The very first day of 2018 offers a lot in Budapest for people who does not want a quiet day or does not need to recover from the excesses of the night before. There are some special Hungarian traditions (such as eating lentils on 1 January will lead to wealth), and for many, it is the last day of the Christmas holiday before they return to work, therefore try to live this day as much as possible.
New Year’s Day River Cruises in Budapest
Welcome the New Year of 2018 on a wonderful NY Day Budapest River Cruise on the Danube with live music. Sightseeing, lunch cruises are available throughout the day and in the evening you can choose from a la carte, or buffet style dinner cruises most of them featuring live music. Make your New Year’s Day truly special!
Thermal Baths in Budapest on 1 January
The main thermal baths of Budapest (Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Spa, Lukacs Baths, Rudas Baths and all their facilities are open from 10 am to 10 pm (Gellert Spa closes at 8pm). Check-in for online reservations: 10 am – 6 pm.
Please note that massage appointments and private baths are subject to availability as massage hours are limited. New Year’s Day is expected to be very busy in the Baths, so advance booking is highly recommended.
Please note that the ticket & massage prices are going to change from Jan 8.
Budapest Concerts on Jan 1
New Year’s Day Gala Concert
New Years’s Day Gala Concert in Budapest Danube Palace, performed by the Danube Symphony Orchestra on 1st January, 2017 from 8.00 pm. You can also book tickets with a 10pm Late Night Dinner Cruise included after the Gala Concert.
New Year’s Gala at the Opera House
The audience will be greeted by the entire company of the Hungarian State Opera with a New Year’s Gala at the Erkel Theater with poetry, ballet and classical music. The greeting will also go out to Hungarians living abroad by way of Duna Television. The young students of the Ballet Institute of the Opera will also step out on the stage for the first time.
Haydn: The Creation in Palace of Arts Budapest
Joseph Haydn’s The Creation in Palace of Arts Budapest proclaims the greatness and incredible richness of earthly existence delivered courtesy of a host of excellent performers and conducted by the world-renowned Adam Fischer.
More concerts for the New Year on Budapest January Concerts.
Budapest Tours on Jan 1
Buda Castle Tours on 1 January
The Castle District in Budapest inevitably attracts tourists all year round, whether it is the first or the last day of the year The 2-hour-long Buda Castle Guided Walking Tour provodes a perfect opportunity to see some of the top tourist attractions.
Christmas Markets on January 1 in Budapest
Come and visit Budapest’s Christmas Fairs if you want to buy something unique and original in either the heart of the city at the end of Vaci utca, right in front of the prestigious Gerbeaud Coffee House or by the magnificent Basilica Building, near Deak square.
Smell the scent of traditional honey cookies, mulled wine, cinnamon, sausages and take the rich fragrant with you home.
The St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market will welcome visitors on the very first day of 2018 too.
Address: Szent Istvan Ter, in front of the Budapest Basilica building, District V
Opening hours on 1 January: 10 am – 8pm (food stalls and handicraft shops) with laser show every half an hour between 4.30 pm and 8 pm on the Basilica’s facade.
Public Transport in Budapest and shop opening hours on 1 January
Public transport services operate according to holiday/Sunday schedule on 01 January, with shops, most restaurants, cafes and other businesses, museums closed.