Embracing the holiday spirit in Budapest from Christmas fairs to Christmas trams.
Christmas Markets in Budapest
The city’s traditional Christmas market is held in Vörösmarty Square, but this year the air is filled with the scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts all over Budapest. The square in front of the Basilica has been transformed into a charming Christmas market, offering everything from gifts to traditional street eats. There is even a small ice-rink in the middle of the market. Liszt Ferenc tér and Fashion Street also host Christmas markets with arts and crafts and seasonal food specialties. The best time to visit is at night, when the streets and squares are all lit up with sparkling Christmas lights and magical décor creating a romantic Christmas setting for everyone to enjoy.
Christmas Shopping in Budapest
For some Christmas shopping and more gift ideas visit WAMP’s Christmas Design & Gastro Fair enabling Hungarian artists, designers and craft workers to sell their work direct to the public. The Creativ Arts Christmas Fair is another great event to check out for some artsy gifts, as it features local artists and crafters.
Christmas Concerts in Budapest
In the month of December, Matthias Church hosts Christmas-themed concerts, the St. Stephen’s Basilica features classical concerts, the Palace of Arts has a number of festive concerts and recitals on its program, and the Budapest Opera House presents The Nutcracker.
Budapest Baths During Christmas
Most historic thermal baths are open during the Christmas holiday. On Christmas Eve they usually have shorter opening hours (the closing time is 2pm), but on Dec. 25th and 26th they are open throughout the day. Certain treatments however, like mud-packs, hydrotherapy, massages and other therapies, may not be available during these days.
A ride on the Christmas tram, ice-skating in City Park, a glass of mulled wine and the festive lights and colors of Budapest will help you get right into the holiday spirit.