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Christmas Gala Concert with optional Dinner & Cruise

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Christmas Gala Concert Budapest

Experience the Hungarian Christmas spirit on these spectacular concert performancesduring the holidays in Budapest!

Christmas in Budapest is a whole new experience according to several tourists who havevisited the city during the winter season. You have the chance to experience the festivitiesfrom first hand with several Christmas markets, all kinds of activities in the city centre andsome breath-taking performances.The Gala Concert in Christmas is a definite insight into the local celebrations. Prepareyourself for a spectacle to take your breath away!

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With a repertoire covering musical styles such as operetta, gipsy music and classical music,Budapest’s very own Danube Symphony Orchestra headlines this grand spectacle of aChristmas concert. Starring professional ballet dancers and the city’s best operetta soloist,the performance also serves as a confirmation that music and dance is inseparable.Listen to the evergreen classics of Liszt and Strauss in the interpretation of a symphonyorchestra, members of the Budapest Operetta Theatre, ballet dancers and folk musicians,including a master of the classic Hungarian folk instrument, the “cimbalom”.Come along on a journey through Hungary’s music history to experience somethingunforgettable between the holidays!

The 90 minutes long concerts (consisting of two 40-45 minute long parts with an intermission in between.

Did You Know?

The Cimbalom is a Hungarian folk instrument played primarily with beaters. It is equipped with a heavy frame for more dynamic power, with many added string courses resulting in an extended range of sound and also a damper pedal to allow more dynamic control. During the 19th century the cimbalom was considered as the most distinguished musical instrument in Hungary, aristocratic families had their children taught to play the cimbalom instead of the piano. The first Cimbalom School was opened in 1890. That was the reason why many plays of the era included the cimbalom as a primary instrument, making it unique and exclusively Hungarian.

To top up your unforgettable theatre performance, upgrade it to a complete evening program with our Dinner & Cruise at 22:00! Let us invite you to a romantic candlelight dinner on one of our air-conditioned, heated ships. The Cruise starts at 22:00, but will always wait for the guests from the theatre to arrive, escorted by our hosts and hostesses.

Ticket prices

VIP cat.

99 EUR

I. cat.

Adult: 41 EUR
Student: 39 EUR

II. cat.

Adult: 37 EUR
Student: 34 EUR

III. cat.

Adult: 33 EUR
Student: 31 EUR


Danube Palace

The Danube Palace was built between 1883 and 1885, in a splendid Neo-Baroque style according to the plans of Vilmos Freund. At that time it was known as the casino of Lipótváros – but not in the term of gambling, but an aristocratic club for entertainment. From when it was built till the Second World War the Palace served as a place of culture, supported many young artists, and even Bartók, Kodály, Dvorák played in its first-class concert hall. Since 1951 the building has been carrying out the cultural programs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Nowadays the beautiful halls and rooms of the Danube Palace are hosting cultural, social and gala events like weddings and theatre performances. The restaurant on the first floor of the building is only open for private events. It often holds welcome receptions for diplomats arriving to Budapest. The balconies, the staircase and the ceiling were made from oakwood and in the restaurant the visitor can see what an original baroque ceiling should look like. Originally, the whole palace was decorated with gold motifs, familiar to Baroque churches.


Part 1.

Hector Berlioz: Rákóczi March (Orchestra)
Zoltán Kodály: Intermezzo–from opera Háry János (Orchestra)
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian DancesNo. 5. (Orchestra with cimbalom solo)
Béla Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances (Orchestra)
Ferenc Erkel: Palotás – from the opera Hunyadi László (Orchestra)
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. (Orchestra with cimbalom solo)

Part 2.

Franz Lehár: Eva-Waltz (Ballett Ensemble)
Emmerich Kálmán:The Czardas Queen– „Dasist die Liebe”
Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow- Medley (Orchestra)
Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow– „Grisetten Lied und Kan-Kan (Ballett Ensemble)
The Grigoraş Ionică Dinicu: The nightingale (Gypsy Band)
A csitári hegyek alatt… (Hungarian Folksong, Gypsy Band)
Vittorio Monti: Czardas (Gypsy Band)
Emmerich Kalman: The Devil-rider– Palotás (Orchestra, Ballett Ensemble)
Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza– „Komm mit nach Varazdin”
Johann Strauss jr.:Long live the Magyar! Op. 332. (Orchestra)
Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza– „Braunes Mädel von der Pussta” (Ballett Ensemble)

With Danube Symphonic Orchestra and Ballett Ensemble and soloists of Budapest Operetta Theatre

Meeting information:

Meeting time: 19:30

Meeting Point: Inside Duna Palota (Danube Palace)

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in Danube Palace (1051, Budapest Zrinyi street 5.):


May: 5, 12, 19, 26

June: 16, 23, 30

July: 7,

Aug: 4, 11

Sept: 8, 15, 22, 29

Oct: 6, 13, 20, 27

Dec: 25, 27, 30


In Pesti Vigadó (1051, Vigadó square 2.)


June: 9

July: 14, 21

Aug.:18, 25

Sept.: 1

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