Christmas Day Events in Budapest: things to do on December 25, when shops, markets, museums, etc. are closed for the Christmas holidays in Budapest. Do not worry, there are still some things to do on Xmas Day, though admittedly the range of available options decreases to a handful of events instead of hundreds of things to do.
In the morning of Dec 25 you could try to book a seat for the Nutcracker at the Budapest Opera House (have not booked yet? Do so quickly!)
Check the opening times of the Budapest Christmas markets which usually have a break on Dec 25-26.
Fortunately, most of the natural spring water Budapest baths will stay open almost all day on December 25, yes, despite the Christmas Day holidays!
But what about the afternoon options, evening and night events on Dec 25? Any lovely Christmas dinner, or Christmas concert, or anything to do at all?
You can spend the evening on the river Danube with a Budapest Christmas Day cruise (somewhat touristy dinner cruise, but bear in mind that on Dec 25, similarly to Dec 24, evening there are only touristy places open – literally, by the law: restaurants in major tourists hotspots are only allowed to stay open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Hungarians simply eat at home with the family and do not eat out on Dec 24 or Dec 25)
Further restaurants in Budapest staying open on Christmas Day (offering a Christmas lunch or Xmas dinner as you can expect, with a Hungarian twist): see the top of the list, as the list of Budapest restaurants (the best of them) goes from those staying open throughout the Christmas holidays to those being closed on all 3 days (Dec 24, 25, 26).
Did you skip the Midnight Mass on December 24 in Budapest? Well, there is still a chance to join the crowds on December 25 for the day Christmas masses. We recommend visiting the St Stephen’s Basilica (downtown, huge and beautiful cathedral).