Unforgettable Christmas and New Year’s Celebration in Budapest
Budapest, 28 November, 2018
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest has published its 2018 Christmas and New Year’s Eve programme.
The upcoming festive season’s offering features ÉS Bisztró and its seasonal special, the Winter Terrace’s Yuletide menus and various entertainment options at the hotel’s culinary complex, the Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest. Located within immediate reach of the city’s most central and dazzling Christmas markets, Kempinski Corvinus remains the number one choice of where to spend the festive season.
Christmas in Budapest is a most magnificent time of the year. Lit with generously sparkling decorations, the city becomes a fairy tale, bringing together family and friends at iconic Christmas markets, where they enjoy the season’s must-haves, such as mulled wine, freshly fried sausages and sweets. Christmas in Budapest is not just a celebration but a feeling!
Defining the centre of the city, the edifice of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest dons a light-laden appearance for the festive season, inside and out. The lobby’s internal height, at an imposing nine metres, allows for a most splendid Christmas tree, richly decorated with baubles, lights and accessories. The ambience is set for a most memorable December for our guests’ stay.
Located in the very heart of Budapest, our Christmas Kempinski Corvinus benefits from the ferris wheel right across from the hotel in Erzsébet Park. On the other side of the hotel, the glamorously decorated, Christmas light-flooded Fashion Street flanks the building.
ÉS Bisztró’s Winter Terrace opened on Fashion Street on 23 November 2018 and remains open until 10 January 2019. The design of Winter Terrace was inspired by the notion of a casual ski-bar in the mountains, to serve hot drinks and seasonal snacks such as mulled wine, ÉS Deli speciality coffee, sparkling wine and other creative cocktails, in addition to local pastry staples, like lángos with smoked salmon, red caviar, aged cured ham, pulled pork, and pancakes, both sweet and savoury, plus Hungarian cabbage soup.
ÉS Bisztró’s popular Sunday brunch concept, Family Table, will have special menus every Advent Sunday, on 25 December and on New Year’s Day. On 24 December 2018 ÉS Bisztró will serve its specially created Christmas Eve Dinner, accompanied with live music, and on 31 December, ÉS will offer a four-course menu and live music. Elsewhere in the Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest, on 31 December, classic and creative cocktail specialist Blue Fox The Bar will serve a three-course menu and unlimited Taittinger champagne until midnight, to DJ’d tunes.
In the meantime, in town, the world-famous Vörösmarty Square Christmas Fair remains open until 1 January 2019. This is one of the most central markets, complete with certified artisan stalls made of wood, selling folk crafts and folklore-inspired gifts, Hungarian meals, mulled wine and spirits. There’s also a playhouse with arts and crafts activities for children and a stage for concerts, daily between 17:00 and 20:00.
In a similarly central location, St. Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market will be open from 23 November 2018 until 1 January 2019. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the cathedral, this Christmas fair remains the most spiritual, also featuring Christmas market signature goods, food and drinks, plus artistic entertainment, light painting on the facade.
Not far from the central Christmas markets, along the river runs tram line number 2, which operates a specially lit Christmas tram in winter. Don’t miss Buda’s Danube-scape as you ride number 2 along the central stretch of the embankment.
Come in from the cold, or in the case of the largest thermal bath in the city, go outside to warm up! Széchenyi Baths in City Park offers an outdoor pool, which is warm enough to enjoy in winter. The outdoor pool is especially popular with locals, who play chess in the steam. Most of the pools are indoors, and you can also get therapeutic treatment here, taking advantage of the curative properties of the baths’ thermal water.
A stone’s throw from Széchenyi Baths is City Park’s popular ice rink, just off Heroes’ Square. Sprawling over 12,000 square metres, it is the biggest outdoor ice rink in Europe, surrounded with some of the best imperial architecture in town.
Discover more of what to see and do in Budapest in winter.
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About Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus defines contemporary luxury in its outfitting, as well as service, in the heart of Budapest. Boldly modern, and recently redesigned and renovated on three floors, it offers 316 splendid rooms and 35 chic suites. A signature concept, Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest includes Austro-Hungarian ÉS Bisztró, ÉS Deli, New Japanese Nobu Restaurant, The Living Room and Blue Fox The Bar. Kempinski The Spa features a unique hungarymud treatment, and Kempinski Gallery shows modern Hungarian art. Ten Rooms is the Hotel’s MICE solutions delivered on a full floor of state-of-the-art and flexible spaces, reconstructed in 2017, while The Kitchen Caters provides full-service catering management at or outside Kempinski Corvinus.
About Kempinski: Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and The Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.
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