Winter time is mostly about preparing for Christmas (or Hannukah) in Budapest, so the best November events, December and January festivals that really stand out are the following:
Budapest Christmas Market in the heart of the city of Budapest, on Vorosmarty square and in front of the St Stephen’s Basilica – both Christmas markets are in downtown Budapest, with lots of live shows, and drinks and foods to keep you warm and happy. Budapest Christmas offers a lot to see and do in winter time, from Christmas concerts, Xmas fairs, ballets, shows, to Christmas parties and special Xmas dinners.
Quarter6Quarter7 Festival is in the Jewish Quarters of Budapest, a happy and colourful preparation for Hannukah in December, a genuine local Budapest festival
Mangalitsa Festival – celebrating the hairy Hungarian piggy called ‘mangalica’ (say ‘mangalitsa’), which has – vegetarians close your ears please – excellent meats, sausages, etc. Mangalitsa is also said to be a much healthier version than the standard pigs. The festival is about eating, drinking a lot, and seeing these animals live. Plus buying some authentic Hungarian gifts.
Fridge Festival – strictly speaking the snow sports festival in Budapest is in autumn, but it feels so wintry.
Jazz Showcase Music Festival – a young jazz talent show of 3 days, the annual jazz festival is at the Palace of Arts , Budapest in January – can truly warm up the winter chills.
StageDiving Metal Festival – a winter music festival for the metal fans, held every year in January at Durer Garden in Budapest (Dürer Kert)
Winter festivals by months – what to do in Budapest if your visit is scheduled for the winter months – November through March