Things to do in Budapest in January

Budapest is buzzing even in the chilly months, but you need to research a bit on the current January events. Except for the Budapest New Year’s Day Programs on or around January 1.

Our handpicked list for things to do in Budapest in January only enlists the annually recurring festivals and fairs, for the January current events.

Things to do in January

Baths – Wellness & Recreation in Budapest in January

As winters are cold, thermal baths are generally very popular in January. What is more, not only indoor bathing, but taking an open air warm bath at Gellert Spa or Szechenyi Baths, the two most favoured spa baths, is a highlight for many visitors in January, but Rudas Bath is somewhat off the radar of mainstream tourists. For a relaxing day you may opt for a Rudas Bath Wellness & Gastro experience. Alternatively, you can combine a professional guided bus & walking tour with a visit to Gellert Spa in the Gellert Spa & City Tour package.

Szechenyi Bath Winter: minutes before snowing

Szechenyi Bath Winter: minutes before snowing – photo by Andrew Hall

In Szechenyi Bath, the main pool is outdoor, heated up, so even in cold weather, like January, when any time snow may start to fall, it can be a magical and merry thing to stay in the thermal bath and get the softly falling snowflakes on top of you, as if getting a gentle stroke or blessing. Once in a lifetime experience. Of course, the snow is not guaranteed by Szechenyi Bath, it is still a fantastic thing to do. The bath has long opening hours, so you can also see the stars if the sky is clear. How gorgeous is that? See the photo of Szechenyi Bath minutes before snowing.

January River Cruises in Budapest

January River Cruises in Budapest

Cruises in January in Budapest

Starting with the festive Budapest New Year’s Day Cruises on Jan 1, each day in January offers various Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises on the Danube as well.
You may check the Winter Cruise Calendar, and choose from a wide range of themed cruises, such as the Wine Tasting Cruise, Cocktail Cruise. To save on prices in Budapest, you can opt for a Budget Sightseeing Cruises.

Tours in January in Budapest

Winter Segway Tour in Budapest

Winter Segway Tour in Budapest

Discover one of the biggest and most beautiful parliament buildings in the world in the heart of Budapest in a Hungarian Parliament Tour, then enjoy the beautiful panorama of Budapest from the top of the Buda Castle District on a Guided Buda Castle Tour, or enjoy a fun Budapest Segway Tour with various routes, taking you to the wintery beauty of the City Park where Vajdahunyad Castle, the Ice Rink Palace, the Ice Rink and Szechenyi Baths are all located. Tranquil, but not only for nature lovers.

Concerts in January in Budapest

New Year Concerts, Budapest are featured at various concert halls in the city- January 1 & 2 are the days to start the New Year and its resolutions with beautiful music. The New Year’s Concert at the Palace of Arts and at St Stephen’s Basilica are probably the most popular classical music events in January in Budapest.

Check the daily concert events on the following link: January Concerts in Budapest.

Festivals & Exhibitions in January in Budapest

The tail of the Budapest Christmas Market by St Stephen’s Basilica can be still enjoyed as the Christmas Market in Budapest is open until Jan 1. The handcrafted gifts are of good quality and unique to take home from Hungary – any time.

In January most of the Christmas and New Year festivals are over, but other events are on.

Jan 25-26, 2020: Wedding Fair & Exhibition, Budapest is an annual fair at Papp Laszlo Budapest Sport Arena. During the two day event you can see international and Hungarian wedding dresses, decor, accessories, get ideas for your planned dream wedding etc. and meet wedding professionals from Hungary and other countries.

Outdoor Activities in January

Budapest Ice Skating Rink by the Vajdahunyad Castle

Budapest Ice Skating Rink by the Vajdahunyad Castle

Skating in the City Park – in winter time you can skate on the more than 140 year old open air artificial ice rink in the City Park of Budapest (the lake is a boating lake in spring, summer and autumn months, while in winter it turns into a popular ice rink. The ‘Varosligeti Mujegpalya’ ice rink is quite big, and is packed with locals (skates can be hired on the spot).

January sales, Budapest shops: after the Christmas sales are over, there comes the even more tempting January sales – more discounts at markets, shopping malls, design boutiques in Budapest. Try the Budapest Central Market Hall or the WestEnd City Shopping Mall or Mammut (Mammoth) Shopping Mall for big sales in a warm place, which is not so bad in the cold January weather prevailing in Budapest.

Here are some winter photos of Budapest, Hungary – snowy, windy and chilly weather can be a challenge for taking good photos, but not a true obstacle:

The Christmas Market on Vorosmarty square, Budapest (the Xmas Fair at the Basilica is open until Jan 2)

Christmas Market Budapest by Budapest Moments

Christmas Market Budapest photo by Budapest Moments

Views from the Citadel on Gellert Hill in January winter time Budapest:

Panoramic views over Budapest from the Citadel, Gellert Hill - winter photo

Winter views over Budapest from the Citadel (photo by Neil Howard)

The Liberty Bridge, Budapest in January winter time:

Liberty Bridge - Budapest winter

Liberty Bridge – Budapest winter Danube (photo by Frantisek Fuka)

The St Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest in January winter time:

St Stephen's Basilica in January Budapest


The Hungarian Parliament building by the Danube in Budapest in January winter time:

Hungarian Parliament Winter Tours Budapest Peter Sigriest

Hungarian Parliament / Peter Sigriest Photo

Photo at the top: the Lions in a snowy cap at the Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary.