Holiday Concerts in Budapest

Classical Concerts on Christmas, New Year’s Day & Easter

concert in St. Stephen BasilicaA series of Christmas and New Year concerts will be held in various venues in Budapest in 2017: festive performances in the

  • Danube Palace,
  • the Vigadó
  • the Basilica,
  • St. Michael Church in Váci utca
  • and in other churches

Nothing will put you in a joyous year-end holiday mood than a great concert in a sacred venue.

Budapest has quite a few lovely churches, elegant concert halls where a wide variety of concerts are held each year.

The choice of classical music performances is even greater during the festive season. Here’s a list of our favourite concerts around Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day.

Quick Links: Christmas Chamber Concert-Duna PalotaChristmas Gala ConcertsNew Year ConcertsConcerts in Pesti VigadóCathedral & Church Concerts

Christmas Chamber Concert, 25. December 2017.

Venue: Duna Palota, Zrínyi utca 5., district V.

Attend a Chamber Concert on Christmas Day evening in the splendid Duna Palota (Danube Palace) to help you get in the festive mood.

The Danube Chamber Orchestra compiled the concert program especially for Christmas Day. The concert consists of two 40-45 minute parts with a short break in between.

Time & Date: 25. December 2017., 20.00. The concert is 2 x 45 minute long.

Tickets: 1st cat: 41 EUR, 2nd cat: 37 EUR, 3rd cat: 33 EUR.

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Christmas Gala Concerts in Danube Palace

Date & Time: 27., 30. December 2017. at 20.00, Duration: 2 x 45 minutes

Location: Duna Palota, Zrínyi utca 5., district V.

Ticket prices:

Full Prices:

1. cat. 41 EUR
2. cat. 37 EUR
3. cat. 33 EUR
VIP: 99 EUR

Student prices:

1. cat. 39 EUR
2. cat. 34 EUR
3. cat. 31 EUR

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ballet performance on the stage of the Vigadó hallEnjoy a symphony concert by Mozart, Liszt or Gershwin in a unique way, combined with a Hungarian cimbalom (hammered dulcimer: a wooden box in trapezoid shape with metal strings stretched on its top, see the photo in the left) play.

Cimbalom is a percussion folk instrument widely-used in Central and Eastern Europe that enhances a traditional classical music concert rewarding the audience with a memorable experience.

Operetta songs and balett performances by professional dancers enhance the festive program.

You can be part of this experience now on a cc. 90-minute concert during Christmas time in Budapest.

Concerts start at 20.00, and consist of two parts, 40-45 minutes each, with a small break in between.

Gala Concert + Danube Tour with Dinner

Date & Time: 27., 30. December 2017., 20.00, Cruise starts at 22.00

TIP: enjoy two programs for less by booking the Christmas Gala Concert together with a sightseeing boat trip with buffet meal.

the Chain Bridge and the buildings in Pest illuminated at nightThis way you’ll not only have a wonderful evening but save some money by booking the two programs as a package.

Tickets:

  • Full price: 3. cat: 73 EUR, 2. cat: 76 EUR 1. cat: 81 EUR,
  • Student: 3. cat: 70 EUR, 2. cat: 74 EUR, 1. cat: 78 EUR
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Christmas Concerts – Vigadó, Palace of Arts, Basilica and other Churches in Budapest

J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, 25. December, Palace of Arts

Date & Time: 19. December/Saturday, 19.30-22.45
Venue: MÜPA, Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell sétány 1., distr. IX.
Tickets: 3 300 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF, 9 900 HUF

Conductor: György Vashegyi

Featuring: Julia Doyle – soprano, Marianne Beate Kielland – mezzo-soprano, Eric Stoklossa – tenor, Johannes Weisser – bass

The Purcell Choir together with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a musical retelling of the birth of Jesus.

See more details about the program on the Mupa’s official site.

Advent Concerts in St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica on a rainy day in October, front viewVenue: St. Stephen’s Basilica, Szt. István tér, district V.

Nothing beats a church concert around Christmas time to help you get in the holiday mood and the city’s largest temple is perfect place for listening to classical music.

Enjoy this wonderful concert series and the stunning architecture of the Basilica.

Organ Concert Series in the Basilica

Dates: November 2017: 09, 16, 23, 30 and December 2017: 07, 14, 21, 28

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the pipe organ of St. Stephen BasilicaThe program of the concert was adapted by Miklós Teleki.

Together with Virágh András, they belong to some of the best organ artists in Hungary.

The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous concert and oratorio singers in Hungary. A flute piece performed by Eleonóra Krusic makes the concert

Find out about other organ concerts in Budapest!

Händel: Messiah on 23rd December 2017., Basilica

Date & Time: to be announced later

Tickets: 1. category: 28 EUR, 2. category: 24 EUR, 3. category: 18 EUR

Handel’s oratorio will be performed by the Soloists of the Hungarian State Opera, the ETUNAM & Downtown Chamber Choir, and the Monarchia Symphony Orchestra with conductor András Virágh.

Further performers:

  • Ildikó Szakács – soprano
  • Kornélia Bakos – alto
  • László Kálmán – tenor
  • Lóránt Najbauer – bass

New Year Concerts at Various Venues

TIP: New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration in Pesti Vigadó

Date & Time: 31. December 2017, 19.00

Celebrate the coming of 2018. on a festive gala concert with full-service dinner and bar in the historic Vigadó Hall lying on the Danube bank in Pest city centre.

Following the multiple-course dinner, a 2-hour concert starting at 22.00 by the Danube Symphony Orchestra complete with a dance performance by professional ballet artists will take palce in the theatre hall of the 19th-century building.

Further meals and drinks (open bar) will be served at a salon reception where you can enjoy the first hours of the New Year in great company.

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Concert of the 100-Member Gypsy Orchestra

Date & Time: 30. December 2017., at 18.00

The famous gypsy orchestra performs a festive concert titled Wine and Music in Budapest Congress and World Trade Centre. A perfect program to say good bye to 2017 and welcome the New Year.

Classical pieces by well-known composers, wine tasting and folk dance show followed by a gala dinner ensure an unforgettable evening.

Tickets: from 42 EUR.

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TIP: see also the New Year’s Day Concerts in Budapest.

Basilica – New Year Gala Concert on 2nd January 2018

Date & Time: 02. January, Saturday, at 20.00

Tickets: 1. category: 28 EUR, 2. category: 24 EUR, 3. category: 18 EUR

Program of the Concert:

  • M. A. Charpentier (1643-1704): Te Deum – trombita
  • T. Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio
  • Ch. Gounod (1818-1893): Ave Maria
  • J. S. Bach (1685-1750): Toccata and Fugue in D minor – on the organ of the Basilica.
  • J. S. Bach: Air
  • W. A. Mozart: Alleluja
  • G. F. Händel (1685-1759): Water music – trombita
  • M. Reger: Mariä Wiegenlied
  • Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Hosannah
  • Vivaldi: Gloria Duett ‘Laudamus te’
  • H. Purcell (1659-1695): Trumpet voluntary – trombita
  • P. Mascagni (1863-1945): Ave Maria
  • ‘Hark! The Herald Angels sing …’ – Christmas Carol
  • Ch. M. Widor (1844-1937): Toccata from the Organ Symphony – on the organ of the Basilica.

Find out more about the program on the organiser’s website.

More Church Concerts in Budapest During the Advent/New Year Period

Concerts in St. Michael Church, Váci Street

Venue: Inner City St. Michael Church in Váci Street, (Belvárosi Szt. Mihály templom, Váci utca 47/b.).
Dates: November 2017: to be announced later and December 2017: to be announced later
Tickets: 4 500 HUF/18 EUR (can be bought on the spot prior the concerrt)
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the organ of St. Michael ChurchThe lovely 17th-century St. Michael Church in downtown Budapest gives home to a series of organ concerts on Wednesdays at 18.00 till October 31. and on Saturdays at 19.00 all year round, including December.

On Wednesday evenings a soloist and on Saturday evenings a choir performance complement the the tune of the historic organ.

Concert Program (example)

Ildikó Szakács – soprano
Gábor Szotyori Nagy – organ

  • M-A. Charpentier: Te Deum
  • G. Caccini: Ave Maria
  • T. Albinoni: Adagio
  • W. A. Mozart: Alleluja
  • J. S. Bach: Air
  • J. S. Bach: Aria – Magnificat ‘Quia respexit’
  • J. S. Bach: Prelude in C Major BWV 547
  • C. Franck: Panis angelicus
  • C. Franck: Sortie in G
  • Franz Liszt : Consolation in Des
  • Ch. Gounod: Ave Maria
  • J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Concert on New Year’s Day

Date & Time: 01. January 2018. at 19.00

Performers:

Downtown Choir
Gábor Szotyori Nagy – organ
Conductor: András Virágh

Program:

  • J. S. Bach: Toccata, Air and Fugue in D Minor
  • J. Arcadelt: Ave Maria
  • A. Vivaldi: Concerto in A Minor – I. Allegro
  • W. A. Mozart: Ave verum
  • W. A. Mozart: Benedictus sit Deus
  • W. A. Mozart: Requiem – Lacrymosa
  • Liszt Ferenc: Choral
  • C. Franck: Panis angelicus
  • J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C Major
  • G. F. Händel: Judas Maccabeus – See, the conquering hero comes
  • J. S. Bach: Magnificat – Suscepit Israel
  • G. F. Händel: Hallelujah

Advent Concerts in St. Anne’s Church, Buda

the towers of St. Anne Church on Batthyany Sqr. in BudaAddress: Batthyány tér 7., district I. (M2 (red) metro
Concert Dates in 2017: to be announced later

Concert of the Elvinusz Chamber Orchestra – Entry: FREE

Program:

  • 1. J.A.Hasse: symphony in G minor
  • 2. Vivaldi: RV.407. cello concerto in D minor(Soloist: Klára Fábián)
  • 3. Bach: Violin concerto in G minor (Soloist: Katalin Bajmóczi)
  • 4. Péter Wolf: Ave Maria (Song: Anna Bartek)
  • 5. Telemann: suite in A minor for flute – part (Soloist: Péter Gronowski)
  • 6. Albinoni: g-moll hegedűverseny (Soloist: László Pótz Nagy)
  • 7. Accolay: a-moll hegedűverseny (Soloist: László Pótz Nagy)

Conductor: Imre Dumbaridisz

Ticket prices: 1 000 HUF (can be bought at the church before the start of the concerts).

Inner City St. Anne Church, Szervita Square

Address: Szervita tér 6., district V.,

Open: Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 18.30, Sun: 8.30 – 18.30

the St. Anne Church's facade on Szervita Sqr, PestThis lovely Baroque church, built between 1725-33, right in the heart of the city on Szervita tér hosts free organ concerts at noon on Wednesdays as well as concerts (these are not free) by the Duna String Orchestra on Fridays.

The church also will be a venue for festive concerts in the Advent period – a less imposing, but a very charming place to meditate and pray or just relax by the melodies of classical church music.

I personally prefer smaller churches like the Inner City St. Anne on Szervite Sqr. to drop by in the Christmas season than the more popular, larger temples (basilica or Matthias Church).
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Ave Maria Air Alleluja, on 24. December

Tickets: VIP: 10 000 HUF, Cat. A: 9 000 HUF, Cat. B: 8 000 HUF, Cat. C: 7 000 HUF

Performers: Soloist: Gyula Pfeiffer – organ, Éva Dúlfalvy – violin, György Geiger – trompet, László Honinger – tenor, Zsuzsanna Skoff – soprano

Program:

the St. Anne Church's nave

  • J. S. Bach: Toccata Air
  • G. F. Haendel: Oratorio Messiah – Rejoice
  • T. Albinoni: Sonata di Chiesa
  • G. F. Haendel: Xerxes – Largo
  • A. Vivaldi: The four seasons – Largo from winter
  • Ch. Gounod: Ave Maria
  • C-M Widor: Toccata from the Organ Symphony No. 5 Op. 42 No. 1
  • F. Liszt: Ave Maris Stella
  • T. Albinoni: Adagio
  • C. Franck: Panis Angelicus
  • J. Massenet: Thais Meditation
  • F. Schubert: Ave Maria
  • W. A. Mozart: Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate

Mozart & Vivaldi by the Duna String Orchestra

Tickets: VIP: 10 000 HUF, Cat. A: 9 000 HUF, Cat. B: 8 000 HUF, Cat. C: 7 000 HUF

Program:

  • J. Pachelbel: Canon
  • A. Vivaldi: Gloria
  • T. Albinoni: Adagio
  • F. Schubert: Ave Maria
  • W. A. Mozart: Church Sonate in D major
  • Ave Verum
  • Saint-Saens: The Swan
  • W. A. Mozart: Alleluja
  • A. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons. Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn
TIP: See also a fantastic 45-minute Hungarian Folk Music and Dance Show in the centrally located Danube Palace. Performance dates in November 2017: 04, 11, 18, 25 and in December 2017: 02, 26, 28, 29
TIP: See more December Events and Programs in Budapest.

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