Winter is nearing, but cold weather does not stop Budapest from getting exciting, offering some of the best events in Europe. From November to February, Budapest features festivals like the Budapest Christmas Market & Festival with concerts, crafts, market winter foods and drinks. Also, New Year’s Eve / Day is a popular holiday in Budapest as is Valentine’s Day.
Besides the festivals, fairs, etc. there are several public holidays in winter months in Budapest, which should not make you think that life stops in the buzzing city, but shopping options will be limited:
Dec 24: the Christmas holiday comes early in Hungary, shops and most places will close around 2 pm. Public transport will be less frequent, hourly rather than 5-10 minutes.
Dec 25 – 26: these two days are special in Budapest, not lastly because of the Budapest Christmas Markets and festival. Celebrate with us (Hannukah events also scheduled in the city)
Dec 31: people pour to parties, gala dinners and concerts. So can you. For ideas please check the New Year Budapest guide.
Best Budapest Winter Events
Some of the best events in Budapest are the following programs from Nov till February. Please check our Budapest Events Guide calendar for the exact dates of the upcoming festivals, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, etc.
One of the biggest cultural festivals in the Hungarian capital is the Budapest Christmas Market, which is more than a series of Advent Fairs, it is also a concert and show series all over the city, mostly concentrating on the inner city areas and squares: Vorosmarty Square, St Stephen Square, Erzsebet Square, Varoshaza Park Square and more. From mid November until early January. Must see event if you love art shows, concerts, etc.
If you are planning to visit Budapest during the Christmas time, you should definitely take a Budapest Christmas Cruise. Breathtaking view, festive atmosphere and the delicious dishes make your 2016 Budapest Christmas trip unforgettable.
Celebrate the New Year 2016-2017 on a boat. It does not matter if you want to have a loose party or you prefer an elegant event for New Year’s Eve. We assure you that you can find a program of your taste in our New Year’s Eve Budapest offers.
If you wish to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Budapest most elegant building we recommend for you the New Year’s Eve Gala Concert and Dinner Party.
Christmas time in Budapest means that you can see theBudapest Christmas Market events, and take part in numerous other Budapest Xmas activities, like the Opera House Nutcracker festival, which is a special musical event series by the Hungarian Opera House building. Charity choir songs, shows, Opera House gifts, and other events will make Andrassy Avenue a festive street in the Advent period.
Explore the beautiful winter sights in the Buda Castle on a Segway. The top of the Castle Hill in Budapest is literally a mini city, a historical little town within the big city, so it is best discovered on a chic and rolling Segway. We warned you, there is a lot to explore.
The Hungarian Flavours Festival is a food fair and cultural event, with a special winter edition on the centrally located Erzsebet Square, right next to Deak Square. Twice a year in Budapest, you can taste real home made Hungarian flavours at the event called Kezmuves Izek Vasara. Visit the square in December and taste special foods.
Folklore Show and Dinner Cruise is shown even during Christmas time. Would you like to enjoy both programs? You could choose the combination ticket.
Winter in Budapest could be very frosty but the view of Budapest from the Danube makes you forget this feeling.
So be brave and get a Danube River Cruise if you are in Budapest.
Warm up with a mulled wine while admiring Budapest with its beautiful winter lights from your heated boats.
You could even drink grog, cocktail or beer instead of mulled wine if you take a Mulled Wine Cruise Budapest.
Visiting the Obuda Christmas Festival in Budapest feels a bit like visiting a little town within Budapest. In fact Obuda is the Old Buda town, which merged into Budapest in the 19th century. Its lovely main square (Fo ter) and several historical buildings are the venues of this festival – off the beaten path Budapest.
The Quarter 6 Quarter 7 Festival is one of the major Jewish festivals in Budapest, which has a vivid Jewish community life in downtown Budapest, in District 6 and 7 (hence quarter 6 and 7). Held twice a year, once in spring, once in winter. The winter festival is basically a celebration of Hannukah.
Saturday Night of Baths in Budapest is a fun event series with the major Budapest baths opening their gates at night for a great party atmosphere. Most parties take place in Lukacs Baths, but the pre New Year Party is a special Cinetrip edition with loads of big stuff and extras in Szechenyi Baths: New Year Party Szechenyi Bath.
Event page: Budapest bath parties.
If you are planning to spend Valentine’s day in Budapest, do not miss out Valentine’s Cruise Budapest. Your partner will be blown away of the beautiful view of Budapest.
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