December festivals in the city are both indoor and outdoor festivals despite the cold days in Budapest.
The festivals of the month are undoubtedly the Budapest Christmas markets and festivals, which start in the middle of November, or so, with December Concerts and a beautiful downtown fair.
Budapest Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square: the traditional Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair, ranked among the 10 most attractive fairs in Europe. Market in the heart of the city with many craft stalls, free concerts, nice mulled wines, winter fair and delicious scents. Dates: 11 November, 2016 – 1 January, 2017
Budapest Christmas is rich in events, festivals, fairs, concerts, shows (Nutcracker, and other shows), festive dinners and cruises. There are two beautiful Christmas Markets in Budapest, one by Cafe Gerbeaud and the other one by the St Stephen Cathedral. The Christmas market on Vorosmarty ter opens usually weeks before the Advent, while the Xmas fair at the Cathedral is open from Advent to January 1 or 2.
Thermal pool parties with DJs, laser beams stunningly dancing on the walls of the St Lukacs Baths in Budapest every Saturday in the winter season. Enjoy an incredible pre New Year’s Eve pool party in the warm thermal baths in Szechenyi Baths on December 30, 2016 to welcome 2017.
Warm spring waters keep you warm under the steam clouded pools.
Christmas Market Budapest St Stephen Square by the Szent Istvan Cathedral with festive laser ray compositions colouring the cathedral accompanied with music every afternoon.
Dates of the Market & Advent Festival:
November 27, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Opera Nutcracker Festival in Budapest – Advent weekend events with choirs, mulled wine, and more. Dates: Nov 29 – Dec 24, 2016
New Year Budapest
Let’s not forget about the New Year events spreading in the city of Budapest, from Dec 30 to Jan 2, with lots of pre and after parties, concerts, gala events.
December 31 parties, festivals, and other New Year Budapest events:
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