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Welcome Dear Readers!

You're in good company here, together with thousands of expats and high-level local readers

- a cosmopolitan circle of internationally-minded peope, also known as the Xpat Community.

First up are 5 great new Interviews with Xpats you may know, or may want to know:

1. Gábor Dévai, CEO, Sixt Hungary *

2. Amanda Nelson, CEO, Vodafone Hungary

3. Thomas Schwall, GM, The Ritz-Carlton Budapest

4. Wang Qiang AKA 'Master Wang', Budapest's Celebrity Chinese Chef

5. H.E. Mladen Andrlić, Ambassador of Republic of Croatia to Hungary

+1. Dr. Judit Szegő, Partner Of Korecz-Szegő Law Firm

* BTW for interest, Sixt currently have a Special Festive Offer For Xpats: Up To Half Price Car Rental

You can take advantage of this exceptional offer over the holiday season for trips in top cars, including:
Mini Cooper Countryman, BMW i3 Electric Car, Range Rover Sport + Similar Premium SUVs...

Click here to to see all the many cars available with up to 50% discount + details of this outstanding deal.

As always you can see many events to suit your taste below, and in the Xpat Calendar.

Now we hope you like what's in it for you below - feedback's always welcome.

Yours with best wishes, Team

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Calendar highlights

Christmas Charity Program by Semmelweis Uni, Until 13 Dec

Many local families here live in poor circumstances, and the pandemic hit them harder than many. This initiative aims to support them with non-perishable food and second hand clothes to help them have a happy holiday season.

10 December - 1089 Budapest, Nagyvárad tér 4.

Pannon Philharmonic: 'As A Memory' Online Concert

The nearly 210-year-old Pannon Philharmonic at this unique online event opens with Beethoven, then takes an journey by means of Schumann's Second Symphony to get to know the composer's spiritual and emotional world.

11 December - Budapest

Saturday Christmas Market @ Vegan Garden

Local handicrafts, vegan food and gifts for Christmas are all available here. For a takeaway treat while shopping you can also try special food and drinks, inc. mulled wine.

12 December - 1072 Budapest, Dob u, 40.

Online Advent Singing Class

Get into the Xmas mood by learning traditional Hungarian songs, which you can then sing anytime over the festive season. Local singer Júlia Kubinyi leads this class each Sunday during Advent, along with her musician friends.

13 December - Budapest

'Little Garden' Xmas Pop Up Market

For 10 days before Xmas, various festive exhibitors await you - at the entrance of MOM Park - with premium gift products and local delicacies to help you complete your Xmas preparations.

14 December - 1123 Budapest, Alkotás út 53.

Online: Audiovisual Electronic Music Evening, With Gábor Lázár

After playing prominent electronic gigs, Gábor has moved his act online. Local e-maestro Lázár, "strips and inverts the styles laid out in the history of electronic music through carefully designed experiments".

15 December - Budapest

How It’s Made: Different Styles Of Sparkling Wine

Pezsgő - the Hungarian name for sparkling wine - has been produced in Hungary since the first half of the 19th century. At this online workshop you can learn about the different styles and methods for producing it...

16 December - Budapest


AISB Elementary School Virtual Open House, 11 December

For families interested in this world-class Elementary Program, the team at the American International School Budapest invite you to join their "Virtual Open House" this Friday.

Give An Experience To Your Loved Ones From The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

Looking for the perfect gift for friends, family or colleagues? Here's a great opportunity to give a gift to look forward to, and make their wishes come true with luxury treats.

WhiskyNet Hungary: Kilchoman - "From Barley To Bottle”

A dominant member of the Scottish whisky regions, Islay, is referred to as a “smoky” island by whisky fans, because the majority of whiskys made here are peaty in nature. There are a few distilleries on Islay, one of the most promising is Kilchoman, & you can now taste their wares here thanks to WhiskyNet.

New movies in Budapest