Each year, from the end of November to the end of December, Vörösmarty Square is transformed into the annual Budapest Christmas Market. Visitors can browse over 100 stands offering unique Christmas-themed arts and crafts. A giant Advent calendar on the facade of the glamorous Gerbeaud building, exhibitions, live entertainment and food & wine are also part of the festivities. Each day, between December 1st and 23rd a new window is opened in the Advent calendar, accompanied by light and music shows. Children’s programs include artisan courses and puppet shows.
The scent of traditional Hungarian foods like lángos (fry bread with a variety of toppings), kürtöskalács (a cone-shaped sweet hollow pastry), roasted meats, fried sausages and other delicacies like home-made strudels, töki pompos (oven-baked dough) and roasted chestnuts wafting in the air is sure to whet your appetite. Soak up the holiday atmosphere and keep yourself warm while strolling among the wooden stalls of the market with a cup of mulled wine. The magical atmosphere of the Budapest Christmas market is a truly unforgettable experience.
Good to know: The Christmas market is a great place to pick up some unique hand-made gifts as all products on sale are checked for quality and certified by the Association of the Hungarian Folk Artists.
2015 Opening hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10 am to 10 pm, Friday - Sunday: 10 am to 11 pm
(Dec. 24 - open until 2 pm, Dec. 25 & 26 - closed)