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Things to Do in Budapest During Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and the end of the semester! Which means it is time to finally let yourself go and rest a bit. Budapest is known all over the world as one of the best places to spend Christmas season in, and we are lucky enough to witness the winter magic here.

If you are still shaken from all the final tests and essays and feel completely lost in where to go in Budapest on Christmas, we got your back – here are 5 things you must do here at the end of December.

1. Run Through the Christmas Markets

Yes, we know, very creative. Still, it is a mandatory part of being in Budapest during Christmas. The biggest market in the city is located at Vörösmarty Square (Vörösmarty tér). Beware of the high prices, though. Another popular Christmas market is the St. Stephen’s Basilica one. There, you will be surrounded by beautiful building, and also will get to hear some live music. Mulled wine, kürtőskalács, and all the other things that make Christmas market vibey are going to be there, so don’t miss your chance of getting some of that holidays’ spirit!

2. Ice Skating in the City Park

Every November, the rink opens in the City Park (Városligeti Műjégpálya). It is a signature place for Christmas Budapest, and on the largest ice rinks in Europe. It is created on the top of the boating lake and is considered one of the most magical places in the city. You can read more information about the tickets and online reservations here.

3. Ride on the Number 2 Tram

The pictures from the Internet are true, and, well, you probably have seen it yourself already – No. 2 tram is one of the main attractions of Budapest during holiday season, as some of the cabins get decorated with thousands of lights before Christmas. More than that, the tram gets you through the main attractions of the city, and in general has a great vibe of having a journey through the Danube Banks. So, when you are tired of walking around, hop on the 2nd tram and enjoy the views!

4. Check Out the Philosopher’s Garden

Snowing or not, be sure to check out a park called Philosopher’s Garden in the Gellért Hills. It is beautiful any season, but the chill winter air and a thermos with warm tea make it even better. This place is not that popular among tourists, so it is usually not crowded. You can observe incredible views of the city as well as just catch some peace of mind – the park is calm and is a perfect place for meditating and having a walk.

5. New Year’s Eve Parties

If you are staying in the city for the New Year’s eve, join the festivities that the city offers you to welcome 2023. There is always a party somewhere in Budapest, but on the 31st of December it will be even more fun! Get your friends and go together – don’t forget about being safe.

Christmas time in the city is truly a magical time, so make the most of it and create those best winter memories you will remember forever! Start now, though, the holidays are just around the corner.

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