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The festive Christmas Chamber Concert of the Danube Chamber Orchestra will be a combination of chamber music and gala concert with a vast array of pieces, and dances. The venue is the prestigious Pesti Vigado by the river Danube in Budapest. The Christmas Gala Concert will take place on the night of Christmas Day, December 25.

While most theatres and concert halls will be closed on Dec 25, this is a great opportunity to celebrate Christmas with music in Budapest.

Event: Chamber Music – Budapest Christmas concerts
Venue: Danube Palace
Date: 8pm, December 25, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
Prices in 3 Categories: approx €33 – €41

Discounts: Student discount is avialable for children and students

Booking: as any event during the Christmas days, booking in advance is warmly recommended. The concerts will be sold out by Dec 25.

If you like classical music and would like to enjoy a very nice Christmas concert in Budapest, you can enjoy the Gala concert on Christmas Night (25th of December) in the beautiful Neo-Renaissance building of Danube Palace.

The special Christmas music program was specifically  chosen for celebrating the Christmas Night on Dec 25. The program of the Xmas concert includes well-known music Hungarian and foreign composers, like Strauss, Brahms, Monti, etc.

The Christmas Chamber Concert starts at 8pm in the evening. The concert is 90 minute with two parts and an interval (2x 40-45 min).

The Danube Palace Chamber Orchestra consists of 20 professional musicians (as part of the Danube Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1961)

The repertoire of the Danube Chamber Orchestra covers almost every musical style from the Baroque music to the more modern music of the 20th century. The orchestra’s permanent theater is the concert hall of the Danube Palace, which is right behind the prestigious luxury hotel, the Gresham Four Seasons Hotel by the Chain Bridge.

NOTE: Budapest will offer lots of music programs during the Advent period, but there are very few concerts and shows on Christmas Day (Dec 25) and on Boxing Day (Dec 26). Therefore, if you wish to attend to concert, do book in advance, because tourists spending their Christmas holiday in Budapest, and locals wishing to celebrate away from home, will quickly fill up the concert hall.

Booking Christmas Concert

The Duna Palota Orchestra is a frequent guest at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, at the Buda Vigado Concert Hall, at the Stephanie Palace and at the Convention Center of Budapest, Hungary.

Duna Palota Chamber Orchestra

Duna Palota Chamber Orchestra

The conductor of the Duna Palota Chamber Orchestra is András Deák, but the musician often play with foreign conductors. Many Hungarian and foreign guest artists have performed with the orchestra, including Giuseppe di Stefano from Italy, James Galway, a flautist from Ireland and Ray Charles, the jazz star from the USA. They have given performances in Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy.

Ticket Prices of the Christmas Chamber Concert in Budapest

Full Price: Per person, from Euro 33
Reduced Prices: (Students), from Euro 31

Program Of The Christmas Chamber Concert, Budapest

Part 1.

  • Corelli: Concerto Grosso
  • Haydn: Rondo all’Ongarese
  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Winter – II. Largo
  • Kálmán: The Gipsy Princess – Ouverture
  • Erkel: Palotás from the Opera Hunyadi László
  • Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz
  • Massenet: Thais – Meditation
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances No.5

Part 2.

  • Kálmán: Devil-rider – Palotás
  • Strauss: The Blue Danube – Waltz
  • Cymbalo solo
  • Grinspun: Choric Dance
  • Strauss: Pizzicato Polka
  • Monti: Czardas
  • Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
  • Strauss: Radetzky March

The Danube Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Tatjana Rudnickaja

This a short video of the Danube Palace Concert (New Years, 2010)

Are you planning to visit the pools in Gellert Spa in your winter Budapest visit? You can! Gellert Spa, similarly to Szechenyi Baths, is open every day of the year, including the Christmas holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. You can get great spa treatments, massages, chocolate treatments, Cleopatra bath in the beautiful Art Nouveau pool palace of Budapest.

Gellert Bath at Christmas

Gellert Bath at Christmas – You Flavio Photography

Despite the winter colds, you can even take a bath outside: there is a smallish outdoor thermal pool filled with hot spring water, which is also open in December or January (if the weather stays above the freezing point).

Gellert Bath is also open during the Christmas holidays with slightly shortened opening hours. Hours in 2018:

Dec 24: open from 6 am until 2 pm

Dec 25: open from 6 am until 8 pm

Dec 26: open from 6 am until 8 pm

Many Budapest travel guides assume that Budapest is quiet or dead at Christmas, but this is not true any more. In recent years, Budapest has become an outstanding Christmas travel destination in Europe. Budapest has been often picked as the best value for money holiday destination, and it is also true of the Christmas and New Year weekends! Gellert Spa certainly adds to this value factor with its pampering but superb, affordable, mid priced treatments (Szechenyi Baths is somewhat cheaper, while Lukacs Baths is even cheaper)

Lukacs Bath Magic Bath Pool Party Budapest

Lukacs Bath Magic Bath Party

Lukacs Baths even features an extravagant pool party series in December: Magic Bath Parties. Budapest Baths are actually open, and are a lot of fun and relaxation for any winter visitors in Hungary. Do not miss the baths in December either!

Gellert Bath is open throughout the Christmas holiday, with the following opening hours:

Gellert Spa Christmas Opening Hours 2018

Gellert Spa Photo Collage Budapest

Gellert Spa Photo Collage Budapest

(based on the opening times of recent years in Gellert Spa)

  • Dec 24: opening hours from 6 am to 2 pm (all the facilities in Gellert Baths)
  • Dec 25: opening hours from 6 am to 8pm (incl the outdoor pool of Gellert Bath and most of the thermal section )
  • Dec 26: opening hours from 6 am to 8 pm (including the outdoor pool, if the it is above the freezing point, and most of the thermal section in Gellert Baths)
  • Dec 31: on New Year’s Eve the opening hours of Gellert Bath from 6 am to 6 pm. Great way  to get some strength for the New Year’s Eve parties in Budapest!
  • Jan 1: on New Year’s Day, the opening hours of Gellert Bath from 10 am to 6 pm. What a perfect way  to cure any hangover and welcome the new year with healthy resolutions! You can even listen to a concert on New Year’s Day to make January 1 in Budapest really beautiful.

Massage from 21 Euros at Gellert Bath

Did you know that you can book a massage in Gellert Spa from approx. 21 Euros (20 minutes aroma massage at one of the best thermal spas of Hungary! With a bath ticket from 43 Euros! Budapest can be cheap, but this is a really a superb Christmas Deal, we think! You can buy it as a Gellert Spa Gift Voucher for others too.) Do not miss out on this fabulous opportunity. Book now in advance, or others will instead of you (Christmas and New Years can get really booked in Budapest, this applies to the Nutcracker ballet, or Budapest Christmas cruises, or massages in Gellert Bath in general).

Romantic Private Bath at Gellert Baths

Are you in a mood to splurge with your love of life? You can even book a private bath at the beautiful Art Nouveau complex. The private bath is not so spectacular with today’s standards (it was super high tech in the 1920s obviously), but you can have your privacy in Gellert Spa private bath for 3 hours or so. The sparkling wine and fruit bowl is included in the price, but the towels are not.

Budapest Disney on Ice replaced with Disney Live is a fantastic show for the kids, and even those parents who try to avoid Disney things and Disney culture to let their children taste more or see more will admit that the show is amazing and worth every Forint.

Budapest Disney Live

Budapest Disney Live

Well, Disney on Ice won’t make it in the Budapest Christmas 2012, but a few weeks later Disney Live with Mickey will in January 2013, very soon! Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Cinderella, Snow-white, Donald Duck, Princess Jasmin, etc. will step on the

Budapest Disney on Ice 2013

Date: between Jan 23 and 27, 2013
January 24 2013 at 6 pm
January 25 2013 at 6 pm
January 26 2013 at 2 pm and 6 pm
January 27 2013 at 2 pm and 6 pm

Venue: Budapest Congress Center

Is Szechenyi Bath in Budapest open during the Christmas holidays? Can you visit the thermal pools and enjoy the outdoor facilities as seen in many winter photos of Szechenyi Baths? Yes, you can! In fact, the major thermal pools in Budapest baths are open even on religious and national holidays with weekend prices. Dec 30 in 2018 brings the New Year Spa Party in Szechenyi Baths!

Szechenyi Bath at Christmas

Szechenyi Bath at Christmas – photo by Leon de Nemea

Many Budapest travel guides say that Budapest is quiet or dead at Christmas, but this is not true any more.

Szechenyi Baths is open throughout the Christmas holiday, with the following opening hours (the hours were the same in the last few years, but the schedule of 2013 has not been confirmed by the bath yet):

Christmas opening hours 2018

  • Dec 24: opening hours from 6am to 2pm (all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths)
  • Dec 25: opening hours from 6am to 10pm (all 3 outdoor pools and most of the thermal section in Szechenyi Baths)
  • Dec 26: opening hours from 6am to 10pm (all 3 outdoor pools and most of the thermal section in Szechenyi Baths)
Szechenyi Baths Party Budapest NYE Sparty

Szechenyi Baths Party Budapest NYE Sparty

New Year Opening Hours 2018 / 2019

  • Dec 30: Bath Party from 10:30 pm: New Year’s Eve Party in Szechenyi Bath Budapest: the spectacular laser disco organized by Cinetrip is perhaps the best New Year’s Eve Party in Budapest.
  • Dec 31: open from 6 am to 6 pm. Book a massage for the last day of the year (from , soak in the baths, and enjoy some amazing days of your life in Budapest
  • Jan 31: Szechenyi bath is open from 10 pm to 6 pm. Visiting Szechenyi Bath is a popular way to get over the New Year’s Eve party symptoms, so you may wish to buy your ticket online

Deals at Szechenyi Medicinal Bath

Aroma Relax Massage Szechenyi Bath Budapest

Aroma Relax Massage Szechenyi Bath Budapest

The best massage deal for your winter holiday in Budapest: 20 min massage at Szechenyi Bath from 21 Euros. Booking in advance online is warmly recommended as available slots get quickly filled up.

The massage therapists of Szechenyi Thermal Bath have a medicinal massage certificate and many years of experience – over 1 million guests at the Szechenyi Bath each year…. They are the cheapest masseuses in the thermal bath complex, which also features other private massage salons whose prices are higher than the Szechenyi Medicinal Bath massage services (also serving patients referred to the bath by Hungarian doctors, yes, on prescription).

More info about Szechenyi Bath, tickets, massages, towel rental, swim wear rental, pedicure, etc.: Szechenyi Baths Christmas opening hours

Szechenyi Bath in Winter – Open Steaming Outdoor Pools

The following video has been made by a tourist visiting Szechenyi Medicinal Bath late November (temperature outside: 4 degrees Celsius = 40 degrees Fahrenheit). As you can see the bath is quite popular, yes, even in winter time and on the holidays in December (Christmas and New Year too!):

Hotel Zara Budapest Christmas decor

In its 2013 Christmas dining calendar of Hotel Zara Budapest the hotel’s restaurant called ARAZ Restaurant is offering a Christmas dinner menu on December 24, and Christmas Brunch on December 25.

The Christmas Eve menu in 2013 is as follows:

Christmas Eve Menu in Araz Restaurant

Welcome drink: One glass Prosecco

Salmon tartlet with sour cream texture
Gál Viognier 2007

Fish soup made from carp and catfish with matchstick pasta
Dúzsi Kadarka 2011

Catfish fillet with sweet potato rolls and chestnut ragout
Takler Kékfrankos 2009

Chocolate pumpkin soufflé with truffle ice cream
Bujdosó Sirocco 2008


Christmas Brunch Menu in Araz Restaurant


❖Farm chicken soup with home-made vermicelli
❖Morel cream soup

❖Prune turkey galantine with blueberry sauce
❖Salad buffet with the necessary ingredients
❖Duck rillette
❖Marinated prawn salad

Main dishes:
❖Baby turkey, spinach with pine nuts
❖Red wine beef ragout with pearl onions
❖Veal rolls with Dijon mustard, truffle sauce
❖Cod and lobster in velouté (spectacular)

Side dishes:
❖Potato doughnut with olives
❖Ember-baked potatoes with rosemary
❖Brussels sprouts with smoked ham
❖Ewe cheese corn polenta

❖French apple tart
❖Chocolate mousse trilogy
❖Semolina pudding with plum chutney
❖Fruit platter

Here is a lovely video showing how one of the best hotels in Budapest is preparing for the Xmas festivities, what the hotel Christmas decor looks like, etc.

The whole atmosphere is welcoming, especially around Christmas time, when you also have a chance to see the Budapest Christmas markets, visit the Opera House for a festive Nutcracker ballet or an opera, spend a Christmas river cruise on the Danube in Budapest, attend beautiful choir and organ concerts at the St Stephen’s Basilica, party at the numerous bars, clubs and ruin pubs of Budapest, and in general just have a fantastic time at Christmas in the capital of Hungary, Budapest.

Gold decor just comes so naturally to the gilded Art Nouveau building, the former Hungarian Furdo (Hungaria Bath) turned into Hotel Continental Zara Budapest. Beautiful architecture, tasteful Christmas interior and wonderful Christmas meals paired with excellent service.

Hotel Zara Budapest Christmas decor

Hotel Zara Budapest Christmas decor

Add the favourable prices and cheap deals make  the four star superior Hotel Zara stand out amongst the hotels of Budapest.

If your read Zara backward you will get the name of the hotel restaurant, the Araz, which is also preparing for Christmas with special menus.

Merry Christmas!