Christmas Eve Cruise Budapet With Dinner & 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 (see menu below) on the Eve of Christmas, 24. December 2023 at 19.00. allows you to experience the magic of the hoilday and Budapest on a comfortable cruise ship..


  • Full price: 95 EUR,
  • Children (ages 7 -12): 50 EUR
  • Free for children under 6 years

Date & Time:

  • 24. & 25. December 2023., at 19.00
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Meeting time: 18.30

Book Your Place

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, 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 is affordable and includes the 2-hour river tour, a warm buffet dinner of 4 courses with 2 drinks: a glass of Hungarian wine – you can swap it for a non-alcoholic drink –  and a glass of mineral water (0.33 liter), authentic gypsy music by the renowned Hungaria Folk Orchestra.

Program Details

Dress Code

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

How To Book?

The simplest, quickest and safe way is to book your place online. You can pay through Paypal: either from your balance or using 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!

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

TIP: See also our Things to Do Recommendations for 24. December/Christmas Eve!


  • Alföld-style Goulash Soup (LF) (GF)
  • Vegetable cream soup (LF) (GF) (V)


Fresh season salad with dressing (GF) (V)
Pasta salad (V)

Beef goulsh with carrots (Alföld-style) in a white bowl

Main Dishes & Garnishes

  • Beef paprikasch seasoned with red wine, served with noodles (GF) (LF)
  • Traditional stuffed cabbage (GF) (LF)
  • Roasted chicken thigh (GF) with steamed potato
  • Vegetable casserole (V)
  • Cous cous with vegetables (V)
Chicken paprikash and dumplings in large, heated stainless steel food containers placed on a buffet table


  • Hungarian Strudel variety (V): sour cherry, apple, poppy seed filling
  • Somlói galuska – layered dessert with rum-soaked sponge cake, vanilla sauce, ground walnuts, chocolate sauce and whipped cream (V)
  • Bejgli – traditional festive pastry roll filled with ground walnut or poppy seed (V) 
3 slices of strudel placed on a wooden table: from righ to left: with sour cherry, cottage cheese, poppy seed filling

Open Bar:

  • Red, white and rose wines
  • Draught beer
  • Fruit juices
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Mulled wine
  • Coffee, tea

TIP: Check out also our Festive Evening Cruise with Dinner and Music on Christmas Day & Boxing Day, 25-26. December 2023.

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