Budapest Travel Guide

Christmas Fair in Budapest

Christmas Fair in Budapest

21/11/2008. – 29/12/2008.
Vörösmarty Square
Opening times: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily

(24th December until 2 p.m.)

This year is extra special: the Christmas Fair of Budapest, held on Vörösmarty square, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The Christmas fair of the Hungarian capital and the more than 150 cultural programmes that accompany it has become an internationally known attraction. The series of events lasting for almost one month is one of the most popular programmes of the winter season. The Budapest Christmas event is visited by almost 600 thousand people from all over the world.

The event is one of the highlights of the festive preparations, there is almost nobody in the capital who hasn’t been to the fair at least once, but it can be said that no foreign tourist leaves the capital at this time of the year without walking to the Vörösmarty square to take part in this lively, yet intimate event with special festive atmosphereThe popular and Europe-wide well known festive atmosphere of the Christmas Fair is due to the unique pavilions and the exclusive goods available in them: almost 100 craft stands offer goods, special gifts and folk art and craft decorations certified by the panel of experts of the Association Of Hungarian Folk Artists.

For visitors who have a taste for traditional gastronomic delights the city centre location of the fair is a real heaven: the smell of the fresh bread “lángos” baked in the traditional “Töki” clay oven, the stands of caramelised pastry horn makers and strudel makers, traditional country food baked in clay ovens, friendly meat grills attract anybody walking near the fair. If you like good mulled wine, you should also be there in the Vörösmarty square: after drinking it, you can take home the special mug it was served in: the “Christmas Fair Mug” gets a new design every year.

Should all this be not enough, visitors of the square are continuously entertained by cavalcade of Hungarian folk music, folk dance, classical music, children’s programmes and concerts. The organizers are preparing special surprises and accompanying events for the anniversary year, making this year’s Christmas in Budapest a truly unforgettable experience.

The organizers maintain the right for any changes!

(source: Budapestinfo)