Budapest Seasonal & holiday activities

Our most recommended Budapest Seasonal & holiday activities

Budapest: New Year's Eve Gala & Dinner Cruise

1. Budapest: New Year's Eve Gala & Dinner Cruise

Exquisite Budapest New Year’s Eve Cruise, magical, golden panorama, and a festive piano show guarantee the captivating, joyful atmosphere of this special night. Enjoy an outstanding dinner cruise in an exclusive and luxurious environment. Set sail and be greeted with a welcome cocktail, before feasting on a festive, 5-course dinner. Listen to an enchanting piano show that ensures the celebratory atmosphere of the cruise the whole night.  Enjoy a 5-course menu that offers plenty of choices for you to select from. Even if you prefer international or Hungarian taste you'll find the best options. Are you vegetarian or Vegan? No problem, the variety of dishes allows you to find your type even if you have a food intolerance. The 5-course menu consists of: Amuse-bouche Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing/Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams Soup: Hungarian Goulash Soup/seasonal Cream Soup Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles/Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil/Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce/Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion/Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis/Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce After the exquisite dinner, anchor in front of the floodlit House of Parliament until it clocks midnight and toast for an already fantastic New Year. The midnight champagne will be followed by one of the plenty of Hungarian traditions to have good luck, health, wealth, and of course, happiness for the next year.

Budapest: Christmas & New Year Special Danube Dinner Cruises

2. Budapest: Christmas & New Year Special Danube Dinner Cruises

Make some special memories on your winter holiday as you spend an evening sailing along the Danube. Enjoy a freshly prepared, multi-course dinner as you take in the sights of the city and relax under the stars. Cruise past Budapest’s imperial monuments illuminated at the night. Indulge in good food, enjoy the festive atmosphere thanks to international popular music and Hungarian favorites. Sample Dinner Menu: Starters/salads: Cold poultry terrine, fresh mixed salad with balsamic vinegar dressing and crumbled goat cheese, caesar salad with chicken breast, soups Hungarian Fish Soup "Baja" style (Carp), vegetable soup with tarragon. Main courses: Hungarian cabbage stew “Székely” style, Carpathian style filet of pikeperch with hash browns, chestnut filled turkey rolls, grilled vegetables and baked goods (mini buns, mini croissant, sliced bread mix). Desserts: rum mousse with prunes, Beigli selection, traditional Hungarian Christmas cake roll with walnut/poppy/chestnut fillings. Open bar drink selection: wine, draught beer, mineral water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, mulled wine, punch, non-alcoholic punch.

Christmas Dinner Cruise With Piano Battle Show

3. Christmas Dinner Cruise With Piano Battle Show

You can welcome the Holy Night by a Christmas Day Cruise sailing on the second longest river of Europe. Let us introduce you the Hungarian cuisine through a fine 4-course dinner and some excellent products of Hungarian winemaking during this luxurious Budapest dinner cruise. You can choose from 2 appetizers, two soups, six main courses and two desserts. Vegans and vegetarians can also be satisfied as the menu contains courses satisfying their special needs too. Our 4-course menu includes: Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing/Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams. Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles/Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil/Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce/Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion/Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad and balsamic vinegar. Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis/Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce. Please add the desired food to your booking and we will definitely contact you. You will be enchanted not only by the amazing buildings of Budapest and the fine Hungarian tastes but by a fantastic piano concert too. After dinner you can enjoy live piano music. Two talented pianists “fight” with each other performing a Piano Battle Show. It is guaranteed that you will have a great time and you will enjoy the well-known piano pieces, whether you prefer cheerful or melancholic music. Besides delicious cuisine and a special festive live piano show, the spectacular view of the whole illuminated Budapest will fascinate you throughout the Christmas cruise dinner. Have a truly unforgettable experience for the whole family in the spirit of luxury! If you spend your wintertime at Budapest do not miss our special Xmas Eve Cruise as it is available only once a year!

Budapest: New Years Eve Pub and Party Crawl

4. Budapest: New Years Eve Pub and Party Crawl

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Budapest by joining some of the biggest parties of the night. Hop from club to club with exclusive entrances and a preplanned itinerary. With free access and no waiting lines, you'll feel like a true VIP. Ring in the new year and go on one of the wildest pub, club, and party crawls in Budapest. Forget about long lines and barred entry — you'll get into the most exclusive venues and get the real VIP experience. Enjoy special planned surprises along the way and end the night at one of the top clubs in Budapest.

Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

5. Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

Get a local point of view on Budapest’s Christmas traditions and culture while seeing some of the inner city’s top sights. On this 2.5-hour tour, your guide will take you to two Christmas markets where you’ll find Hungarian handicrafts, trinkets, souvenirs, and local foods and sweets on offer. Along the way you’ll see the Opera House, Andrassy Boulevard, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Enjoy a guided visit to the basilica, and see the impressive Holy Right Chapel. You’ll have the option of admiring the holiday decorations inside the basilica and around the square. At the end of the tour there’s hot mulled wine waiting for you! Your guide will leave you in Vorosmarty Square, the site of the city’s biggest Christmas market, so that you can do some holiday shopping on your own.

New Year's Eve Unlimited Booze Cruise

6. New Year's Eve Unlimited Booze Cruise

On New Year’s Eve, we invite you to our fantastic party boat to a truly special Budapest New Year's Eve Cruise. We cruise through Budapest on the most breath-taking and romantic river section, the bridge-woven, floodlit Danube. Partake in a 3-hour panoramic sightseeing tour in the fabulous capital city of Hungary. During the tour guests can marvel at the historical sights and landmarks of Budapest. The cruise departs from the heart of the city. In addition to the amazing sightseeing experience, the ticket includes unlimited drink consumption of the following: • House Wines (white, red & rozé) • Draught Beer • Champagne (sweet & dry) • Coca Cola Soft drinks (Coca Cola, Coca Cola zero, Sprite Zero, Fanta orange, Kinley Ginger, Kinley Tonic) • Water • Tea & coffee Join us at New Year's Eve on board and experience a new way of welcoming the upcoming future.

Budapest Christmas Market: Private Walking Tour

7. Budapest Christmas Market: Private Walking Tour

Admire the products of local handicrafts, degust the unique Hungarian tastes, and enjoy walking under the wonderful Christmas lights while a guide shares interesting facts with the group about the Hungarian festive season. Learn about the most important decoration on the tree in Hungary, and who brings Christmas gifts for the Hungarians instead of Santa Claus. Explore two of the capital's most famous Christmas Markets while being led by a guide, and taste chimney cake with mulled wine while the guide teaches the group about Hungarian Christmas and answers questions about its traditions. Please note: Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test from shoppers is required before entry to the territory of the Christmas markets.

Budapest: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

8. Budapest: Christmas Magic Walking Tour

Get into the holiday spirit on this guided walking tour in Budapest. Together with a professional local guide, visit the most festively decorated places including Matthias Church, the Christmas market, and more. Learn local Christmas stories and legends. This special time of year brings magic to Budapest. Visit the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle, and Matthias Church. Shop and taste local Christmas products at the old-fashioned Christmas market hall. Walk around Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) and feel spellbound by the charming Christmas atmosphere all around, something you can only experience this time of year in Budapest.

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What people are saying about Budapest

Overall rating

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Everything was beautiful! The staff was polite and made you feel very comfortable. We also liked the food. There was enough for everyone, and there were drinks for every taste. Later was a dance program. Full of fun, creative and beautiful. The live music all evening long was a dream! We have never heard such professional musicians! Our special thanks for the violinist.

Good food and experience. I think the only bad thing is that they made you share a table for lunch and you were at the same table with another couple or group. In our case it was not a problem because we had a good group but they never told us. It lacked music and more New Year's atmosphere but the boat and the really nice experience.

Very good tour with Christie. She is very knowledgeable of Hungarian history. She speaks excellent English and also Italian! The chimney cake and wine was great too! We highly recommend her and the tour

Fantastic night out with 100+ people, the guides were great, managed to control a lot of people.. And the bars were cool. Looking forward to my next trip... Will defo go out with them again.

Very nice, but I didn't choose well. There is a one-in-one difference with Paris