace of Arts in Budapest (MUPA for short).

Nutcracker Budapest Szeged Contemporary Ballet Dance

Nutcracker Budapest Szeged Contemporary Ballet Dance

The Palace of Arts has invited the renowned ballet company of Szeged town in Hungary to perform the ballet in a modern interpretation. Tickets are already on purchase on the official website of Mupa.hu.

Dates: Dec 22, 2016 and Dec 23, 2016

Szeged Contemporary Ballet: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Theatre Show in Palace of Arts Budapest

The Nutcracker Theatre Show in Palace of Arts Budapest