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New Year’s Eve Dinner, Concert & Gala Party in Budapest

December 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 3:00 am

festive dinner table with white cloth and plates and wine glasses two ladies sitting in the background

A perfect and stylish event to greet the New Year in Budapest, in a prestigious historic palace, the Duna Palota.

Delicious food of five courses with selected wines, a live gala concert, midnight dinner, party with open bar and true ballroom atmosphere make this a memorable program for the last eve of 2018.


  • 165 EUR/person


  • welcome drink
  • 5-course dinner with top-quality wine selection, (vegetarian menu option is available)
  • seated at elegantly set tables and with full service
  • Gala Concert,
  • party with open bar (champagne, wines, beers, shot drinks, soft drinks, coffee tea, mineral water)
  • midnight buffet dinner.

The 5 course gala dinner features a carefully selected menu for the occasion complete with

  • wines matching each course and
  • vegetarian options (scroll down for the detailed menu).
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Gala Concert

a symphonic orchestra playing on stageThe  concert, starting at 22.00 and presented by one of the most Hungarian famous symphonic orchestras, offers exquisite cultural entertainment.

The classical pieces of Liszt, Kodály and Strauss are combined with

  • performance by professional ballet dancers,
  • folk musicians.

It is a truly spectacular program in the elegant neo-Baroque theatre hall of the Danube Palace.

After the fine dinner and concert toast with a glass of champagne at midnight then enjoy a standing reception then dance away the first hours of 2019 to live music performed by a talented DJ.

The reception includes open bar with unlimited drink consumption and traditional Hungarian New Year’s dinner.

Dress code: please wear suit & tie!

TIP: The New Year’s Day Gala Concert on 1st January 2019 also takes place in the Danube Palace. Tickets are available in 3 categories + VIP.

About the Venue – Duna Palota/Danube Palace

guests seated at elegantly set dinner tables in the gilded room of the palaceThe palace is Downtown Budapest‘s most prominent theatre and concert venue.

The pale-yellow, neo-Baroque building dates back to the second half of the 19. century.

It functioned as the cultural centre of the rich and noble.

Many well-known composers, young artists performed in the palace including

several young artists such as

  • Bartók,
  • Kodály and
  • Dvorák who performed in its first class concert hall.

an operetta perfoamc eon stage with purple lightingThe palace has a large theatre hall with comfortable seating area.

Here is where the gala concert takes place. The stage can be perfectly seen from all parts of the auditorium.

Besides the theatre hall several other meeting rooms of various sizes offer a place for meetings, festive dinner and parties.

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Check in from 18.00

Welcome drink upon arrival

19:00 – 21.30 Gala Dinner

filling a glass with a red wine at the dinner table

Five courses with wine pairings served at set tables.

22:00 – 23.40 The Gala Concert In the Theatre Hall

A 90-minute performance of classical music, operetta and ballet pieces and traditional Hungarian folk music.

There is a 10-minute intermission between the the two parts.

Detailed Program of the Gala Concert

Detailed Program of the Gala Concert


Franz Lehár: Eva-Walz (Ballet Ensemble)

Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus (The Bat) – Champagne Song (Ballet Ensemble)

Ferenc Erkel: Palotás – from the Opera Hunyadi László (Orchestra)

Emmerich Kálmán: The Czardas Queen – “Das ist die Lieb”

Johann Strauss (Sohn): Polka schnell: “Tritsch-Tratsch” (Orchestra)

Emmerich Kálmán: The Czardas Queen – „Ganz ohne Weiber…” (Ballet Ensemble)

Jules Massenet: Thais – Meditation (Orchestra)

Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow – Grisette Song and Kan-Kan B(allet Ensemble)

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. (Orchestra)



Emmerich Kalman: The Devil-rider – Palotás (Orchestra, Ballet Ensemble)

Zoltán Kodály: Intermezzo – from the Opera Háry János (Orchestra)

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 5. (Orchestra)

Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza – “Braunes Mädel von der Pussta” (Ballet Ensemble)

Vittorio Monti: Czardas (Gypsy Band)

Gustav Peter: Memory of Circus Renz (Gypsy Band)

Grigoraş Ionică Dinicu: The Nightingale (Gypsy Band)

Jenő Huszka: Elisabeth – “Délibábos Hortobágyon” (Ballet Ensemble)

Johann Strauss jr.: Long live the Magyar! Op. 332. (Orchestra)

Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza – “Komm mit nach Varazdin”

Emmerich Kálmán: The Czardas Queen– “Jajj mamam” (Ballet Ensemble)

00:00 – New Year’s Greeting

Clink glasses with your family and friends to greet the New Year!

00:30 – 03.00 Standing Reception and Party after Midnight

Welcome 2019 on our standing reception in the grand ballroom of the Duna Palota! Midnight buffet dinner with drinks!

Have a terrific time and dance the night away for tunes of the 90’s provided by a talented local DJ.

There will be no empty plate or glass on our all-inclusive standing reception.

The open bar features

Sparkling wines:

  • Törley Gala Sec dry sparkling wine
  • Törley Charmant Doux sweet sparkling wine


  • Laposa Rizling: Badacsony Hill/Lake Balaton: Rhine riesling on volcanic soil. Fruity and slightly mineral with complex aroma, white fruits, vivid, long finish.
  • Konyári Rose: South Balaton: bursting with fruits: peach, red currant and raspberry aromas. Juicy and full of flavours with the spiciness added by Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
  • Heimann Kékfrankos from Szekszárd region: medium body with notes of cherry, red berries and spices.

Beers (draught and bottled)

  • Borsodi
  • Staropramen
  • Budapest beer
  • Stella Artois (non-alcoholic)

Fruit Juices (by Rauch)

  • orange, apple, peach

Carbonated soft drinks

  • Coca Cola, Coke Zero, Fanta Orange, Ginger, Tonic

Mineral Water

  • Nestlé Aquarel (sparkling, still)

Coffee, Tea

Everything that’s necessary for a great party!

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Menu:

Scroll down for Vegetarian Menu!

Welcome drink

  • Parmesan cheese butter, with chives and homemade bread

Cold appetizer:

  • Duck rilette, figs sauce and salad with rucola – Wine pairing: Gere Frici Cuvée sparkling wine 2016


  • Coriander lobster cream soup with chili tiger prawns

Warm appetizer:

  • Grilled goose liver in homemade brioche with quince jam and fresh salad – Wine: Légli Rajnai Riesling 2016 (Balatonlelle, Southern Lake Balaton)

Main course

  • Gray beef tenderloin steak with porchini mushroom sauce and french potato – Wine: Gere Attila – Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Villány region)


  • Mascarpone cream with almond sponge with hot chocolate sauce – Wine: Oremus Tokaji Aszú – 3 puttonyos


  • wine selection: Laposa Riesling, Konyári Rose, Heimann Kékrankos

Vegetarian Menu

Cold appetizer:

  • Williams pear and blue cheese salad with raspberry vinegar dressing


  • Coriander lobster cream soup with chili tiger prawns

Warm appetizer:

  • Grilled scamorsa cheese in homemade brioche with quince jam and fresh salad

Main course:

  • Green herbs marinated eggplant tower in spicy tomato sauce


  • Mascarpone cream with almond sponge and hot chocolate sauce

Midnight menu:

  • Sour cabbage (sauerkraut) soup and homemade smoked sausage
  • Traditional lentils pottage with crispy roasted pork.

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