New Year’s Eve (Szilveszter) celebrations in Budapest include big festivities, street concerts, fireworks and plenty of partying. Here are some top spots to visit on the last night of the year.
In 2015, street parties are planned in Nyugati tér, Oktogon and Vörösmarty tér.
New Year's Eve Race
It's been a local tradition since 1999 to start the New Year's Eve celebrations at the races. This big year-end event starts at 2 pm and it includes several horse races, local celebrities, live music, fireworks and lots of mulled wine. Venue: Kincsem Park, Albertirsai út 2-4, Pest, District 10
Live Concerts & DJ Gigs
Budapest Jazz Club hosts an annual New Year's Eve jazz party, 'Jazzszilveszter', with performances by local jazz stars. Champagne and a hot buffet complete the party that goes from 8 pm until 3 am. The Academy of Music presents Gábor Presser and the Amadinda Percussion Group. A38, the World's Greatest Bar by Lonely Planet in 2012, presents a 'Random Trip to 2016' party featuring the "the best local musicians from today’s vibrant hip hop – nu jazz – dub – d’n’b – rock scene". Ötkert hosts a Hungarian party with local stars to get the dance floor moving. Instant's week-long New Year's celebration, filled with a lot of music, dance and fun, offers something for everyone. Many other Budapest bars and clubs offer great year-end parties. The Jewish Quarter in District 7 is home to a bunch of hot spots, including some of the city's most popular ruin pubs. Fogasház, Doboz, Mika Tivadar Mulató and Szóda are some of the places to party at.
To celebrate New Year's Eve in a more formal atmosphere spend the night at one of Budapest's five-star hotels. Kempinski offers "Jazzy Gourmet Szilveszter" in the Piano Lounge, with live music and a 5-course dinner. The Four Seasons, Corinthia and Buddha-Bar all offer a night out filled with champagne, dancing, multi-course menus and a traditional midnight feast to ring in the New Year. The beautifully renovated Várkert Bazár hosts another luxurious event, the 2015 James Bond New Years Eve Party, presented by the Cotton Club Singers.
Cinetrip Year-End Party
And, if you'd like start celebrating a day before New Year's Eve, join Cinetrip for a spectacular year-end sparty at Széchenyi Baths. The line-up includes 3D laser shows, DJs, great music and lots of fun right before New Year’s Eve. Bring your swimsuit, a towel and a pair of flip-flops. The sparty starts on Tuesday, Dec 30th at 10:30 pm and it runs until 3 am.
Happy New Year!