Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates.
Budapest is among the top European destinations for spending the winter holidays. Although it rarely snows there, the city looks very festive and magical because of all the lights. One of the city's landmarks are the Christmas trams. These trams are running on their usual tracks but what's special about them is the 30,000 shimmering led lights.
Usually, there are a few routes with lighted trams, but the best one is No.2. It's basically a cheap (a regular ticket is required) and a comfortable sightseeing tour because this tram runs along the Danube Promenade. In fact, it's ranked as #7 in the 'Top 10 Trolley Rides' by National Geographic. The Christmas trams start running in the evenings after 4 pm between early December and the beginning of January.
Other routes with occasional Christmas Trams are Number 14 M from Káposztásmegyer/megyeri út to Lehel tér M (M3 metro station), Number 59 from Márton áron tér to Szent János Kórház, and Number 49 Tram from Kelenföld Train Station (M4 metro) to Deák Ferenc tér. You can ride them with a regular tram ticket. Kids can also enjoy Santa’s Trolleybus on route No. 70 with LED illumination throughout December. Regular fares apply on the trolleybus. And don't forget to dress up warmly since many trams and trolleybuses have poor heating.