The capital provides more and more opportunities for ice skating every year, which is good for families and couples as well if they want to spend some quality time together. However, you had better not go there during the rush hours.

Szeretlek Magyarország collected the best free opportunities in Budapest, which are not only free but definitely make you feel the real Christmas cheer.

1. Advent at the Saint Stephen’s Basilica

Let’s slide into the Christmas mood at Saint Stephen’s Basilica and drink a hot chocolate with the kids afterwards.

Opening Hours: 23rd November 2018. – 1st December 2019.

Monday – Friday: 11:00-22:00

Saturday – Sunday: 10:00-22:00

24th December 2018.: 10:00-14:00

25th December 2018. : 10:00-18:00

Address: Saint Stephen’s Square, 1051, Budapest

2. Ice Skating Rink, Óbuda, Main Square

The rink is open as a part of the Advent in Óbuda program series, together with concerts, puppet shows, handicraft and cookie making sessions. You can rent ice skates there.

Opening Hours,  30.11.2018. – 03.03.2019.

Every day: 8:00-22:00

Address: Main Square, 1033, Budapest

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3. Müpa Ice Skating Rink

The rink has opened in the third consecutive year, and it is open from 2nd December 2018 until 27th January 2019.

Address: 1 Komor Marcell Street, 1095, Budapest

4. Budapest Whale

Opening Hours: 1st December – 31st December 2018.

Monday – Tuesday: 10:00-14:00, 15:00-22:00

Friday – Saturday: 10:00-14:00, 15:00-24:00

Sunday: 10:00-14:00, 15:00-22:00


24th December: 10:00-14:00

25th -26th December: Closed

New Year’s Eve:

31st December 2018 10:00-14:00, 15:00-18:00

New Year’s Day:

1st January 2019: Closed

2nd January 2019 – 28th February 2019:

Every day: 10:00-14:00, 15:00-20:00


The rink is under maintenance every day between 14:00 and 15:00. You can inquire about the condition of the ice and the rent of ice skates at +36 20 333 0881.

Address: 11. Fővám Square, Budapest

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5. Advent and Ice Skating Concourse, Zugló

The ice skating rink is next to the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, as a part of the local Advent fair. It is only available for student groups between 8:00 and 15:00 on school days, but it is open to everyone from 16:00.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 16:00 – 19:00

Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 – 20:00

Address: 5 Bosnyák Square, 1149, Budapest

6. Ice Skating Rink, Soroksár

The rink is almost 400m2 and completely free of charge. Gloves and caps are obligatory. You can rent skates in almost every sizes, from 28-50.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 14:00 for student groups

15:00 – 20:00 for everyone

Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 – 22:00

Address: Heroes Square, 1238, Budapest (Next to the local church)

If you really got into the Christmas mood, make sure to visit the Advent Fair at Vörösmarthy Square or one of these in rural Hungarian cities.

Featured image: Advent Feast at the Basilica


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