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Actual news from Hegyvidék

Free end-of-year parking. From the close of operations on Thursday, 23rd December until 8 am on Monday, 3rd January, no parking fees will be charged in the capital's waiting areas, meaning that, with a few exceptions, parking will be free in Budapest between the two holidays. The exception in the 12th district is the Normafa parking lot, which is not a waiting area.

Christmas tram on the move. Trams dressed in holiday lights are running in the capital until 6 January, except on 24th and 31st December. The unique cars will put in an appearance in Hegyvidék on Saturday, 18th December on Line 59 and on Sunday, 2nd January on Line 56A, running between 3 pm and 8 pm. Regular fares apply.

Advent in Hegyvidék. The Christmas market in the Town Hall Square will be open until 24 December, welcoming visitors with festive activities. Performances include Noémi Tomhauser and the Musica Ignitus chamber orchestra (on 18th December at 4 pm), the Sixtones Acapella vocal group (on 18th December at 6 pm) and the Dr. Jazz Band Duo (on 19th December at 6 pm). Between 10 am to 4 pm on 19th December, children can pet sheep, lambs, and a donkey and try pony riding in the green area next to the Margaréta playground.

Movies in English. CinemaMOM (XII., Alkotás utca 53.) will be screening movies in English (with Hungarian subtitles) including the superhero film Spider-Man: No Way Home, the sci-fi action film The Matrix Resurrections and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, based on the musical of the same name. Tchaikovsky's opera The Nutcracker will be shown on 26th December at 3 pm, performed by the Royal Ballet of London.

Christmas tree decorations workshop. Creative adults can try their hand at making Christmas decorations reminiscent of Victorian, Biedermeier and fin de siècle styles on 19th December from 10 am at the Barabás Villa (XII., Városmajor utca 44.). The workshop will be led by Orsolya Sulák-Erdőháti, museum educator and craftswoman.

Festive cello music. At 4 pm on 19th December, cellist Milán Tomasz Máté will be playing various pieces by Bach and Tortelier at the Barabás Villa (XII., Városmajor utca 44.). Admission is free of charge.

Gospel concert. At 7 pm on 20th December, the Lumen Christi Gospel Choir will give a concert at MOMkult (XII., Csörsz utca 18.). Silver medallists at this year's World Choir Games, the ensemble will perform transcripts of traditional spirituals, as well as songs from the soundtrack of Sister Act 1 and 2.

Eszter Horgas and Friends. At 7 pm on 22nd December, flutist Eszter Horgas will take the audience on a journey through the worlds of Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, Paul Simon, Gershwin, The Doors, Madonna, and Zaz, among others, with the help of singer Mariann Falusi and the Class Jazz Band. The venue is MOMkult (XII, Csörsz utca 18).

Cotton Club Singers. The popular vocal group will perform their HanukkAcoustic show at MOMkult (XII., Csörsz utca 18.) at 7 pm on 26th December. The singers will perform their greatest hits unplugged, spiced up with songs by Jewish composers as part of the Jewish Art Days.

Hot Jazz Band. The long-running Hungarian jazz band, with a repertoire consisting primarily of American and Hungarian jazz hits from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, will hold a pre-New Year's Eve concert at MOMkult (XII., Csörsz utca 18.) on 30th December from 8 pm.

Budapest Bár. The orchestra will be welcoming the year 2022 with cheerful tunes by reviving the genre of café gypsy music at 7 pm on 1st January. Seven popular singers: Dóri Behumi, Juci Németh, Vera Tóth, Frenk, György Ferenczi, Krisztián Szűcs and Misi Mező will be performing on the stage at MOMkult (XII, Csörsz utca 18.) with the orchestra led by Róbert Farkas.