Things to do in Budapest on 26 December

Things to do in Budapest on 26 December
Parliament in winter Budapest

Parliament in winter Budapest – Neil Howard Photography

Budapest will be still festive on Boxing Day at Christmas. Many activities and places, like thermal baths, cruise ships, restaurants, bars, clubs are already back on track with weekend or normal opening hours on 26 Dec in Budapest, but most museums, and many shops are still typically closed on this day.

Never mind, Budapest is a place worth being explored even on a relaxed Christmas Day.

Christmas Markets on Dec 26 in Budapest

Even though, 2 days of the Christmas holidays are already behind us, it is never too late to spend a couple of hours in one of Europe’s best Christmas fairs while sipping a cup of wonderful, hot mulled wine, and admire authentic handmade souvenirs. Heart warming drinks and delicious hot meals will be served at both of the city’s major Christmas Markets, on Vorosmarty Square in the city centre and at St Stephen’s Basilica. 26 December will also feature the festive Xmas laser shows at the Basilica.

Budapest Christmas Market Night Winter Sights Hargittai

Budapest Christmas Market Night Winter Sights – Eszter Hargittai

If you are still looking for unique one-of-a-kind presents, these are the perfect places to find them.

1, Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market on Dec 26

Address: Vorosmarty Ter, District V

Opening hours on Dec 26: 12 pm – 6 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 6 pm (food stalls)

2, St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market on Dec 26

Address: Szent Istvan Ter, in front of the Budapest Basilica building, District V

Budapest Christmas Market Basilica

Budapest Christmas Market Basilica – photo by MPeti

Opening hours on Dec 26: 10 am – 10 pm (food and handicraft stalls) with laser show every half an hour between 4.30 pm and 8 pm on the Basilica’s facade.

Thermal Baths in Budapest on Dec 26

The main thermal baths of Budapest (Szechenyi Baths, Gellert Spa, Lukacs Baths, Rudas Baths and all their facilities are open during the Christmas Boxing Day, mostly from 6 am to 8 pm, small alterations are in various thermal baths. Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 6 pm.

Szechenyi Bath

As you can imagine massage appointments and private baths are absolutely booked up days or even weeks before the Dec 24 – 26 period, so if you want to make sure that you get a nice treatment, do book in advance.

Gellert Spa

Szechenyi Bath at Christmas

Szechenyi Bath – photo by Leon de Nemea

Should you wish to enjoy a nice and relaxing massage or to dip in the private bath of Gellert Spa during the Christmas holidays, we advise you to book it well in advance.

Dec 26 Danube Cruises in Budapest

Enjoy a Budapest Boxing Day Cruises on the Danube on Dec 26, and admire the wonderful winter panorama of Pest and Buda on the riverbanks. Do book your cruise seats as the boats are full house every year at Christmas.

On all dinner cruises, you can choose from several kinds of meals (meat dishes, vegetarian options, soups, salads, desserts), some are served, while others are all inclusive buffet dinner. While enjoying the dinner, you can take in the wonderful vista or you can listen to live music too.

Budapest Sightseeing Cruise by Matthias Church

Budapest Sightseeing Cruise by Matthias Church

Should you prefer to go on a daytime boat tour check out the Boxing Day Cruises with boat tours on the Danube that are available on Dec 26 on heated boats providing cozy seats.

Many of the cruises sell out well before December, so if you want to go for a cruise, try to book in advance.

Hungarian Folk Shows – 26 Dec Budapest

Enjoy a spectacular Hungarian Folk performance, and catch a glimpse of the country’s rich folklore traditions and passion for music and dance in a historical concert hall. The folk dance show is from 8 pm to 9:30 pm, performed in 2 shows with a break.

Hungarian folk show December

Hungarian folk show December

You can reserve the performance together with a lovely late night cruise starting at 22.00 at a discount price. This way you not only have a great program for a full evening but you pay less!

Buda Castle Tours on Dec 26

The Buda Castle District in Budapest hosts some of the most popular sites in Budapest, which inevitably attracts tourists all year round. There are various winter Castle tours in the Buda Castle District, so you can check availability for a booking. It can be really cold during the Christmas

Buda Castle in winter snow

Buda Castle in winter – Neil Howard Photography

holidays, so get well dressed for a winter sightseeing walking tour. But as Budapest is known as the city of baths and spas,after a 2-hour long Budget Buda Castle Walking Tour what could feel better than relaxing in the pools of natural steaming hot water?

Public Transport in Budapest on 26th Dec

Christmas Streetcar Tram Fenyvillamos Budapest 2015

Christmas Tram Budapest Tibor Illyes / MTI Photo

On 26th December vehicles still run according to holiday schedule.

Tram 2, and some other trams are dressed in decorative lights during the Holiday Season with thousands of little led lights elevating the festive feelings in the city of Budapest.

The special holiday services normally operate between 4th December and 6th January (except for December 24, 25, 26 and 31). Please check the exact dates for the upcoming Christmas holiday with the Budapest Public Transport schedules (posted at metro stations or shared in little booklets / leaflets at the ticket offices at metro stations).

Gellert Spa Pool Budapest Winter Holiday

Gellert Spa – Miroslav Petrasko Photography

Opening Hours of Shops on 26 December

On Boxing Day all shops, supermarkets are closed. If you want to do some shopping, there are some groceries that operate 24/7 and have a special permit to stay open during the Christmas holidays.

Also, the food stalls, and several of the gift vendors at the Christmas markets are usually open.


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