Live From the Budapest Christmas Market

3 comments Posted by: Roberta Gyori

Budapest’s annual Christmas market on Vörösmarty tér is once again the place to visit to get into the holiday spirit. Open from mid November through December 30th, the square, at night, looks like a fairytale. This year the Christmas tree shines in shades of white and blue, the official mug comes in four different colors and the guest country is Belgium. There are over 100 vendors offering Christmas-themed arts and crafts, unique handmade products and foodie gifts, like Szaloncukor, a traditional Hungarian Christmas candy.

Budapest Christmas Market 2011

The Gerbeaud Building

Budapest Christmas Market 2011

This year's Christmas tree shines in white and blue

Budapest Christmas Market 2011 - photo Mark Mervai

Santa figurines

Budapest Christmas Market 2011

Handmade gifts

Budapest Christmas Market 2011


Food vendors, selling everything from delicious pork knuckle and tasty sausages to mulled wine and pálinka, are located in the middle of the square. Traditional Hungarian street foods like rétes (strudel), kürtőskalács (a sweet, spiral-shaped pastry), roasted chestnuts and töki pompos (oven-baked dough) are also part of the offerings. Live entertainment, such as light painting on the facade of the Gerbeaud building (6pm and 8pm, daily), a Christmas choir (5 pm daily), and kid’s programs like puppet shows and gingerbread decoration are all part of the festivities. Santa is going to visit on December 4th, 5th and 6th.

Budapest Christmas Market 2011

Arts and crafts

Budapest Christmas Market 2011 - photo Mark Mervai

Mulled wine is sold here

Budapest Christmas Market 2011

Tasty pork knuckles

Budapest Christmas Market 2011

Fried sausages

Budapest Christmas Market 2011 - photo Mark Mervai

Kürtőskalács in the making

Budapest Christmas Market 2011

Vörösmarty tér comes alive at night

Visitors can experience the magical atmosphere of the Budapest Christmas Market every day from 10 am to 8 pm (except December 24, when the market closes at 2 pm and December 25 & 26, when the market is closed). The market is open through December 30th.

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  1. Matthias opines:

    Very nice images. I think the christmas market on Vörösmarty tér is the best in Budapest.

  2. Marilyn Walters opines:

    Fabulous Market, been going there for quite a number of years, so ‘Chrismassy’, love it.

  3. Jessica opines:

    Such beautiful pictures! Spending the holiday this year in Southern California. It’s just not the same as in Budapest, with the hot-mulled wine sold on the streets, all the beautiful lights, and the markets. Such a great time of year to be in Budapest!

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