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Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Budapest

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Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Budapest
With festive lights, Christmas markets, frozen lakes, and the smell of cinnamon-spiced mulled wine wafting through the air, Budapest is a magical place to spend Christmas and New Year’s. Here are a few ways to make the most of your festive stay in the Hungarian capital. 

See the City Illuminated
During the holiday season, Budapest’s landmarks twinkle majestically after nightfall. Andrássy Avenue positively glitters throughout December, as do some of Budapest’s trams, which are decorated with thousands of LED fairy lights to mark the yuletide season. 

Cruise the Danube
Some of the best views of Budapest are from the Danube River. River cruises depart throughout the festive season, offering front-row views of the floodlit banks of Hungary’s capital, and dinner and drinks on board. Opt for New Year’s Eve dinner cruises and toast the evening with sparkling wine, dance to live music, and watch from the upper deck as fireworks light up the sky and the revelers at riverside street parties celebrate the arrival of the new year. 

Shop at Christmas Markets
Christmas markets are an annual tradition in Budapest. During the month of December, squares across the city, including the central Vorosmarty Square, fill with vendors selling handmade toys, gifts, and souvenirs, as well as mulled wine, roast chestnuts, and kürtőskalács (chimney cake)—a sweet cylindrical dough treat sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon, or nuts.

Catch a Christmas Concert
Budapest is renowned for its cultural—and, in particular, its musical—offerings. Attending a classical music performance is an excellent way to while away cold winter evenings. Over the Christmas period you’ll find a packed calendar of concerts, ranging from chamber orchestra performances of Vivaldi and Strauss works to solo piano shows, taking place in venues such as the neobaroque Danube Palace.
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Christmas Eve Dinner&Cruise on the DanubeChristmas

Christmas Eve Dinner&Cruise on the Danube

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Celebrate Christmas Eve in style this year during a Budapest cruise. Sail on the Danube River beneath the evening sky and see Budapest’s landmarks festively illuminated. Feast on a gourmet 4-course buffet dinner, featuring Hungarian classics such as stuffed cabbage, pork ribs, and dumplings, and listen to live gypsy music performed by Rajkó the Folk Orchestra. Three drinks are also included on this cruise.
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New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise in BudapestNew Years

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise in Budapest

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Ring in the new year right on a casual Danube cruise. Enjoy unlimited beer, house wine, and soft drinks, plus a glass of Champagne when the clock strikes midnight. This New Year's Eve river cruise also includes a buffet of hot and cold appetizers. Along the way, you’ll see the iconic sights of Budapest illuminated at night.
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Budapest Christmas Market TourChristmas

Budapest Christmas Market Tour

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Go on a Christmas adventure in Budapest, and explore four Christmas markets on this small-group tour in Hungary’s capital city. Check out the Christmas lights and decorations set up for the holidays, sample traditional Hungarian Christmas treats and shop the stalls for little gifts or souvenirs (own expense). Hear myths about the area, and learn about the city’s holiday traditions along the way.
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Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Basilica visit & Wine TastingWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Basilica visit & Wine Tasting

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Get into the holiday spirit with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Budapest’s Christmas markets. Follow a guide through the city streets to see Andrássy Avenue, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Hungarian State Opera House. Then stop at a cellar for tastings of three local wines, such as the beloved Bull’s Blood and Tokaj. Afterward, head to the Christmas markets to peruse handmade mementos and Hungarian delicacies. You’ll be treated to a cup of mulled wine at the end of your tour.
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Budapest Christmas Market & Food TourChristmas

Budapest Christmas Market & Food Tour

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Celebrate the yuletide season with a festive 3-hour tour of Budapest’s Christmas markets. Soak up the magic of winter in the city as you visit four different Christmas markets, shop for traditional handicrafts and gifts, and sample an array of flavorsome holiday foods. Sip mulled wine, munch on stuffed flatbread and taste delicious strudel while hearing about Hungary’s unique Christmas traditions from your guide. This small-group tour is limited to 8 people to ensure a personalized experience.
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Eger Christmas Market and Castle visitDay Trips

Eger Christmas Market and Castle visit

Be part of the beautiful Eger town's magical history and visit Hungary's most beautiful fortress castles with your English speaking, professional private driver and guide, with the advantage of setting your own pace. The Castle of Eger, built in the 13th century will be the backdrop of the beautifully illuminated walking street of Eger at Dobo Istvan Square the Christmas lights will create a festive atmosphere of the town, with stalls offering their local produce. Be our guest for a tasty mulled wine on this trip. Upon request the driver will take you to the famous wine region of Eger, to the Valley of the beautiful woman for some wine tasting. You will be picked up and dropped of at your Budapest hotel. With 1-3 people in a car for the same price. For bigger groups we can send a minibus up to 18 seat upon request.
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Budapest Private City Tour and Christmas MarketsChristmas

Budapest Private City Tour and Christmas Markets

While in Budapest, check out this private city and Christmas markets tour that gives you a compelling look at the history and culture of the city. First hit the streets with your private guide taking in views of popular attractions of Hungary’s capital, and then make your way to at least three Christmas markets. Shop for gifts (own expense), admire the holiday-themed stalls, and enjoy the company of your group members during this private experience.
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Christmas Lights, Beautiful Budapest with Mulled Wine!Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Christmas Lights, Beautiful Budapest with Mulled Wine!

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Christmas season is the best way to celebrate the holiday season and, Budapest has one of the most beautiful celebration of Christmas in Europe. We will spend the time experiencing the magic of Budapest’s Christmas streets and markets, while also learning about the Hungarian way of celebrating this time of the year. In our small group, you can enjoy a high level of interactivity and you are free to ask your guide anytime. In the middle of the tour, you are our guest for some mulled wine. Feel yourself welcome to join to the Hungarian holy celebration. In this 3-hour special tour, we are going to be in the most beautiful and Christmasy areas of Budapest. This is a special winter edition tour so do not miss it! Please keep in mind that this is a walking tour. The estimated walking distance is 3km.
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Merry Markets Experience in Budapest with Wine TasingWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Merry Markets Experience in Budapest with Wine Tasing

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Capture the Christmas spirit on this 2.5-hour tour of Budapest’s festive scene. In the midst of the holiday season, you’ll discover Budapest’s Christmas markets, sip spiced mulled wine, and learn about Hungarian Christmas traditions. Visit top attractions such as St. Stephen’s Basilica, considered one of the country’s most beautiful Catholic churches, and sample traditional Christmas cake on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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Magic Christmas Tour in BudapestChristmas

Magic Christmas Tour in Budapest

The exclusive tour only in the Christmas period! This special times brings magic in Budapest city. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places in Budapest - Hungarian Parliament building, Buda Castle, Matthias Church. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the Heroes Square, which you can feel only this time of the year! What is the story of the Christmas tree? Who was the first to decorate it in the world? What magical things can happen during the Christmas period? Have you heard about Christmas spells? You will hear miraculous Christmas legends about Budapest. You will visit the old-fashioned Christmas Market Hall. What makes it so popular? What local products is must taste at Christmas? Fill your heart with the joy and experience magic of Budapest.
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New Year's Eve Gala Dinner with Hungarian Dance PerformanceNew Years

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner with Hungarian Dance Performance

Celebrate the New Year in a special and authentic way! The event is compiled of a delicious 5 course gala dinner with a carefully selected menu for the occasion. The autenthic New Year's Eve Hungarian Folklore Show is performed by the members of one of the famous Hungarian folk ensemble. The 3 pair of dancers and the 6 musicians give you the viewer a broad insight into Hungarian music, dance and costume heritage. The night is complete with a splendid standing reception in ballroom atmosphere for a multi-cultural audience. The reception includes open bar with unlimited drink consumption and traditional Hungarian New Year's dinner. The program takes place in one of Budapest Downtown's most distinguished theatre buildings, in the Danube Palace. Our special New Year's Eve Program combines a delicious, exclusive Gala Dinner with our magnificent Folklore Program and a glorious ballroom party to make your New Year's Eve an unforgettable experience.
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New Year's Eve Gala Concert with Dinner and Ballroom PartyNew Years

New Year's Eve Gala Concert with Dinner and Ballroom Party

If you’ll be in Budapest on December 31st, celebrate in style at a New Year’s Eve gala concert with a 5-course dinner and a ticket to a ballroom party. At the Danube Palace, a downtown theater venue, listen to the Budapest Gala Orchestra perform the classical works of musicians like Johann Strauss in an elegant, 19th-century setting. Then, ring in 2018 at the party with an open bar.
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