Christmas Eve Events in Budapest: things to do on December 24, when many things are closed for the Christmas holidays in Budapest. Do not worry, there are still some things to do, 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 24 actually the options are very broad as the shops are still open until about 2pm (few close for the whole day, some earlier at noon). Likewise, the Budapest Christmas markets keep open until around from 8-9 am to 12pm – 2pm.
In addition, most of the natural spring water Budapest baths are also open in the morning.
But what about the afternoon programs, evening options? Any festive Christmas dinner, concert, or anything at all?
You can spend the evening on the river Danube with a Budapest Christmas cruise (somewhat touristy dinner cruise, but bear in mind that on 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)
Further restaurants in Budapest staying open on Christmas Eve (offering a Christmas 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)