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The Russian Dance in Nutcracker puppet show Budapest

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 invites various companies to put up an annual Nutcracker Show, or stages an in house production. In recent years Budapest MUPA has presented a vast array of Nutcracker performances, e.g.  the renowned ballet company of Szeged town in Hungary visited MUPA to perform the ballet in a modern interpretation.

Tickets for Nutcracker shows are on purchase from about September / October onwards. Please check the upcoming shows for December on the official website of MUPA on

Dates: Dec 19, 2018 and Dec 20, 2018

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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

Verdi: Traviata in Budapest Palace of Arts

Dec 15, 2018 from 6.55pm

Nutcracker Ballet in Budapest Palace of Arts

Dec 19, 2018 from 3pm and 7pm
Dec 20, 2018 from 10.30 am and 3pm

Christmas Classical Concert in Budapest Palace of Arts

Dec 23, 2018 from 7.30pm

New Year’s Concert – Haydn The Creation

Jan 1, 2019 from 7.30pm

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.

Jose Carreras, the world famous Catalan tenor will perform his Christmas concert at the Budapest Palace of Arts, the huge concert hall, shortly known as MUPA (as the acronym in Muveszetek Palotaja).

Jose Carreras in Budapest

Jose Carreras in Budapest

The performance will be stellar and accordingly the tickets are insanely expensive compared to usual Hungarian concert and opera prices. But if you want to hear first grade, top notch tenor, it has its price, especially at Christmas. What a perfect gift for a luxurious Budapest Xmas getaway!

Event: Jose Carreras Concert Show at the Budapest Palace of Arts (MUPA)
Date: 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm, 16 December 2012,
Venue: Palace of Arts, Bartók Béla National Concert Hall
Prices: 15000, 20000, 25000, 30000, 39000, 40000, 59000, 60000, 99000 Ft (also include the Standing Reception in the Glass Hall after the performance)

Booking is on the official website of MUPA (the Palace of Arts)

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Jose Carreras will be accompanied by the National Philharmonic Orchestra from Kassa. Conductor David Giménez.

The performance will feature classic Christmas songs, like the Silent Night, Ave Maria, White Christmas, the Champagne Duet from Traviata. However, as you would expect, the celeb tenor does not give a fix program of the night, but lets himself guided by his instantaneous inspirations – inspired maybe by You.
Jose Carreras “Nessun dorma” Turandot


Christmas with the Bach Family is a fantastic concert at the Palace of Arts in Budapest (known as mupa for short). Istvan Ruppert will be playing on the organ, and the Purcell choir will sing with him.

Istvan Ruppert Christmas Organ Concert

Istvan Ruppert Christmas Organ Concert

Event: Bach Organ Concert + Purcell Choir
Date: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm, 20 December 2014
Venue: Palace of Arts, Budapest, Bartók Béla National Concert Hall
Prices: from HUF 3300, to HUF 9900

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Program of the Christmas with the Bach Family Concert

please check the actual programme on the official website of Mupa

  • J. S. Bach: Prelude in G minor, BWV 535
  • J. S. Bach: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659, 660, 661
  • J. S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
  • Johann Christoph Bach: Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf – motet
  • J. S. Bach: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605
  • J. S. Bach: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
  • J. S. Bach: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 606 and 738
  • Johann Christoph Bach: Merk auf, mein Herz und sieh dorthin – motet (Hungarian première)
  • — (intermission)
  • J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547
  • C. Ph. E. Bach: Sonata in F major, Wq 70/3
  • Johann Ludwig Bach: Uns ist ein Kind geboren – motet
  • J. S. Bach: Fürchte dich nicht – motet, BWV 228
  • J. S. Bach: Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man’s desiring) – closing chorale from cantata BWV 147

Christmas has customs all of its own; the kinds of traditions to which we perhaps most readily adhere. At the same time, no matter how ingrained these traditions have become, Christmas is very different in every country, region and family setting. Each year, the Palace of Arts puts on an organ concert in the days preceding the Yuletide festivities. For the first time in 2012, it will officially associate this annual celebration with Christmas also in name. The organ soloist at this year’s Christmas Concert is István Ruppert, the distinguished professor of the Liszt Academy. In the company of the Purcell Choir, he will welcome Johann Sebastian Bach and some of his outstanding musical relatives as “guests” for the evening.
Familiar Bach works will form the backbone of the programme, among them several pieces with a genuine liturgical Christmas purpose. At the same time, the commitment of Purcell Choir director György Vashegyi to reviving lesser-known works of early music will ensure that the audience also gets to know some rarely heard compositions. Of the two motets by Johann Christoph Bach (1642–1703), who was related to Johann Sebastian Bach through the latter’s great uncle, one has never been performed in Hungary before. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788), the extraordinarily talented product of Johann Sebastian’s first marriage, is familiar to pianists, but his organ works are rarely played. The latter’s Sonata in F major will be followed by a motet by Johann Ludwig Bach (1677–1731), a relative of the extended Bach family from the more distant “Meiningen” branch. J. L. Bach’s works were acknowledged by Johann Sebastian himself, and the inclusion of this motet is sure to provide added colour to an already rich programme of Bach family works spanning around one hundred years.

Presented by: Művészetek Palotája

For this concert you can buy your tickets in the Palace of Arts’ Ticket Offices.

Nutcracker puppet show Budapest

The Nutcracker Puppet Show may be one of the programs of your Budapest Christmas holiday, if you love theater performances and visit Budapest with children: puppets and actors will perform the classic Nutcracker story, the dreamy Christmas party, the excitements of the big battle of the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, the enchanted Snow Land, etc. Christmas with children – no language barrier when it comes to live performances of the best kind.

Nutcracker puppet show Budapest

Nutcracker puppet show Budapest

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is also performed as a ballet at the wonderful Opera House in Budapest. The Nutcracker show with puppets will be at the Palace of Arts (MUPA or Muveszetek Palotaja).

Dates: 3 pm and 7 pm on Dec 19, 2018 and 10.30 am and 3 pm on 20 Dec, 2018

Venue: Palace of Arts, Festival Theatre
Prices: HUF 1500, 2000

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Nutcracker Puppet Show with Actors and Puppets

Maria, Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King, Stahlbaum, and of course the nutcracker himself, The Land of Sweets, the Christmas tree and the boxes of presents. In other words, that Christmas theatrical essential, the wonderful Nutcracker. The traditional work appears here on an extended stage, where the entire Tchaikovsky score and the essential concept remain the same, but the performance is adapted for the greatest visual impact.
One or two of the characters will be played by actors, while others will also be represented by giant puppets. In accordance with the set design of Klaudia Orosz, the Christmas tree, with an unlit decoration at its peak, will stand to the right of the stage. The tree will grow and be lit from within as events unfold, while it becomes white again when the snow falls. When the top is pushed, it transforms into the castle of the Land of Sweets, and then back into a Christmas tree. There is a giant clock face that grows wings and turns into an owl as the image of the actor Drosselmeyer is projected on it. Masks, oversized puppets and 3D animated images – all genuine marvels that breathe new life into this classic Christmas story. (source: Muveszetek Palotaja Budapest,

The Russian Dance in Nutcracker puppet show Budapest

The Russian Dance in Nutcracker puppet show Budapest

Budapest December 2018 events: one of the options is to go to the Palace of Arts on December 19 and 20

Presented by: Nemzeti Filharmonikusok (National Philharmonic Orchestra), Művészetek Palotája

Tamas Juronics
Andrea Toth, Attila Etele Kiss
Julia Horanyi
Zazzy Design
head ornament
Ferenc Stadler