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The Nutcracker Festival of the Budapest Opera House launches at the end of November or early December. There is a 30 meter majestic Christmas tree set up in front of the Hungarian State Opera House as well as a small wooden booth selling hot drinks in the afternoon. The Nutcracker Festival of the Budapest Opera will last until the end of December.

Nutcracker Festival Budapest Opera

Concerts by Budapest Opera

There are several open air concerts scheduled for the festival, which are free. In addition to the official chorus of the Budapest Opera, including its children’s choir, further 17 choirs (like the School Choir of St. Stephen’s High School, or the School Choir of the Bela Bartok Secondary School) lined up to perform Christmas concerts in front of the Budapest Opera House (until December 23).

Christmas at Budapest Opera

Christmas at Budapest Opera – Pal Csillag Photography

The choirs will sing in front of the theater, to the right of the word Sphinx statue.

The date of the official opening ceremony of the Budapest Nutcracker Festival changes from year to year. Please check on the site of the Opera House the exact date this year.

Hot Drink Booth by the Opera

In the elegant and stage prop like Christmas Booth of the Budapest Nutcracker Festival you can buy mulled wines, or hot tea. This is a charity booth. Besides the hot drinks, you can buy little gifts from Russia and France, the two outstanding countries of ballet. All the proceedings of the charity booth will be given to the Ecumenical Organization (Ökumenikus Segélyszervezet) to help families and children living in poverty and need.

The Nutcracker ballet has been performed in the Budapest Opera House for over 60 years now with great success, and international acclaim.


7 Nutcracker Installations by the Budapest Opera


Budapest Nutcracker Festival Installations

Budapest Nutcracker Festival Installations – source:

On Karoly korut (Karoly ring road) and by the Opera House you can see special installations. Old style cylindrical news posts turned into artsy displays: the decade old props and figures of the Nutcracker shows of past years have been included in the transparent posts to call attention to the Nutcracker Festival, like the Mouse King, the Nutcracker, the Ballerina, Drosselmayer, etc.

On some evenings of December , at the open air Christmas concert (dubbed the Kiskaracsony or Little Christmas concert) more than 1,600 people with disabilities have been invited to participate in the Budapest Christmas festivities and the Nutcracker Festival of the Hungarian State Opera House.

The concerts of the Nutcracker Festival are around 6 pm, and from 5 to 6pm, you can buy your hot drinks from some of the singers, artists and ballet dancers of the Opera House.

If you see crazily dressed people on the streets of Budapest in freezing December weather, sort of beach Santa Claus guys and girls running along, please be aware that Hungarians did not go nuts, just participate in a special charity event: the Santa Claus Charity Jogging in Budapest on December 9 in 2018.

Santa Claus Jogging Budapest

Santa Claus Jogging Budapest

Do join them if you are a regular runner and can bear the cold weather for a bit of love. The charity jogging is for sick children, any donations, registrations will go into helping children in need through the Magic Lamp Fund (Csodalampa Alapitvany).

After the jogging, the participants head to the Szechenyi Baths to enjoy the warm thermal waters and the sauna.

Meeting point: Gozsdu Courtyard in Budapest city center near Deak Square (between 13 Kiraly Str. and 16 Dob Str.)

Date: 1 pm, Dec 9, 2018

Running time: from 2pm to 3pm

Running route: Gozsdu Courtyard, Chain Bridge, Vaci utca shopping street, back to Gozsdu Courtyard

Registration fee: HUF 3,000 (only 250 can register, so hurry up to be part of this wonderfully crazy event)

Official website:

Video of the Budapest Santa Claus Running event in 2012, and interview with the founder:

Blote kerstloop in Boedapest – Kerstmannen rennen in zwemkleding door Boedapest – 2012

One of the most widespread and long running charity events in Budapest is called the Budapest Santa Claus Factory (in Hungarian: Mikulasgyar, where Mikulas comes from the word Nikolaus).

Budapest Christmas Charity

Budapest Christmas Charity on Vorosmarty Sq: Mikulasgyar

There are many people who visit the gift spots of the Santa Claus Factory to donate gifts for poor children in Hungary and in Hungarian communities outside the border of Hungary. Besides giving gifts, you can also enjoy some nice concerts and Christmas shows.

In Budapest you can also find several factories set up. Please donate, or join the enthusiastic volunteers of the Mikulasgyar communities (many of them comes from abroad to help). It is also fun to visit the factories with your children who will like sending gifts. :)

How to donate: you can buy pre-packed Christmas gifts for children who live in poverty. The Christmas goodies include: sweets, mug, puzzle, pencil. You can also donate your unwanted items suitable for children (no need to wrap them up).

Santa Claus Factories in Budapest

Official website of Mikulasgyar here.

Programs of the Santa Claus Factory in Budapest

There are more venues, so please check the venue to be at the right place and the right time for the Christmas charity concerts. The genre of the songs ranges from pop, rock to folk music.

56-osok tere (Felvonulási tér)

2012th December 6 (Thursday)
11:30 to 12:00 Fairy Factory
19:00 to 19:30 Percussion Ensemble Talamo
20:00 to 20:30 Tamas Somlo concert
2012th December 7 (Friday)
Mario 19:00 to 19:30
· Anita 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
· Thomas Palcsó 20:00 to 20:30

2012th December 8 (Saturday)
10:00 to 11:00 Mono Mano Band and Santa Claus
11:00 to 11:30 ·  Maya Mano
11:30 to 12:30 Palanta Mission ·
13:00 to 13:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
13:30 to 14:00 Gaspar Győző
15:00 to 15:30 ·  Wild Buffalo
16:00 to 16:30 Zoltan Mujahid
17:00 to 17:30 · Budapest Strings
18:30 to 19:00 · Sajtkukacz Orchestra
19:00 to 19:30 · Jennifer Szirota

2012th December 9 (Sunday)
Christmas concerts
09:30 to 10:00 a.m. Peter Mikola
11:00 to 11:30 Csepp Children’s Theatre
11:30 to 12:30 Palanta Mission
12:30 to 13:00 Kobold Band
13:00 to 13:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
14:30 to 15:00 Mrs. Columbo
15:30 to 16:00 Eva Fabian ·
16:00 to 16:30 · Quantum Cowboys
17:00 to 17:30 Tibor Csordás ·
17:30 to 18:00 Arpad Zsolt Meszaros ·
18:00 to 18:30 · Vera Tóth
19:00 to 19:30 · Positive Band

2012th December 10 (Monday)
Leslie Szabo 19:00 to 19:30
Thick Thomas · 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2012th December 11 (Tuesday)

19:00 to 19:30 Four Fathers

2012th December 12 (Wednesday)
20:00 to 20:30 English Rose
20:30 to 20:40 · Little Victor

2012th December 13 (Thursday)
And More Jazz Choir 20:00 to 20:30
2012th December 14 (Friday)
19:00 to 19:30 Zsuzsa Komonyi
7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mary Notari ·
20:00 to 20:30 · L.L. Junior
2012th December 15 (Saturday)
9:00 to 9:30 chickweed
10:00 to 10:30 · Neverenough Zenegóc
11:00 to 11:30 Currants clown ·
12:00 to 12:30 · HandaBanda Orchestra
13:00 to 13:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
14:00 to 14:30 · M.É.Z
15:00 to 15:30 · Catfish Veronika Valentine Diamond Duo
16:00 to 16:30 · Drumsters
16:30 to 17:00 Transcarpathian Ukrainian Folk Dance Group “Mrijá”
· Periodic Andrea 17:00 to 17:30

2012th December 16 (Sunday)
10:00 to 10:30 Palinta Society
10:30 to 11:00 · Apacuka
12:00 to 12:30 · Mollini Magician
13:00 to 13:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
13:30 to 14:00 · Pflum Orsi
· Sing 14:00 to 14:30 FREE!
Kaden Heni students
· Buffalo Wild 15:00 to 15:30
17:00 to 17:30 Attila ·
18:00 to 18:30 Fairy Factory
19:00 to 19:30 · Retroleum Orchestra
20:00 to 20:30 · Mr. Joe

2012th December 17 (Monday)
19:00 to 19:30 ·Baby Gabi
20:00 to 20:30 Regina · Dukai

2012th December 18 (Tuesday)
19:00 to 21:00

2012th December 19 (Wednesday)
19:30 to 20:00 BuliOne Orchestra
20:00 to 20:30 · Bon-Bon

2012th December 20 (Thursday)
Sari Ethnic German Dance Group 19:00 to 19:30
20:00 to 20:30 · Carbovaris

2012th December 21 (Friday)
19:00 to 19:30 Erik
Dani Torres · 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
20:30 to 21:00 Zoltan Miller



Westend City Center

2012th December 6 (Thursday)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop Theatre
17:00 to 17:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
18:30 to 19:00 Tamas Somlo ·

2012th December 11 (Tuesday)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Leslie Szabo
· 17:00 to 6:00 p.m. Seedlings Mission

2012th December 13 (Thursday)
Seedlings Mission 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2012th December 18 (Tuesday)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop Theatre 4
· 17:00 to 6:00 p.m. Seedlings Mission

2012th December 20 (Thursday)
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Seedlings Mission
19:00 to 19:30 · L.L. Junior