What to do and see in Budapest in December of 2019?
Discover the numerous events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in December.
Budapest Christmas Markets in December 2019
Budapest becomes fairy in December with its many Christmas markets in the city center. This is the unique opportunity to discover the city, its architecture and immerse yourself in this warm and festive atmosphere. We have listed the main Christmas markets of Budapest in December 2019 such as those of Vörösmarty Square and the St Stephen Basilica: find them in our special article on ‘the best Christmas markets of Budapest‘ on this link and also discover our article ‘What to eat at the Christmas markets of Budapest?’ on this link.
CONCERTS ST. STEPHAN BASILIC A
In the majestic setting of St. Stephen’s Basilica in the center of Pest is performed a weekly organ concert by Miklós Teleki. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous singers of oratorio concerts in Hungary and you can also listen to the flutist Eleonóra Krusic. Concert every thursday at 8.00 pm with the program (subject to change): Mozart: Fantasy in F minor K 608, Antonio Vivaldi: 4 Seasons – Winter, Alessandro Stradella: Pieta Signore, Tomaso Albinoni: Adagio, Ferenc Liszt: Choral, Franz Schubert: Maria Ave, Robert Schumann, George Bizet, Johann Sebastian Bach, …
Duration about 70 minutes. Tickets from 20 €
Organ Concert Tickets and Concert Tickets – click here
You can also attend concerts of the Duna String Orchestra in Budapest every Tuesday and Sunday at 20:00. On the program (subject to change): Bach (Air BWV 1068), Händel (Rejoice), Albinoni (Adagio), Vivaldi (The Four Seasons ‘Extracts’), Gounod (Ave Maria), Händel (Largo, opera Xerxes), Schubert (Ave Maria), Mozart, Wolfgang (Requiem ‘extracts’), Bizet (Agnus Dei) among others.
Duration: about 70 mn. Tickets starting from 33 € in category C.
Address: Szent István tér 1, 5th district, Pest – plan –
Budapest skating rink in december
From mid-November until the end of February, come and discover the ‘Városliget’ ice rink, the largest outdoor of its kind in Europe, located on the edge of the ‘City Wood’, the largest green space in the Hungarian capital with a magnificent view of Vajdahunyad Castle! You can rent skates and after this unique experience enjoy good hot chocolate on the terrace.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9h to 13h and from 17h to 21h; Saturday and Sunday from 09h to 13h and 16h to 21h (until 20h on Sunday). Price: 1500 Ft (≈5 €) the entry on weekdays until Friday noon, then 2,000 Ft on weekends (≈7 €). Skate rentals: 1800 Ft (≈6 €) – Website – Map –
Address: Olof Palme sétány. 5, 14th district.
New Year Concert of the 100 Gypsy Violins Orchestra on December 30.
The 100 Gypsy Violins Orchestra is performing a Gala Concert at the Budapest Congress Center. The event begins with wine tasting and a folk dance show. The concert (Strauss, Brahms, Khatchaturian, Brahms, Strauss, Bizet, Rossini and Liszt …) can also be combined with a gourmet dinner ( different ticket caregory options).
The program: 18.15-18.45: Wine tasting, folk dance 19.00: Concert 1st part / dinner, 20.00: Break, 20.20: concert 2nd part / continuation of the dinner.
Tickets from 45 € in category VI.
(attention, concert usually fully booked from the end of November).
Address: Budapest Kongresszusi Központ, 1123 Budapest, Jagelló u. 1-3. 12th District, Buda – Map – Video of the 100 Gypsy Violins Orchestra:
MATTHIAS CHURCH CONCERT in December
In the magnificent Matthias Church in the historic old town of Buda, classical music concerts are organized at 19:00 with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra performing compositions by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Vivaldi, among others.
from 33 € (in category B).
Information Concerts Matthias Church and tickets here
Address: Szentháromság tér 2, 1st district, Buda – map –
FOLKLORE DANCE SHOW AT THE DANUBE PALACE
Discover the art of folk dance in Hungary during a 90-minute show (including an intermission) in the unique setting of the Danube Palace in Pest in the city center. True testimony of the Hungarian heritage, this show will reveal the tradition of costumes, music and dance of Hungary and its former empire. Tickets (3 categories) are also offered with a pick-up service.
Duration: about 90 minutes. Tickets starting from 24 € .
Budapest Cruises on the Danube River
Discover Budapest with a cruise on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night, to admire Buda Castle, Matthias Church, the Hungarian Parliament, the Citadel, the Hotel Gellért, .. It is also possible to go on a dinner cruise every evening (duration 2h45).
Full Information and booking on this link of our article ‘Cruises in Budapest’.
Surprise Christmas Concert: Budapest Festival Orchestra
The Budapest Festival Symphony Orchestra will perform on Wednesday, December 26th at 19:45 for a unique ‘Surprise Concert’ at the Budapest Congress Center.
As you can see on the video above, the public is asked to select some of the concert programs.
Address: Budapest Kongresszusi Központ, Jagelló u. 1-3. XIIth district, Buda – map.
Discover other concerts of Christmas 2019 in Budapest:
Discover also New Year’s concerts in Budapest!
SPARTY bath parties at the Széchényi baths
The Széchenyi Baths host the Sparty Parties on Saturday December 7th and Sunday, December 30th, 2019 (date awaiting confirmation) in their outdoor baths. In this impressive setting await you animations, dancers, 3D projections and DJs Live sets for a unique evening in winter. Information and tickets on the Spartybooking website.
Video of the Sparty event on this link.
The Széchenyi baths can be reached by public transport via the Metro M1 – Széchenyi fürdő station – and trolley bus 72 – Széchenyi fürdő station. Address: Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 14th district, Pest – plan.