What to do and see in Budapest in December
Discover the many events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in December.

Budapest Christmas markets in December

Budapest becomes fantastic in December with its many Christmas markets in the city center. It is a unique opportunity to discover the city and its architecture and immerse yourself in this warm and festive atmosphere. We have listed the most important Christmas markets in Budapest in December 2020, such as Vörösmarty Square and St. Stephen’s Basilica: You can find them in our special article The best Christmas markets in Budapest on this link, and also read our article What is on offer at the Christmas markets in Budapest?

Stefan Basilica concerts 3, 10, 17 and 30 December

Miklusz Teleca’s weekly organ concert takes place in the majestic setting of St. Stephen’s Basilica in the centre of Pest. The arias in the programme are performed by Kolos Kovac, one of the most famous orchestral singers in Hungary, and you can also listen to flutist Eleonora Krusic.

Concert at 20.00 with programme (subject to change) : Mozart, Vivaldi, Alessandro Stradella, Tomaso Albinoni, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, George Bizet, Johann Sebastian Bach, …

It’ll take about 70 minutes. From 20 euros.
Organ and concert tickets – click here

Address : SV. St. Stephen’s Basilica, St. Istvan Ter 1, 5. Pest County – Map –

Robert Doino: Paris to Palm Springs.

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This major exhibition is held in the Hungarian House of Photography (Mai Manó Ház) in the center of Pest until the 10th anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian National Gallery. January 2021.
In 1960 the American magazine Fortune asked the French photographer Robert Doynot (1912-1994) to tell the story of a city born in the middle of the Californian desert: Palm Springs. There the photographer created his own American dream, not in black and white, but in an explosion of colour. These pictures from the Palm Springs album from 1960 show the little known side of this great photographer.

From Paris to Palm Springs, the exhibition presents a hundred original images, famous paintings, but also images that the public has never seen before. Most come from his studio and from important private collections in France. This extensive collection, enriched with documents and personal testimonies lovingly collected by the photographer’s daughter, offers us a modern and critical reinterpretation of the work.

Address : May Mano’s house, Nagymező you. 20, 6. County, Plague – map – location – FB.
Hours of operation : Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.


In addition, every Tuesday and Sunday at 20.00 hours you can attend the concerts of the Duna string orchestra in St. Stephen’s Cathedral. About the programme (subject to change) : Bach, Handel, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Guno, Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Bizet and others.

Duration: approximately 70 minutes. Tickets from 37 € in category C. Information about the Danube String Orchestra and tickets – click here.

Address : SV. St. Stephen’s Basilica, St. Istvan Ter 1, 5. Pest County – Map –

Budapest skating rink in December

From mid-November to the end of February, discover Europe’s largest ice rink, Városliget, on the edge of the city forest, the largest green space in the Hungarian capital with a magnificent view of the Vaidahunyad castle! After this unique experience you can rent skates and enjoy a nice hot chocolate on the terrace.
Working hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday to 8 p.m.) Price: 1500 feet (≈ €5) – weekday until Friday afternoon, then 2000 feet – weekend (≈ €7). Skate rental: 1800 feet (≈ 6 €) – website – map – address
: Olof Palme Setani. 5, 14. County.

MATICAL CENTRE CONCERT – 11.18. and 28. December 2020

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In the beautiful St. Matthew’s Church in the historic Old Town of Budapest, classical music concerts with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra, with compositions by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Vivaldi among others, will take place at 19.00 hrs.

From 37 € (in category B).
Information concerts and tickets for the Matthias Church – click here.

Address : Sentaromsag ter 2, 1. Province, Buda – Map –

New Year’s concert with an orchestra of 100 gypsy violins on 30 December.

An orchestra of 100 gypsy violins will give a gala concert in the Congress Centre of Budapest. Tuesday the 30th. In December 2020 there will be a two-part concert, as well as folk dances, wine tastings and a gala dinner (depending on the ticket category chosen). The Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1985, plays the soul of the gypsies with virtuosity.

This orchestra presents a varied programme that combines the tradition of the Hungarian gypsy violin with works by Khachaturian, Brahms, Strauss and Bizet.
The works are performed without score by 100 gypsy musicians, mostly violins, but also cello’s, double basses, records and clarinets.

Tickets from 45 € in category VI.
Information concert 100 gypsy violin orchestra and tickets – click here.

Address : Budapest Congress Centre, Jagiello and 1-3. XII. Block, Buddha –

Budapest Danube cruises

Discover Budapest with a cruise on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night, around the Budapest Castle, the Matthias Church, the Hungarian Parliament, the Citadel, the Gellért Hotel,…

For more information about a cruise to Budapest – click here.

You also have the possibility to dine on the cruise while admiring Budapest in the evening!

Enjoy a two-and-a-half hour Danube cruise with a four-course menu and a musical show by local Hungarian artists:

For more information and to book a dinner cruise – click here.

Discover more Christmas concerts in Budapest:

Information and tickets for the Christmas concert – click here

New Year concerts in Budapest

Information and tickets for New Year’s Eve concerts in Budapest – click here.

operas, classical concerts and performances in Budapest in December can also be found in our special article here.

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