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Budapest Pesti Vigado Gala Concert Show collage

In 2019 / 2020 the New Year concert season offers some nice concerts to enjoy in Budapest. We have also included the days before and after New Year to make your options more flexible.

Gala Concert Budapest on NYE

Gala Concert Budapest on NYE

Concerts are available at the end of December on Dec 29, Dec 30, Dec 31 and the new year of 2020 starts with New Year’s Day Concerts on January 1.

Dec 31, 2019 Concerts in Budapest

New Year’s Eve Concert in Danube Palace

Probably one of the richest and most versatile concerts on Dec 31 will take place in the beautiful building of Danube Palace Concert Hall, the 19th century palace near the river Danube in Budapest. More details about the event on Classical music and operetta in the Budapest NYE Gala in Danube Palace.

New Year’s Eve Concert in St. Anne’s Church

Budapest Inner City St Anne’s Church Concert (Belvarosi Szent Anna Templom), featuring Mozart, Vivaldi and more. The careful selection of baroque music will be a marvellous way to say farewell to the old year conversing with your innermost love for Baroque music. Date: TBC

Lighter NYE Concerts with Parties

NYE Budapest Party Cruise with Gypsy Band and Folk Show

NYE Budapest Party Cruise & Gypsy Music

Live Salon and Gypsy Music will be played some of the award winning players of the Hungaria Folk Orchestra (earlier known as the Rajko Gypsy Band). In addition to the Gypsy and salon music, you can watch the live Hungarian Folk Dance Show aboard the ship event dubbed the Budapest New Year’s Eve Party Cruise

Bar Piano Battle and Show will be scheduled on the Budapest NYE Dinner Cruise with Piano Show

Programs may be subject to change.

Opera on Dec 31 Budapest 2019

Budapest Opera House on New Years Eve

Budapest Opera House on New Years Eve

The Budapest Opera House presents the following operas on December 31 in 2019:

Not announced yet.

Hurry up as tickets get sold out often by November!

Booking tickets is open from around October on the official website of the Hungarian State Opera House.

Other programs pre – New Year’s Eve in Budapest Opera House:

Not announced yet.

New Year Concert in Matthias Church Budapest

Enjoy the New Year in Hungary with a Baroque classical music concert. The works of Vivaldi, Bach, and Händel will be featured in the beautifully restored Matthias Church in the Buda Castle in Budapest. The date of the New Year Concert in Matthias Church has not been scheduled yet for 2019.

Date: TBC

Venue: Matthias Church, Buda Castle Budapest

Booking tickets in advance for the concert

New Year Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica Budapest

The beautiful and magnificent church of Budapest, the St Stephen’s Basilica in the city centre is always a favourite of church concert goers in Hungary. Classical music concerts are regular.

The New Year’s Day Concert has not been scheduled yet.

Booking tickets and concert details

Also available dates: TBC

Cruise & Concert in Budapest on Dec 31, 2019

Elegant Cruise and Dinner with Salon Music

Dinner Cruise NYE Budapest A La Carte Menu

Dinner Cruise NYE Budapest A La Carte Menu

Dinner Cruise with A La Carte Menu in Budapest: 2.5 hour cruise from 7 pm to 9:30 pm with dinner you choose from the menu. Music: salon music with 1-3 musicians on board.

This beautiful dinner cruise is priced as on any other night, there is no NYE surcharge. It is guaranteed to cruise full boat, so booking is essential.

Live Music Candlelit Dinner Cruise Legenda Ship Budapest

Live Music Candlelit Dinner Cruise Legenda Ship Budapest

Live band is playing pleasant, and for some guests, slightly cheesy salon music. It does blend nicely into the backdrop of Budapest illuminated attractions along the river Danube. Party: NO. It is a dinner cruise, and a great way to start the night on December 31, but there is no party on this dinner cruise.

Cruise Party with Gypsy Music, Dinner and Folk Show

Rajko Band Budapest New Year Party Boat

Rajko Band Budapest New Year Party Boat

Dinner Cruise on Budapest New Year Party Boat: all night boat party event with live salon music of the Rajko Gypsy band, a bit of Hungarian folk dance show, sightseeing cruising on the river and lots of drinks and foods (buffet style dinner, so expect to go to the table to serve yourself in an eat as much as you can and as long as you can see style)


Budapest Night Cruise New Year's Eve

Budapest Night Cruise New Year’s Eve Party Boat



Vajdahunyad Castle and Ice Rink Budapest 2019 2020

The enormous and lovely open air Ice Rink of Budapest is an ideal New Year attraction. Skating on the ice rink paired with a night bath in Szechenyi Bath is one of the best winter things to do in Budapest!

Ice Skating Rink Budapest

Ice Skating Rink Budapest – James Guppy Photography

It is also on the top 10 list of Lonely Planet as one of the best places in Europe in winter time, paired with a warm bath in the Budapest baths, and a visit to the cool and hip ruin bars, some of the best bars in Budapest.

The open air Ice Rink is a truly popular venue for skating, skiing, skating classes, ice hockey and even ice parties.

Opposite the Ice Rink Palace you can find the Vajdahunyad Castle (the home of Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Market in December, and the venue of the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum all year round)

In the Outdoor Ice Rink Palace you can rent skates, drink some hot drinks, get changed, get warmed up etc.

Address: Varosliget Budapest, near Heroes Square (Hosok tere)

Opening Hours Varosligeti Mujegpalya

The opening hours of the Budapest Ice Rink can change day by day in the winter season, so the following hours are an average general guide for the opening times. After the summer and autumn season, the Ice Rink re-opens from mid November (definitely open from late November!)
Monday – Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, break, then reopens from 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, break, then reopens from 4 pm to 9 pm
Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, break, then reopens from 4 pm to 8 pm

Vajdahunyad Castle and Ice Rink Budapest New Year

Vajdahunyad Castle and Ice Rink Budapest – Gabriel Hess Photography

New Year Opening Hours – planned

December 31: open from 10 am to 2 pm, closed in the afternoon
January 1: open from 4 pm to 8 pm, closed in the morning

Tickets / Prices at Budapest Skating Rink

Full Day Ticket on Weekdays approx. HUF 1200 (including the price of the Cloakroom storage and the Insurance)
Full Day Ticket on Weekends approx. HUF 1500 (including the price of the Cloakroom storage and the Insurance)
Entrance is Free for children under 6 years of age.

Rental of Skates at Budapest Ice Rink

Skate rental prices for the Ice Rink (in HUF or Ft, short for Hungarian Forint, the currency in Budapest, Hungary). The prices are approximate prices, City Park Skating Rink reserves the right to change the prices.
1 Pair of Skates Rental fee: HUF 1,500
Deposit: 5,000 HUF / skates (or you need to leave an ID document, like your passport as the deposit)

There are many fun winter things to do in Budapest, but one of the best ones is surely the popular Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink in the City Park, aka Varosligeti Mujegpalya.

Lonely Planet
about Varosligeti Mujegpalya

Check the current opening hours on the official website here.

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Budapest Skating Rink Video

Last updated info about Budapest Skate Rink in the City Park:

December, 2016