Budapest is an ideal travel destination in December: but what can you do in December in Budapest? There are three December things to do in Budapest which seem to take all: Budapest Christmas, New Year and Hannukah. We have put together detailed guides for all, and see some more options too. Lots of things to do indeed!
December in Budapest: Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square – photo by Le Foto di Grimmo
Budapest New Year:
The city of Budapest is in a festive mood all December with several nice Christmas fairs with live shows and even a rich programme for the upcoming Hannukah in the Old Jewish Quarters. Basically, December equals a month long Budapest Christmas festival with bigger and smaller markets, Advent concerts, Nutcracker ballet, people strolling with mulled wines and Chimney cakes, chestnuts and sausages sizzling and popping on the open air grills at the fairs, Xmas shows for children and adults, etc.
In addition to the Xmas and Hannukah events, you can enjoy many of the winter things to do in Budapest, like skating (at some of the Christmas markets too!), or lazily soaking in the warm thermal baths in the wintry open air, hiding under the puffs of steaming water to gaze at the stars (Szechenyi Bath is open until 10 pm, and so are its outdoor thermal pools even in the winter weather!). If you do the bath on Jan 1 against hangover, book a ticket in advance. And a massage. Nothing better. Almost nothing.
Quarter6Quarter7 Festival in December, Budapest
Szechenyi Bath Budapest December
Skating lesson for children on the Ice Rink Budapest
Budapest in December: Fishermans Bastion covered in snow – photo by Le Foto di Grimmo
The statue of Count Alexander Karolyi at Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest City Park – meditating on the snow covered bench (the statue was made by Alajos Strobl in 1908). The count was an advocate of farmer cooperatives based on the examples he saw on successful farms in western Europe. His statue stands by the Hungarian Agricultural Museum (which is inside the Vajdahunyad Castle).
And here is the statue of the count in a broader context, in the Vajdahunyad Castle, right next to a huge outdoor ice rink, one of the favourite places of locals to visit in December in Budapest:
Christmas Market Budapest
Christmas market Budapest: from Christmas tree decors through handcrafted silk shawls and leather belts to mulled wines, sausages and Hungarian specialties.