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Budapest Pesti Vigado Gala Concert Show collage

In 2016 / 2017 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 2017 starts with New Year’s Day Concerts on January 1.

Dec 31, 2016 Concerts in Budapest

New Year’s Eve Concert in Pesti Vigado

Probably one of the richest and most versatile concerts on Dec 31 will take place in the beautiful building of Pesti Vigado Concert Hall, the 19th century palace by the river Danube in Budapest. More details about the event on Classical music and operetta in the Budapest NYE Gala in Pesti Vigado Optionally you may book the concert with a pre-concert gala dinner, and an after concert NY Party.

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

Budapest Inner City St Anne’s Church Concert (Belvarosi Szent Anna Templom): Monday, December 31 2016, featuring Bach, Handel, 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.

Lighter NYE Concerts with Parties

NYE Budapest Party Cruise with Gypsy Band and Folk Show

NYE Budapest Party Cruise & Gypsy Music

Operas, operettas, musicals will be performed on the last day of the year, accompanied with a range of dances (folk dance, step dance, and even belly dance) on the Budapest NYE Cruise and Show event. The regular Budapest Cruise and Show will be spruced up into a 5 hour concert and party event on New Year’s Eve.

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 Frank Sinatra Tribute concert will be scheduled on the Budapest NYE Dinner Cruise with Piano Show

Programs may be subject to change.

Opera on Dec 31 Budapest 2016

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 2016

Die Fledermaus by Strauss (The Bat)

There will be two opera shows on Dec 31:

16 pm and 20.30 pm.

Hurry up as tickets get sold out often by November!

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

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

Dec 30, 2016 features the Bat by Strauss and the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (ballet show) from 11 am

New Year Concert in Matthias Church Budapest

The New Year Concert in Matthias Church is scheduled on Jan 2, 2016. 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.

Date: 8 pm January 2, 2016

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.

Pre New Year’s Eve Concert on Dec 29, 2016 and New Year’s Day Concert on January 1, 2017 are both scheduled.

Booking tickets and concert details

Also available dates: Dec 22, 29 2016, Jan 1, 5, 2017

Cruise & Concert in Budapest on Dec 31, 2016

5 hour Dinner Cruise with 3 Hour Music and Dance Show

Budapest Cruise Show on New Year's Eve

Budapest Cruise Show on New Year’s Eve

Restaurants in Budapest, and Budapest river cruises often organize an evening with live salon music throughout the event. On the Eve of New Year, when it comes to a boat tour, it is a Budapest dinner cruise on the Danube whether with a dinner and cruise, or with a whole night party with Open Bar. Here are some of the options and events on Dec 31 in Budapest, starting with the most musical option with a 3 hour concert and show!

Dinner Cruise with Operetta, Opera, Musical and Dance: 5 hour dinner cruise with lots of music, and buffet style dinner. VIP tickets are available in limited numbers with VIP seats (closer to the performers) and unlimited Drinks (beers, wines, soft drinks).

The concert and show if 3 hours on the Budapest Cruise and Show program. The actual sightseeing cruise is of 4 hours out of the total length of 5 hours. The dinner cruise tickets include 1 Cocktail and 1 glass of Sparkling Wine.

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

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

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 Things to Do November
Budapest Things to Do December
Budapest Things to Do January
Budapest Things to Do February
Fun Attractions in Budapest
Romantic things to do in Budapest
Budapest Children Activities

Budapest Skating Rink Video

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

December, 2016