Is everything closed during Christmas in Budapest?

We are wondering about the opening hours for museums, different attractions, shopping, and restaurants, etc. Is everything closed during Christmas?

Christmas Opening Times Budapest

Thank you for the question. We have our page dealing with Christmas in Budapest where you can find a fairly good answer to your question. We also try to keep that page up to date with information about open restaurants and so on. The page about Christmas Markets in Budapest can also be interesting in dealing with the subject.

In general, the answer to your question is as follows! All shops are open until 12.00, 13.00, or 14.00 on December 24th, but then they close and reopen on December 27th, meaning there are few shopping opportunities on these days.

If you would like to go to the cinema instead they normally have a break on December 24th, but from December 25th or 26th you can find the cinemas open again and you can enjoy the good films coming for Christmas. Budapest has quite a lot of attractions 100% free, such as Gellert Hill, Heroes Square, and so on. Most museums have opening times similar to the shops, though some of them might close from December 23rd and not open at all on December 24th. The museums, when they are open, are normally open from 9.00 or 10.00 in the morning until 18.00 in the evening, though this also vary from museum to museum.

If you want to grab some food around Christmas in Budapest, you better check out opening times before. In our page about Christmas in Budapest you will find information on some restaurants open on December 24th, 25th and 26th. Except for those dates most restaurants are open all the time, but in general, other restaurants stay closed on those three days. Some restaurants are only closed on December 24th, but then stay open from December 25th. Since there is no general rule it is important to find out what’s up with the restaurant you are interested in. If you want to do a booking of a table for a restaurant on December 24th, you better hurry up, because restaurants get packed up and fully booked very quick for that day, as most restaurants are closed, and therefore everyone try to get a free table in those restaurants who decide to stay open.

The Szechenyi Furdo, the most popular thermal bath in Budapest and Hungary, is open every day throughout Christmas, but it closes earlier on December 24th.

Christmas Market 2011

We already receive emails from persons and groups planing to come to Budapest for the annual Christmas Market in 2011. The most frequent question is of course when the Christmas Market will open, and the correct answer is November 18th. So, if you would like to see the traditional and great Christmas market at Vörösmarty Square in Budapest, make sure to arrive to Budapest sometime around November 18th or later.

More information about the Budapest Christmas Markets can be found at our Christmas Market page.

Budapest Christmas market 2011
Budapest Christmas market 2011

Merry Christmas from Budapest

We wish all our friends all around the globe a merry, merry Christmas! May this be a wonderful day for you, your friends and your family, and may the joy of Christmas fill your hearts and souls on this day.

Do not fear. For behold, I give to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For to you is born today, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this is a sign to you. You will find the babe wrapped, lying in a manger.

Christmas Market pictures

The Christmas Market in Budapest is a giant success every year, and every day crowds walk around the Vörösmarty Square in Budapest to drink hot wine from Budapest mugs and to enjoy the nice christmas shows, music and shopping opportunities. The Christmas Market this year lasts until December 29, so if you have not seen it yet, you still have the chance. If you want to join us on a day trip to the Christmas Market in Vienna, you can read more about that on our Day trip to Vienna-page.

Budapest Christmas Market pictures 2009

Christmas Market Vienna: pictures and inforation

The Christmas Market in Vienna has already opened and we were there this weekend. It was packed with people and everyone enjoyed the glühwein and all the small shops located outside the “Rathaus” in Vienna. I am said to say so, but the Christmas Market in Vienna looks quite a lot better than the one in Budapest, but that probably has to do with the fact that the square in front of the Rathaus (City Hall) is better for such a market than Vörösmarty Square in Budapest. Some more markets will open in Vienna by Schönbrunn and Belvedere in a couple of days.

If you come to Budapest, you should for sure consider a day trip to the Christmas Market in Vienna.

Christmas Market Vienna slideshow

Christmas Market Vienna

Christmas Market Vienna
Christmas Market Vienna

Budapest and Vienna both have beautiful Christmas markets with great atmosphere. But now you do not have to choose whether to visit Budapest or Vienna, you can visit both.

Starting from November 21 we will arrange day trips from Budapest to the Christmas Market in Vienna. The day starts with you being picked up at your Budapest hotel. Then you will be taken to Vienna, where you can drink glue wine, shop and enjoy the Austrian capital, and in the evening you will be returned to your Budapest hotel again.

More information about the project can be found at Day trip to Christmas Market in Vienna.

Christmas market in Budapest