All posts tagged Budapest Christmas Sights

In addition to the many fantastic Christmas events in Budapest, scheduled and published, there are many little things going on in the city, along with its more well known Budapest Christmas sights, which go unpublished or in stealth mode, like sudden fun flashmobs, street buskers performing festive street music in December. Here are some random examples of random things in Budapest Christmas:

Budapest Santa Claus Flash Mob at Arkad Shopping Mall on Ors Vezer Square (M2 red metro line terminal)

Street Busker playing on the Hammered Dulcimer (Cimbalom) in December Budapest

Budapest is an ever changing city, so we are quite happy to share that the city has now multiple skating rinks (besides the best outdoor Budapest ice rink in Hungary in the City Park of Budapest. Take a look at the skating rink near Nyugati Train Station on Eiffel Square

Every Sunday in Otkert Bar in Budapest downtown (close to the Chain Bridge and the Gresham Palace in Zrinyi Street) you can pick a few quirky things at the Sunday Flea market.

Otkert Flea Market Budapest

Otkert Flea Market Budapest in Dec 2012

Venue: Ötkert Bar in Zrinyi Street Budapest District V

Dates: Sundays in December, 2012 during from Dec 1 to December 23

Otkert (say errt-kehrt) has a roofed and heated inner courtyard, and is currently one of the best Budapest bars, frequented by many locals throughout the week.

Well worth a visit if you are looking for a cool club for dancing and clubbing in Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest Flea Markets, Markets & Second Hand Shopping

Petofi Csarnok Flea Market in the City Park of Budapest

Ecseri Flea Market in Budapest

Thrift Shopping in Budapest

Budapest Markets

Budapest Market Hall

During the Advent period, you can enjoy some Saturday bath parties in Budapest in Lukacs Bath.

Lukacs Bath Party Budapest

Lukacs Bath Party Budapest

Dates of the Magic Bath Party series in December in Budapest:

  • December 30, 2017 – Pre-NYE Cinetrip Bath Party in Szechenyi Baths

Parties are from 10.30 pm to 3 am. You can don a Christmassy swimwear to make it more like a Christmas party (not a must, but do take a swim wear for the party, and a flip flop, towel or bath gown could also come in handy).

Booking Pre-NYE Bath Party
Bath Party Budapest

Bath Party Budapest

Budapest Ice Skating Rink Christmas Opening Hours and New Year Opening times: a place not to be missed if you are visiting Budapest and love winter sports (yes, you can rent a pair of skates in the ice rink palace), if you are with children, or a couple who loves open air romantic things to do.

Skating Rink Budapest

Skating Rink Budapest – Csilla Moll Photography

Christmas Opening Hours

  • December 24: open from 10 am to 2 pm, closed in the afternoon
  • December 25: Open as usual
  • December 26: Open as usual

New Year Opening Hours

  • December 31: open from 10 am to 2 pm, closed in the afternoon
  • January 1: open from 4 pm to 8 pm, closed in the morning

In the Christmas holiday otherwise open every day as usual.

See more details about the Ice Rink in Budapest (Varosligeti Mujegpalya) at Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink:

  • opening hours
  • skate rental fees
  • entrance fees
  • slide park
  • etc.

Here is an in action skating video on Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink

Vaci Utca, the oldest and longest Budapest Shopping Street is not only decorated at Christmas with Xmas themed street lights, but you can also buy wonderfully smelling winter style street foods in Vaci street, like roasted chestnut, mulled wine, or the Hungarian Chimney cake (kurtoskalacs) etc.

Christmas Lights on Vaci Street at Christmas

Christmas Lights on Vaci Street at Christmas – Ben G Hancock Photography

The shopping street is right in the heart of the city of Budapest.

Vaci street actually connects Vorosmarty Square (where the best Budapest Christmas market can be found, and the Cafe Gerbeaud is), with the highly popular Central Market Hall of Budapest (likewise the best in its category). The street runs parallel with the river Danube, from the Chain Bridge to the Liberty Bridge.

You can find many international brands and some lovely buildings in Vaci street (like the Art Nouveau Florist, which is a peculiar flower shop indeed), but in recent years Vaci utca has lost its glory. Not only because of the shopping malls, or the overly touristy restaurants along Váci street.

Chimney cake on Vaci Street at Christmas

Chimney cake on Vaci Street at Christmas – Ben H Hancock Photography

The nearby Budapest Fashion Street and the high brand shops on Andrassy Avenue are also the reason, they are simply more elegant, and for many visitors more attractive – and of course, just as touristy. Having said that, it is worth a 15 minute walk to go through on Vaci street. There are some nice art galleries, several Hungarian souvenir shops, and tiny details that make the street a nice attraction, and a nice walk between the Great Market Hall (Vasarcsarnok) and Café Gerbeaud on Vörösmarty Square.

More about Vaci Utca

Vaci Street Budapest: history, art galleries and Vaci street on Budapest tourist map.

Vaci utca on Budapest travel guide

Related to Budapest Shopping:

Live music, festive lights, Christmas preparations, gift shopping on the main shopping street of Budapest called Vaci utca (the street which used to lead to the town of Vac). We are grateful that the street music and the folk / world music on the Christmas markets take away the commercial edge of the Advent in Budapest, and let us enjoy the tunes of our beautiful city.