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Let your hair down on New Year's Eve

Advent BazilikaBudapest Greater Budapest

Partying is compulsory on the last day of the year, which can actually discourage lots of people from going out. But if they do, they usually don't regret it. Do the same this year: get up and throw yourself into this wonderful night. 

This year, the Advent holiday at the Basilica is celebrating its 13th birthday. Last year the event was voted the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe for the third time. It is on Szent István tér, Budapest and this year it opened on 17 November and will stay open until 1 January, so you can party there on New Year’s Eve. Whether you come with your family, friends or colleagues, the New Year’s Eve atmosphere is sure to captivate you. On the last day of the year, the handcrafted products, the gastro adventures, the art performances, the ice rink and the light and shadow show on the facade of the Basilica will be accompanied by champagne, orange-infused punch, hot cocktails and pálinka tasting. You can count down the last ten seconds of the last minute of the year with everyone on the square.

Who knows what happens at midnight...

New Year's Eve Budapest will be held on 31 December 2023 on Vörösmarty Square, where trumpets, fireworks, champagne, lucky pigs, mulled wine, delicious food, a New Year's Eve atmosphere and a party welcome visitors on the last day of the year. In the frenetic atmosphere of Vörösmarty Square, you can try on colourful wigs and masks, blow a trumpet and see spectacular fireworks at midnight.

Will you be lucky at the races?

You can try your luck at the Trotting New Year's Eve almost every year. On the last day of the year, it is an old tradition to place your bets on the horse and greyhound races in Kincsem Park from 12:00 to 21:00. It’s a good way to say goodbye to 2023. One of the capital's largest outdoor New Year's Eve sports events is unmissable afternoon entertainment for the whole family. The excitement of the races can also captivate you. Entry is free for under 18, and the highlight of the day is a celebrity race with actors, musicians, athletes and journalists. What's important: bring a scarf, a cap and gloves, and make sure you dress warmly.

You can also spend New Year's Eve rocking on a boat

If you've never tried an exclusive New Year's Eve party on a boat, now is the time: try it this year. The restaurant boats on the Danube usually prepare dinner and dance parties for this occasion, and of course they also make sure that you won't be thirsty all evening. Traditional New Year’s Eve dishes such as roast pork, lentil stew, hot dogs and savoury scones will most probably be on the menu. A live band, DJ or karaoke can also enhance the atmosphere.