Christmas Eve Cruise Budapest With Dinner & Live Music 2023

Take a wonderful Christmas Eve cruise on the Danube in Budapest and enjoy a four-course dinner, live music and festive atmosphere!

People in Hungary spend the Eve of 24. December – that kicks off the Christmas and New Year holidays – with their family. Christmas Eve Cruise Budapest calms down for the next two days:

  • Christmas Day on 25 December, and
  • Boxing Day on 26 December.

A festive river tour with delicious 4-course dinner served at your table (see menu below) or with buffet-style dinner on the Eve of Christmas, 24. December 2023 and on Christmas Day, December 25 at 19.00. allows you to experience the magic of the hoilday and Budapest on a comfortable cruise ship.

a cruise ship sailing past the Parliament at night
The Parliament At Night

We Offer You Two Wonderful Christmas Cruises in 2023:

  1. Cruise with 4-course served dinner and welcome drink with live piano music: date: December 24 & 25. Price: from 105 EUR/person
  2. Cruise with 4-course buffet dinner and unlimited drinks with live music: December 24, 25 & 26. Price: 125 EUR/person

1. Christmas Dinner & Cruise With Live Piano Show – Details:

  • 3-hour cruise with 4-course dinner & welcome glass of champagne: 105 EUR,
  • Live music – a dazzling piano battle show
  • Children (ages 7 -12): 95 EUR
  • Free for children under 6 years

Date & Time:

  • 24. & 25. December 2023., at 19.30/7.30 pm
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Boarding starts: 18.55/6.55 pm
  • Cruise ends: 22.30/10.30 pm
a young couple clinking glasses of white wine on a cruise boat in Budapest

Book Your Place:

Christmas Dinner Cruise
Christmas Dinner Cruise (4 courses)

Christmas Dinner Cruise 4 Course Served Dinner + Welcome Prosecco + Piano Show

December 24 & 25


Cruise Starts: 19.30

Duration: 180 min. – Price: From €105

2. Christmas Cruise With Buffet Dinner, Unlimited Drinks & Live Music – Details

The spacious and classically elegant Széchenyi ship hosts the festive Christmas cruise on 3 evenings with buffet dinner of 4 courses – including Hungarian dishes – and unlimited beer/wine/ soft drinks from the bar.

Date & Time:

  • 24, 25 & 26 December 2023., at 19.00/7 pm
  • Duration 3 hours with 2-hour river cruise
  • Live music by the world-renowned Rajko Orchestra
  • Boarding starts: 18.30/6.30 pm
  • Cruise ends: 22.00/10 pm


  • Full price: 125 EUR
  • Children (7 – 12 years of age): 70 EUR
  • Children under 6: FREE
rolls of stuffed cabbage in a stainless steel warming container
Stuffed cabbage – A Local Christmas Dish

Book Your Place:

Christmas Cruise on Szechenyi Ship
Christmas Cruise on Szechenyi Ship

Christmas Cruise with Buffet Dinner + Unlimited: wine/beer/soft drinks

December 2425 – 26

Cruise Starts: 19.00

Duration: 180 min. – Price: From €125

Why Go?

  • Most restaurants, cafes, shops close in the afternoon on 24. December and stay closed over the next two days.
  • Apart from some winter holiday concerts, there aren’t much things to do in the city on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so a boat excursion with festive dinner by candlelight offers a memorable and romantic program.
  • The Danube banks are home to Budapest’s oldest and most famous landmarks from the imposing Parliament in Pest, to the Royal Palace in Buda Castle or the Gellért Hill.
  • You can admire these sights and the captivating night city view during the 3-hour excursion.
  • After dinner you can also enjoy the panorama from the open upper deck of the ship and snap photos to put on Instagram/Facebook.
  • Price of the program is not extremely high considering it’s the year-end holiday season and includes the 3-hour river tour, a warm dinner of 4 courses served at your table, welcome prosecco: – you can swap it for a non-alcoholic drink .
the dinner hall of a cruise ship with dimmed blue lighting, a small stage with a piano and a Xmas tree with the lights on in the foreground
Festive Setting Of The Xmas Cruise & Dinner

Program Details

Dress Code

No special dress code is required. Guests are usually dressed casually elegant.

How To Book?

The simplest, quickest and safe way is to book your place online. with a bank card/credit card.

After payment you’ll automatically receive an E-Ticket/voucher and all the instructions and details in e-mail.

No need to queue for tickets just print and bring your ticket with you to the meeting point or present it on your phone/tablet!

festive Christmas table setting in red and dark green, with 2 glasses of champagne - christmas eve cruise budapest

1. Menu Of The Festive Christmas Eve Dinner – Served At Your Table


  • Bite-size pastry cups filled with traditional spreads


  • Creamed sweet potato soup (vegetarian) sprinkled with roasted almond slices and green pesto or
  • Traditional Hungarian goulash (beef, carrots, parsley, potato cubes, “csipetke” pasta)
sweet potato cream soup sprinkled with almond slices, green pesto served in an oval, beige colored bowl
Creamed Sweet Potato Soup
goulash soup in an oval shaped ceramic bowl
Goulash Soup


  • Roasted, herb-crusted salmon fillet served on creamy tagliatelle with spinach and parmesan shavings
  • Roasted fillet of chicken breast with potato purée seasoned smoked paprika, vegetable relish
  • Duck leg confit with gravy served withand fried cabbage and noodles hidden in chimney cake ring
  • Beef ragout made with dark beer, mushroom and dark chocolate, served with bread dumpling

Vegetarian Main Dish:

  • Beetroot risotto with sautéed carrot crouton and parmesan
roasted fillet of salmon on bed of tagliatelle and spinach
Salmon Fillet, Tagliatelle, Spinach
beetroot risotto in a round beige plate
Beetroot Risotto


  • Fluffy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis (vegetarian)
  • Dark chocolate cashew brownie with Bourbon vanilla ice cream and salted caramel
a sqaure slice of brownie with cashew nuts, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel
Dark Choc Brownie With Vanilla Ice Cream
tapioca pudding with red berries puree in a small glass jar
Tapioca Pudding With Forest Fruits Puree

2. Buffet Dinner Menu – Festive Christmas Cruise

Treat yourself to the tasty dishes from the buffet table that includes both Hungarian and international choices!

Try the classic local dishes like the hearty beef goulash soup or the stuffed cabbage!

You can get as many drinks from the open bar as you like: wine and beer, spicy hot wine but there is a wide choice of non-alcoholic drinks too: fruit juices , coffee or tea.


  • Traditional Hungarian goulash soup (beef, vegetables, noddles)
  • Creamed vegetables soup

Main Dishes:

  • Roasted chicken breast fillet in ragout
  • Beef stew with Villány red wine and dumplings
  • Stuffed cabbage
  • Vegetable casserole baked in oven
  • Couscous with steamed vegetables
Roast chicken in gravy with boiled potatoes and steamed veggies, stuffed cabbage - both dishes served on round white plates, a glass of white and rose wine on the white clothed table
Stuffed cabbage and roast chicken

Side Dishes:

  • Rice
  • Egg dumplings
  • Roast pottaoe seasoned with parsley


  • Strudel with various fillings: sweet cottage cheese, apple and sour cherry
  • Somlói galuska: layered shot glass dessert: sponge cake with raisins, vanilla sauce, ground walnuts and chocolate sauce with whipped cream on top
  • Beigli: traditionalChristmas roll filled with walnut and poppy seed

Open Bar (For Two Hours)

  • Wine: red, rose and white
  • Beer on tap
  • Mulled wine
  • Fruit juices
  • Soda drinks
  • Coffee and tea
5 slices of beigli with poppy seed and walnut filling placed on a round white plate, two beigli rolls on a square white plate - one with walnut the other with poppy seed filling - in the background
Beigli: a typical local Christmas pastry
3 pieces of strudel with different fillings: apple, cottage cheese and sour cherry
Christmas Cruise on Szechenyi Ship
Christmas Cruise on Szechenyi Ship

Christmas Cruise with Buffet Dinner + Unlimited: wine/beer/soft drinks

December 2425 – 26

Cruise Starts: 19.00

Duration: 180 min. – Price: From €125

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