Twelve days of Christmas fun for the family

by Réka Morvay on December 25, 2010

This Christmastide, don’t be left cooped up at home; go out and enjoy some of the many festivities planned for families around Budapest.

December 26th from 5 pm to 8 pm: Candle-lit stroll through the Labyrinth in the Castle District. More info.

December 27th from 11 am to 12:30 pm: The Palace of the Arts is hosting a hands-on musical workshop for children ages 5 and up. More info.

December 28th from 2:30 pm, December 30th from 4 pm: The Star of Bethlehem, an astronomical account of the famous story. For children 10 and up. Call ahead to arrange English-language presentations. More info.

December 8th through January 2nd: Bethlehem manger exhibit at the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. More info.

December 4th through January 2nd: Visit “Christmas in the Castle” in Nagytétény. More info.

December 3rd through January 2nd: Take a ride on the Christmas Light Tram. Travels on the 2A tram line on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 5 pm and 9 pm. Starts from Jászai Mari tér at 17:00, 17:45, 18:30, 19:15, 20:00, 20:45. Starts from Boráros tér at 16:40, 17:25, 18:10, 18:55, 19:40, 20:25. Travels on the 19 tram line on Tuesdays and Fridays. Starts from Batthyány tér at 17:05, 18:05, 19:05, 20:05. Starts from
Kelenföldi pu. at 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30.

December 6th through January 6th: Stroll through the Forest of Angels on Hősök tere (actually Felvonulási tér behind the Museum of Modern Art). This unique installation of a forest of Christmas trees is a charity drive for various organizations, and also hosts free concerts and other cultural events. More info.

November 26th through January 2nd: Christmas market in Szentendre. More info.

November 5th through January 6th: Visit Santa Claus in his home in Nagykarácsony. More info.

December 18th though 30th: McDonald’s Bike Mania in Arena Plaza. Indoor bike playground for children 4 and up. Kids have fun biking around while parents can shop. More info.

October 1st through December 31st: Visit the Horse Breeding, Horse Racing and the Bourgeoisie exhibition at the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. Kids learn all about horses and their relationship to humans. The exhibit was designed specifically with children in mind. More info.

All winter: Ice skating rink on WestEnd’s rooftop terrace. Nightly ice disco thanks to Radio 1, ice skating lessons for kids, and skate rentals for everyone. More info.

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