Find out what’s happening this December in Budapest. We once again brought you the list of events, programs and best things to do in the city. Have fun! Here you can find all January events and tips on the best things to do in January.
1. The Nutcracker – Breakfast & Ballet
2. SlowXmas Budapest
3. Advent at the Puppet Theatre
4. El Greco Exhibition
5. Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival
6. Advent at Újbuda
7. Vegan Szaloncukor Workshop
8. Advent Guided Tour
9. Winter Buzz on Hunyadi Square
10. Hungarian Design Market
The Royal Ballet House’s stunning Nutcracker performances will be broadcast live from 10 December at the Aria Hotel. Guests will be treated to an intimate breakfast courtesy of the Liszt Café, followed by a performance of London Covent Garden’s 2022/23 opera season. The programme will be enlivened by a screening of interviews with the creators during the intermission.
For the fifth year, SlowXmas aims to create a more intimate, relaxed Christmas that focuses on the holidays rather than shopping. The event will take place in five streets of Budapest, with a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. Among other things, there will be gastronomic specialities, cultural events, concerts and children’s activities every day until 24 December.
The Sundays of Advent will also be a cosy time at the Budapest Puppet Theatre, where fun children’s activities are in store for visitors. In December, three great fairy tales will be screened, followed by a Christmas programme. Participants will be able to enjoy carol singing, gingerbread decorating and try the Christmas photo corner.
The dazzling works of the Spanish-Cretan master El Greco can be seen for the first time by the Hungarian public in the Museum of Fine Arts. A wide-ranging exhibition of the oeuvre of this outstanding painter of European art is open to visitors until 19 February. Through more than half a hundred works, visitors can gain insight into the artist’s formal complexity and his far-reaching stylistic development.
From 30 November to 4 December, the best Israeli and international Jewish films of the year will be screened at the Pushkin Art Cinema and the Művész Cinema. In addition to a number of excellent films, the festival will also feature feature films, documentaries and premiere screenings. The films will be screened in their original language with Hungarian and English subtitles.
The Christmas spirit will also visit Újbuda; until 24 December, a market will welcome visitors at Etele Square. The organisers are preparing for visitors with renowned performers, as well as adult and children’s programmes for each day. In addition, in the middle of the month, the much-loved ice rink will be the crowning glory of the festive season.
In December, the Franziska breakfast restaurant is hosting four vegan szaloncukor making workshops. The event will offer two flavours of the traditional sweets; prune with dark chocolate and almond with coconut. During the wokshop, you can choose from a selection of the restaurant’s heavenly pastries, as well as make your own Franziska box and a unique gift card.
Special guided tours with a festive theme will be available at the Hungarian National Gallery during the last month of 2022. On December 2nd, the focus will be on works related to the birth of Jesus and the Christmas holiday, which the participants will be able to get to know with the help of music and scents. The aim of the program is to make the preparation for Christmas even more intimate and unforgettable for the visitors.
On 3 December, there will be a great winter buzz on Hunyadi Square. Craft fairs, concerts, exhibitors, a wide range of activities and winter delicacies await you at the all-day event. The free event will even include a chance to meet Santa Claus.
Hungary’s oldest design fair is waiting for those who’d like to present their loved ones with quality, unique gifts this year. You can choose from more than a hundred masterpieces of art, including clothes, accessories, toys and gastronomic delicacies in a cosy venue; at Bálna. The fair will take place three times in December, on the three Advent Sundays.
Photo: Buda Castle by @zoltangabor
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