Müpa Winter Open Air

Ice – Music – Experience

In every respect.

Once again we are transforming the lead-up to Christmas into a special experience: after its first, hugely successful time last year Müpa Winter Open Air returns from 2 December. Once again this year, the Müpa Budapest Sound Machine plays popular Christmas melodies, our giant skate rink will soon be open for the skaters, while visitors are entertained by exciting and wonderful programmes in the adjacent marquee. 

Ice rink

2 December 2017 – 28 January 2018

After last year’s great success, the Müpa ice rink welcomes the locals just outside the main entrance of the Müpa building. Up to 80 skaters at a time can use the 400 square metre surface of ice to glide around to music broadcast by Müpa Radio’s Easy and Symphony channels. Tickets are available for HUF 500, but the use of the ice rink is free of charge for one time with a valid Müpa Budapest, Müpa Marquee or Ludwig Museum ticket. The rinkside covered snack-bar offers classic winter treats including mulled wine, hot chocolate and spiced apple juice. 

Opening hours:
Weekdays: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
on weekends and during school holidays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

closed on 24 December
on 25 and 26 December and on 1 January: 12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Rink opening hours:
10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
12:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

The Rules of the Ice rink are available here.

3–29 December 2017

The hugely successful Müpa Melody Wheel is again available to try in the foyer from 3 to 29 December. The interactive music box was introduced two years ago, and has been a constant hit ever since. First set up at the Allee shopping mall, the unique device attracted more than 30,000 visitors in one week, and has since won numerous professional awards. It also proved to be hit in the spring of 2016, this time set up in Madách tér, and its repertoire has grown since. Now it includes festive melodies, alongside the popular tunes to entertain the crowds. The Sound Machine will continue to feature great classic pieces such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt, Valami van a levegőben by Halott Pénz, Vuk’s song from the animated feature film Vuk, Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter, the Ride of the Valkyries from Wagner’s Ring tetralogy and Nino Rota’s soundtrack to Fellini’s Academy Award-winning film 8½. 

The Rules of the Müpa Melody Wheel are available here.

Müpa Tent

2 December 2017 – 31 December 2017

Winter fun is, of course, not complete without exciting cultural programmes. The Müpa Marquee will be offering colourful children’s programmes, spectacular contemporary circus performances and theatre productions as well as pop-music concerts. Guests include BANDART, a performance combining theatre with the latest digital technology; while in addition to its breathtaking show, this year the Recirquel Contemporary Circus Company is also presenting a matinee show for children. At the ring of the Müpa Marquee the guest performances by two other international contemporary circus companies: the award-winning FAUNA Circus and Losers Cirque Company of featuring actors, acrobats and dancers, also promise to be captivating. The children’s show performers will include Kaláka, Kolompos Együttes, Péter Molnár Kálloy and the Modern Art Orchestra as well as PASO. There are also exciting surprises in store for the little ones as on 3 December, none other than Joulupukki, the Finnish Santa Claus himself, will pay them a visit. Pop-music fans are also in for an exceptional treat at the Müpa Marquee: in addition to the Kultúrpart Advent event, performers including Jazzation, as well as Nikolas Takács and Nikoletta Szőke (promising a special performance) will guarantee quality entertainment.