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Palace of Arts Budapest Christmas and New Year Concerts

The December programs in the Palace of Arts of Budapest range from classical Concerts, Concerts for Children and babies, as well as Nutcracker ballet and theatre shows.

National Theater and Palace of Arts Budapest Night

National Theater and Palace of Arts Budapest Night

There are high quality, wonderful performances and Concerts. No wonder, some of the events are already full house in early October!

Bookingyou can book tickets for the concerts.

We hope you will find something nice to do and see during your Christmas holiday, even though the Palace of Arts does not have events scheduled for Dec 24.

Any other day in December is usually filled with programs in the Palace of Arts.

Highlights in the Palace of Arts

Budapest Palace of Arts

Budapest Palace of Arts – Allesok Photography

Estrella Morente (flamenco) Concert in Budapest Palace of Arts

Dec 9, 2016

Handel’s Messiah in Budapest Palace of Arts

Dec 17, 2016

New Year’s Concert – Haydn The Creation

Jan 1, 2017

Budapest has an amazing range of Nutcracker shows in December, from the ballet in the Opera House through the puppet show in the Budapest Puppet Theatre, to the show in the Palace of Arts. All venues are sold out despite the fact that these are traditional yearly events.

Nutcracker in Budapest Palace of Arts Christmas Shows

No Concerts and shows on Dec 24 but if you click on the link, we have collected lots of other things to do! Concerts, walks, dinners, tours.

Nutcracker Puppet Show in the National Puppet Theater in Budapest: officially called the ‘Budapest Puppet Theater’ but it is a national institution with many of the best puppet performances in Hungary. The Nutcracker puppet show is a Christmas tradition, and has been running for many decades with great success. To boot, the ticket prices are ridiculously low for a foreign family (HUF 1,300 per ticket), so it is one of the best deals you can get at Xmas in Budapest if you are visiting the city with children in winter. Besides the Nutcracker, there are several more puppet shows running all through November, December and January, so do check the event calendar of the Puppet Theater for more shows, and details.

Nutcracker Puppet Show in Budapest Puppet Theater

Nutcracker Puppet Show in Budapest Puppet Theater

Venue: Puppet Theater (Budapest Bábszínház) at 69 Andrassy Avenue, Budapest, District VI (post code: 1062, Andrássy út 69.)

Dates of the Nutcracker Puppet Show

Monday, December 12 2016 15:00
Tuesday, December 13 2016 15:00
Wednesday, December 14 2016 15:00
Thursday, December 24 2016 10:30 and 14.00
Friday, December 25 2016 10:30

There will be puppet shows on Dec 26 too, although not the Nutcracker. The shows are in Hungarian language, which may not bother your little one at all, so it might be worth giving a try:
December 26
10:30 am Kitty Marzipan (Marcipan Cica) at Budapest Bábszínház – Színházterem

Tickets to the Nutcracker Puppet Show

Tickets can be purchased online or on the premises at the Budapest Puppet Theater on Andrassy Avenue. You can book your tickets in advance for the puppet show online. The official ticket vendor of the Budapest Puppet Theater is Jegy.hu.

Booking

 

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 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: