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First-up, here's a special seasonal interview with H.E. Iain Lindsay, British Ambassador to Hungary.

* He kindly confides about his expat life in Budapest, like his favourite party place, Hungary's best kept secret, and why he feels a common bond with Hungarians - noting they're warm and hospitable.

* Iain reveals rare insights about his hidden talents, who he admires the most, where he's spending Christmas, and what he'll be enjoying over this festive holiday - such as Szaloncukor.

* Plus Iain candidly shares thoughts about his future, the best places in the world to live, and much more including what's next on his agenda - including a new Brexit Town Hall Meeting.

On the topic of gatherings, there's a great variety of seasonal happenings in the Xpat Calendar.

Now here's hoping you like what's in it for you below, including 10 Seasonal Specials!

Best wishes for the Xmas holidays!

Team XpatLoop

Wishing Xpats A Wonderful Xmas* + A Very Happy New Year!

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Calendar highlights

English Stand Up: Magic With Skubi @ Szimpla Café

To make the holidays 'really magical' a magician will aim to make you laugh at this special stand-up comedy event in English.

21 December - 1073 Budapest, Kertész u. 48.

Tesco Disco ✘ A Very Indie Xmas @ A38

Featuring tunes by: Arctic Monkeys ★ Alt-J ★ The Beatles ★ The Black Keys ★ Bloc Party ★ Blur ★ Jake Bugg ★ Crystal Castles ★ The Cure ★ Empire Of The Sun ★ More!

21 December - 1117 Budapest, Petőfi híd

Nordic Xmas Market @ Wild Flower Bar

'You can find lots here to suit your aesthetic Xmas shopping needs', say the organisers, including candles & soaps with natural ingredients, plants, pots, clutches, wreaths...

22 December - 1052 Budapest, Vitkovics Mihály u. 3.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble: Wonderful Nativity

"This magical production presents Christmas Eve and the joy and excitement of waiting, the games and traditions of folk origins and the Christian tradition of welcoming the birth of Jesus, as well as the fairytale-like stories."

22 December - Palace Of Arts, 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.

White & Black Angels Party @ Fáklya Club

Ballroom dance & Latin workshop, on 4 dance floors, with 4 dance styles in total: Ballroom, Cuban salsa, Kizomba / Urban Kiz, Bachata.

22 December - 1067 Budapest, Csengery u. 68.

Hungarian National Philharmonic: Christmas Concert

The Hungarian National Choir has been able to bring many works to Hungarian audiences while preserving its classical repertoire. The choir's versatility is illustrated by this concert constructed around the spirit of Christmas.

23 December - Mupa, 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.

All Night Long Xmas Party @ Lock The Club

A long night lead by DJ Budai & Chriss Ronson, with a short event description, well you know what this is all about, a cool dance party at this hip club in Buda.

25 December - 1027 Budapest, Tölgyfa utca 1-3.,


Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner @ Corinthia Hotel Budapest

On this very special evening in Hungary you're invited to experience fantastic food, drink and a real Christmas atmosphere at the Brasserie & Atrium Restaurant inside the Corinthia.

New Year's Eve Asian Special @ Japanika Budapest

Celebrate the last day of the year with a special Asian menu and a live Dj set all night. Highlights from the menu include: Beef carpaccio with Thai chilli salad, Japanika's 'Organic Bun Burger', Grand Marnier French chocolate cake.

New Spíler 'Rockstar Restaurant' In Buda

Spíler has added an extra venue to its popular group of eateries, with a new number in Buda at MOM Park that's sure to be a hit, with its theme being all about rock music. 

Festive Season Dining @ Caviar & Bull Restaurant In Budapest

Chef Marvin Gauci and his team are raising the bar and setting new standards for holiday season dining - click this headline for details of the two incredible festive menus.

Introducing - Your Cleaning Solution

Is it also a pain for you to manage all your household tasks along with your job / fun during the festive season? Never fear, is here to help!

Festive Dining Events & Offers @ The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest awaits guests over the festive season with a variety of in-house programs, including culinary experiences rich in flavour, plus a selection of exciting citywide events and recommendations.

Placc Xmas Market @ ​​​​​​​Ellátókert, On Until 22 December

The market organisers invite Xpats to buy seasonal presents at Finom Placc Xmas Market. The goods here are made from only the best, local ingredients. And there is even a special Christmas Selection.

Discount Deal: Why Be Active, Why Go Active?

Buy a two yearly memberships at Go Active fitness & wellness club and get a -50% discount from the 2nd one - offer valid until end of December, and minimum one member need to be new member at the club.

Seasonal Discount Deal: Citroen SpaceTourer From U-Save Auto Rental Budapest

In case you have a big family, lots of friends, plenty of guests coming to stay for Christmas, a super seasonal solution is the 9 passenger Citroen SpaceTourer - now available as part of U-Save’s young fleet.

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