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Christmas Day in Budapest: What To Do

December 16, 2021
Budapest is such an underrated city that many don't know that it's actually one of the best places in the world to celebrate Christmas. It's high up there with the likes of New York, London, Paris, and more. Beyond its role as the capital city of Hungary, Budapest lights up unlike any other come the holiday season. From the stunning decor and lively festivals to unique traditions that highlight the city's heritage, there are tons to look forward to in Budapest at this time of the year. As for what you can do in the city during the holidays, here are a few great examples.

Christmas Day in Budapest: What To Do


Go on a Photography Tour of Budapest

Budapest during the holiday season, covered in white snow, is truly a sight to behold. So much so that you can spend an entire day taking photos and it's still not enough. Of course, there are iconic sights such as the Danube River, the Hungarian Parliament, and the Fisherman's Bastion, among many others. On their own, they're already magnificent and stupendous, worthy of any travel photographer to snap away to their heart's content. But come December? They look even more magical! So much so, they almost look unreal! But they are and if you're in the Hungarian capital to spend the holiday season, you'll want to take photos of these sights!
Christmas Day in Budapest: What To Do
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Enjoy a Holiday Cruise

Speaking of Budapest's Danube River, did you know that you can take a cruise on it even during the holiday season? Packed with a gourmet buffet dinner, live music, and, of course, the stunning sights of the Hungarian capital all lit up for Christmastime, you won't want to miss out on this truly unique and wonderful experience. If you want, you can even book a cruise on December 24, Christmas eve, and have your Christmas dinner there! Now that'll be quite the holiday memory in Hungary! And before you board the ferry, make sure your phone is all charged up because you'll be snapping away taking photos left and right!
Christmas Day in Budapest: What To Do
Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Adam Jones, Ph.D.


Have a Warm Dip

Beyond the grand churches and stunning monuments, one of the most famous spots in Budapest is the thermal Szechenyi Baths. No matter what time of the year it is (yes, even during summer!), many people go here to take a warm and relaxing dip. Some even bring their friend and families along too! And since the holiday season is also the start of winter, you can expect this place to be filled! It's not always worthwhile to go somewhere crowded but when it comes to the famous Szechenyi Baths during winter, you'll want to make an exception! Yes, they're open even during the holiday season. They even host Christmas events at times!
Christmas Day in Budapest: What To Do
Source: Wikimedia Commons


Shop at a Christmas Market

If you're staying in Budapest—or in any other European city, for that matter!—during the holiday season, you can't pass on visiting its Christmas markets. These lively holiday fairs are annual traditions, a huge part of their culture that you ought to not miss. From delicious traditional treats to all sorts of fascinating knick-knacks, who knows what you'll find and discover in these markets? Here in the Hungarian capital, the best Christmas fairs include Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market, the largest and longest-running in the city, and St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market, known for its beautiful lights and delectable food stalls.
Christmas Day in Budapest: What To Do
Source: Wikimedia Commons


Watch 'The Nutcracker' Ballet

The stunning Hungarian State Opera House is definitely a tourist attraction you just have to see at least once here in Budapest. Both its exterior and interior will take your breath away. But during the holiday season, however, you have another reason for visiting this place. Every year, in this grand monumental theater, the National Ballet Institute presents 'The Nutcracker' ballet. It's a tradition they've long held for quite a while and for many locals in the area, watching it is part of their own Christmas traditions as well. Wouldn't you want to experience what it means to celebrate Christmas like a local in Budapest? Well, watching this show is one of them!
Christmas Day in Budapest: What To Do
Source: Flickr.com/ Gabriel Saldana


See Hungarian Folk Dances

Speaking of dancing, or rather, watching others dance if you truly want to go the more traditional and cultural route during the holiday season in Budapest, go watch some locals perform folk dances! Dressed in their traditional garb and moving to the beat of their local folk music, it's truly fascinating seeing people embrace their culture during this time of the year. It really makes you feel special, seeing it in person and joining in on the fun of Hungarians reveling in their own beautiful and unique heritage. As for where to watch it, there are tons to choose from but the one you really ought to see is the Folk Dinner in a Traditional Hungarian Inn!
Christmas Day in Budapest: What To Do
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Not many people know this but Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is actually among the best places in the world to spend the holiday season. This city has lots to offer during this time of the year, ranging from thermal baths to traditional folk dances and more!

If you're up for a peaceful Christmas in Budapest, staying in and relaxing in your luxury home will do just fine too!




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