All posts tagged Budapest Christmas 2013

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

In 2014 there will be several bath parties in Budapest in two of the outstanding thermal baths of the city. The must go NYE party is definitely the NYE Sparty in Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi Baths Party Budapest NYE Sparty

Szechenyi Baths Party Budapest NYE Sparty

December 30, is the day of the much awaited pre New Year’s Eve party, now you can be part of one of the biggest Cinetrip bath party in Budapest winter season.

Big smile Budapest Sparty Cinetrip Szechenyi Bath

Big Smile at Budapest Sparty Cinetrip Szechenyi Bath

The pre New Year Party in Szechenyi Baths will rock the nightlife of Budapest with people party under the steam clouds and in the hot spring waters. Laser rays will zigzag and paint the walls with astonishing colours. Having doubts about the cold in winter time? The water is warm! :)

Other December bath party venues are not in Szechenyi Baths. Instead the venue is the smaller and more cozy Lukacs Baths.

Booking Tickets for the Winter Bath Party in Budapest: learn about the details, prices, location, FAQ

You could get easily warmed up for Budapest New Year’s Eve with a great party / sparty. Don’t forget your pair of flip flops, a nice and warm beach towel (you can also buy a Sparty towel on the spot though).

Szechenyi Bath Party Budapest

Szechenyi Bath Party Budapest

Booking online in advance is recommended. Every online ticket includes a locker with a lock. Bonus tickets come with a tiny little changing room called cabin, which you can use for your privacy and lock / unlock with your high tech electronic wrist band.

Party Hours: from 10:30 pm to 3:30 am

Cinetrip was 15 years old and its Cinetrip birthday party is at Szechenyi Baths in 2012.

Have fun in Budapest!

On December 30, 2017, you can be part of one of the biggest Cinetrip bath parties in Budapest, the pre New Year’s Eve pool sparty in Szechenyi Baths.

Cinetrip Future Disco Budapest Szechenyi Baths

Cinetrip Future Disco Budapest Szechenyi Baths

You could get easily warmed up for Budapest New Year’s Eve with a great party / sparty. Don’t forget your flip flops, and a thick towel big enough to cover you well (there are a few meters between the pool and the building to run). :)

Buying tickets for the New Year Party
Bonus tickets include Sparty towels, and some drinks too.

NYE Sparty Ticket Prices 2017

Single Ticket: €60
Single Premium: €70 with 2 Drink Coupons
Single Premium Priority: €75 with 2 Drink Coupons and Fast Track Entry
Single Premium Ultimate: €85 with 2 Drink Coupons, Fast Track Entry, 1 Bath Party Towel and 1 Tote Bag

Duo Ticket: €120 for 2 people
Duo Premium: €140 for 2 people with 5 Drink Coupons
Duo Premium Priority: €150 for 2 people with 5 Drink Coupons and Fast Track Entry
Duo Premium Ultimate: €170 for 2 people with 5 Drink Coupons, Fast Track Entry, 2 Bath Party Towels and 2 Tote Bags

Trio Ticket: €180 for 3 people with 1 Cabin
Trio Premium: €210 for 3 people with 1 Cabin and 7 Drink Coupons
Trio Premium Priority: €225 for 3 people with 1 Cabin, 7 Drink Coupons and Fast Track Entry
Trio Premium Ultimate: €255 for 3 people with 1 Cabin, 7 Drink Coupons, Fast Track Entry, 3 Bath Party Towels and 3 Tote Bags

Buying Bath Party Tickets Online

Booking online in advance: party tickets are limited.

DJs at Cinetrip Sparties

Cinetrip sparty DJs feature the best Hungarian DJs, and often foreign DJs show their talents at the parties. The most well known DJs in Hungary are: Palotai, Titusz, Superman, Waxman, Marvin, Crimson, Kevin, Naga, Kaszi

Brief Cinetrip Party History

Cinetrip is over 15 years old and its parties are absolutely stunning. More and more young people take a party weekend break in Budapest just to be part of this special experience.

Cinetrip parties have been in many Budapest baths and in other venues too.

Summer parties are in Szechenyi Baths, autumn, winter and spring parties in Lukacs Baths.

There are two Cinetrip parties in Budapest every year, one in summer (August) and one in winter (December).

The founding father is Laszlo Laki

Winter time? The water is warm! :)

Hours: from 10:30 pm to 3 am

Have fun in Budapest!

December 26 is one of the Christmas holidays in Budapest when many places of interest 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 26:

Budapest Winter Buda Castle Hill

Budapest Winter Buda Castle Hill – Rachel Titiriga Photography

Baths in Budapest on December 26

Szechenyi Baths – open on December 26.

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

Budapest Szechenyi Baths in Winter Dec 26

Budapest Szechenyi Baths in Winter – Natalie Wilson Photography

Gellert Spa – open on December 26.

Instead of the usual opening hours, the baths are open for shorter hours, from approx. 8 am to 8 pm

Lukacs Baths – open on December 26.

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 26.

 

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 26.

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).

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 2013 yet, but Tram 19 on the Buda side (Batthyany Square) will likely take passengers on an afternoon Christmas ride.

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 26 in Budapest. The classical concerts have already been scheduled, light music concerts are typically scheduled later, in early or mid December.

7:45 pm, Dec 26: Budapest Festival Orchestra concert in Budapest Congress Centre, with Ivan Fischer: the audience votes which pieces will be played!

  • Budapest Opera House

    Budapest Opera House – Miroslav Petrasko Photography

Winter Cruise in Budapest on December 26

Budapest Winter Danube

Budapest Winter Danube

The early sunset on Dec 26 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 26. 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. The best in cheesy, delicious and sweet category.

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

10 pm Dinner Cruise: Buffet Style Dinner Christmas Cruise on Millennium Boat. 1.5 hour dinner 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 to visit 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.

The City Park is the home of special sights, like the Vajdahunyad Castle: the castle is closed on Dec 26, 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 26). 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 26

Museums, galleries, Christmas markets, shops are closed on Dec 26. Many tours in Budapest do not run either.

Major attractions that are closed on Dec 26:

 

The Budapest Basilica Christmas Market only launched in 2011, but in 2012 the fantastic Advent fair and Christmas market is making a spectacular return in 2012. The fair is not to be missed, and it is conveniently located in the city center!

Budapest Christmas Market 2012 Basilica

Budapest Christmas Market 2012 Basilica

You don’t have to be a gift hunter for traditional Hungarian Christmas gifts to fully enjoy the wonderful Christmas market atmosphere right in front of the biggest cathedral of Budapest, the 96 meter tall St Stephen’s Basilica.

Just take a mug of mulled wine, roasted chestnut, grab some warm, juicy and hearty street foods (well beyond sausages), and enjoy the winter festival of Budapest: Budapest Christmas!

Similarly to the displays on the nearby –  and more famous – Budapest Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square, the items for sale are beautiful handcrafted, high quality goods, which can make a perfect souvenir or special Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

Budapest Christmas Market 2012 by the Basilica

Events and Programs on the St Stephen’s Square (Szent Istvan ter):

Opening Hours of the 2012 Basilica Christmas Market

Location of Budapest Basilica Christmas Market

Location of Budapest Basilica Christmas Market

December 1, 2012 – January 1, 2013:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 8:00pm
  • Friday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • 24 December, 2012: 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • 25 December: Closed
  • 26 December: Closed

Light Ray Painting on the Basilica in Budapest

from December 1 to January 1, 2012:

at half past 5 from Monday to Sunday, every day (exceptions below!) festive lights are projected on the walls of the St Istvan Basilica with accompanying melodies. Be there on the Christmas market at 5:30 and enjoy the Christmas sights.

There will be no light painting on the following days (when the market is temporarily closed for the Christmas holidays):

  • 24 December, 2012: 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • 25 December: Closed
  • 26 December: Closed

Gourmet Weekends at the Basilica Christmas Market 2012

Food & Drinks Programs at the Xmas Fair of Szent István Bazilika:

December 14., Friday, 12:00:
Tamás Bereznay – Pumpkin fried with ham, mush samp and beetroot salad dressed with goat cheese

December 14., Friday, 04:00 pm:
Tamás Bereznay – Roast duck with red cabbage and apple stewed with thyme

December 15., Saturday, 11:00 am:
Dóra Havas – Home made Christmas candies and other sweets

December 15., Saturday, 04:00 pm:
Eszter Horváth – Christmas muffins, crèmes, hot chocolate

December 16., Sunday, 05:00 pm:
Zsolt Serényi – Christmas menu

Shows and Performances at the Basilica Christmas Fair 2012

“Birds”

Birds at the Basilica Xmas market in Budapest

Birds at the Basilica Xmas market in Budapest

Flags or Birds? What are these flying dancers with poles and huge sheets of silky sheets? A special performance at the Budapest Basilica Christmas show is the “angel dance” of Middle-East origin. It has great traditions in many European countries too, but it is new to Hungary. The dancers have huge wings on sticks and with the colorful swirling of them they can tell you beautiful stories. They put you in a special mood merging components of classical ballet and that of belly dance. The impact is similar to the show of “flag throwers”.

Juggler Play House

Children and adults can test their reflexes, adroitness, endurance and balancing skills. Many juggler tools are presented to the visitors like simple balls, maces, poi, devil’s stick, long stick, yo-yo, diablo or contact ball. These tools, exercises and techniques can develop the general movement coordination, sense of balance and physical condition not even to mention the joy of playing and experience of success.

Skate Rink by the Budapest Basilica

Skate Rink by Budapest Basilica

Skate Rink by Budapest Basilica

Skating rink in the heart of the city? In front of the Cathedral? On a Christmas fair? You are right. Budapest is a unique place with unique ideas. And why not? On weekends from Friday to Sunday children under 14 years old can skate free of charge.

Trainers will help and teach your little ones how to skate.

No skates with you? You can rent them on the spot (rental fee is charged).

Is it an ice rink? Sort of artificial ice rink? Yes and no. The skating rink resembles the ice rinks, but is made of a special plastic (the SummericeTM is a US made plastic skate surface that does not need cooling)

Fresh Photos from the 2012 Budapest Christmas Market near St Istvan Basilica:

Ildiko Kardos Photography:

Santa Clause painted with ray lights on the walls of the St Stephen’s Cathedral, Budapest:

St Stephen's Cathedral, Budapest Christmas

St Stephen’s Cathedral, Budapest Christmas – Ildiko Kardos Photography

Budapest Christmas Szent Istvan Bazilika 2012

Szt Istvan Bazilika Christmas, Budapest 2012

Szt Istvan Bazilika Christmas, Budapest 2012 – Ildiko Kardos Photography

Active Aging Charity Program

Society of Respect presents active elderly at the Christmas market in Budapest at the St Stephen Basilica. After all, 2012 is the year of “active aging” and the solidarity among generations in Europe. In this spirit Hungarian pensioners over the age of 60 show us how it is possible to live an active life in an elderly age. Please donate: the incoming donations are forwarded to Árpád Ódry Home of Artists that helps elder people.

November 30, 2012 – Ilona Bartis and – Márta Bedőné Kovács (60) painters
December 1-2, 2012 – Ilona Bartis and – Márta Bedőné Kovács (60) painters
December 3, 2012 – Ilona Béresi (74) clay sculptor painter
December 4., 2012 – Antalné Bellényi (79) needlework
December 5., 2012 – Ilona Rómer (64) landscape painter
December 6. – Erzsi Mohácsi (94) doll maker
December 7-8., 2012 – Györgyné Fanta (67) dolls and embroidery from Kalocsa
December 9-10., 2012 – Gyula Nyári (65) photographer
December 11., 2012 – Erzsi Mohácsi (94) doll maker
December 12-13, 2012 – Zsigmondné Zsurka (63) pearls and flowers
December 14., 2012 – Kamilla Villányi Kockásné (63) patchwork and pearl maker
December 15., 2012 – Gábor Szalka ceramist
December 16. – Ferenc Markovics (78) photographer
December 17-18-19., 2012 – Juilanna Nábrádi (74) glass painter
December 20., 2012 – Márta Dósa (62) silk painter
December 21., 2012 – Veronika N. Simon (65) painter
December 22 -23-24., 2012 – Tünde Gulyásné Tokaji (61) paper miller
December 27-28-29-30., 2012 – paintings of Lászlóné Bilcsik, László Buhnényi, Tamás Márk, Gábor Tóth, Zoltán Bende, Katalin Csomós
December 31., 2012 – Exhibition of new year’s eve piglets, petting piglets that bring good luck.

St Stephen Square Budapest

St Stephen Square Budapest in December

Also the children can enjoy an unequalled experience in the wooden hut of Society of Respect after 5 pm every day because they can encounter with Santa Claus personally!

Budapest is a multicultural city with many thousands of Jewish residents who will celebrate Hanukkah in Budapest. Don’t be surprised that you can also try Raj Rachel’s gorgeous Flodni at the Advent Market. Do try this rich Jewish cake at the market. And give Palinka a chance to heat you up a bit, a tiny bit on the chilly days. The best fruit palinkas will be sold at the market, so here is a chance to test the Hungarian spirit (carefully, its alcohol content is very high).

Budapest Christmas Light Painting / Building Mapping on the St Istvan Cathedral:

The 2013 Budapest Christmas market dates have not been finalized yet, but will be around the same time as the fair in 2012 (from Nov 30 to Jan 1)