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3+1 Magical Budapest Christmas Markets

3+1 Magical Budapest Christmas Markets

3+1 Magical Budapest Christmas Markets | Expat Press Hungary Magazine

There are many magical Christmas markets in Budapest from the well-known ones to other more hidden locations where locals tend to go.

The Iconic 

The iconic Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair in Vörösmarty Square is one of Europe’s prettiest festive-season markets. You will find quality hand-made gifts made by talented artists and of course, a huge food stand in the middle of the square.

In the evenings, Cafe Gerbeaud’s facade is bathed in light. The Christmas light display on the Cafe’s building is magical, taking the more romantically inclined into a fairytale world.

Where? 1051 Budapest, Vörösmarty tér

The Spectacular

It goes without saying that Szent István Bazilika (St. Stephen’s Basilica) is one of the most amazing festive locations in Budapest. This Christmas market is located on St Stephen’s Square, 5-10 minutes’ walk from Vörösmarty Square. Just enter the giant Advent gate, browse among the hundred or so handcrafts stalls, or try out the skating rink in the middle of the square.

Every half an hour, every day between 4.30 pm and 8 pm there’s an amazing Christmas laser projection on the Basilica’s facade.

Where? 1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1.

The Lesser Known

If you prefer less touristy places then this is the festive market to try. The Advent Fair in Óbuda (Old Buda) is not so well known as the others but no less gorgeous for that. The Christmas Market takes place in Main Square (Fő tér) in Óbuda. It’s just a short distance from the city centre.

Visitors will enjoy a range of folk, jazz and world music concerts, beautiful festive market stalls with hand crafted presents, and of course lots of tasty food.

Where? 1033 Budapest, Fő tér


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The Artistic

At the end of the year Gozsdu Courtyard turns into a festive grotto. A beautiful Christmas tree enchants the visitors and this location also hosts Hanukkah celebrations between 6th and 14th December.

Be sure not to miss the craft food and gift stands with many, many good quality presents on offer.

Where? 1075 Budapest, Király utca 13.


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