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The traditional Hungarian version of Santa is Saint Nicholas, Mikulás (or Szent Miklós). Saint Nicholas visits the little ones on the night of 5th December, which is the eve of Saint Nicholas Feast Day, 6th December. No wonder then that the Budapest Christmas market is in full swing at this time! Christmas in Budapest is an item for your travel bucket list.
Usually, the enchanted Budapest city-center Christmas market celebration usually opens mid-November and closes at the end of December (December 31) each year.
To preserve the environment, food vendors use eco-friendly cups, plates, and cutlery, while waste is recycled.
Despite being held in Hungary’s largest city, Budapest magically creates an ambiance community spirit during the annual Advent Feast. Rich with Central European holiday traditions, the market welcomes everyone with Christmas spirit sparkles.
The Basilica is still active. So, you can attend Christmas masses and ceremonies.
I recommend booking tickets to the beautiful organ concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica. Especially over the festive season, which gives the experience that added touch of magic.
This market in the heart of the city has been going on since 1998, making it the oldest internationally acclaimed Christmas fair in Budapest.
Enjoy around 160 programs from puppet shows, folk, jazz, blues, soul, crossover, world music concerts, to dance house performances.
They plan to have around 122 stalls of high-quality products that are selected and pre-approved by a dedicated team of folk art experts.
Location: In front of the Gerbeaud Coffee House, on Vorosmarty Square, Budapest, District V.
Getting there: Get there via the M1 underground (yellow line), M1, M2, M3 metro lines: Deák tér station or tram 2 Széchenyi tér stop. It is a couple of minutes’ walk from both stops.
I recommend the beautiful Christmas market if you want to experience the local lifestyle. It is much less touristy.
Ordinarily, from four weeks before Christmas and closing on the 23rd of December.
To get there, hop on the H5 local train at Batthyány tér and get off at Szentlélek tér. The charming old town Christmas market is in front of Óbuda (‘Old Buda’) in the north of the Buda side.
To summarize, Budapest’s award-winning Christmas open-air festive-season market is worth visiting. Without doubt.
While you’re at it, plan your trip around some sightseeing and spend a night or two in magical Budapest. After all, there is NO need to rush this once-a-year experience. Enjoy it for as long as you can.