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Christmas Markets in Budapest

Christmas Markets in Budapest

During the festive holiday season in Hungary, Christmas markets take over the cities. Traditional stalls, showcasing tasty treats and handmade goods, are open for business from mid-November until well after the New Year. Here’s how and where to enjoy the best of Budapest’s Christmas markets.

Vorosmarty Square

Over 120 stalls in Vorosmarty Square make up the biggest Christmas market in Budapest. Vendors sell festive gifts and traditional arts and crafts, with everything from baubles and handmade puppets to hand-painted ceramics and scented candles. Of course St. Nicholas makes an appearance, and carol-singing takes place near Café Gerbeaud at 5pm every day.

St. Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Fair

Organized by the National Association of Folk Artists, the St. Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Fair is among the best Christmas markets in Budapest. It takes place in St. Stephen’s Square, beneath the festive Christmas tree and the grand towers of the basilica. Highlights include the diverse handicraft and food stalls, and the festive illuminations animating the basilica’s neoclassical facade. There are folk dances every Friday and Saturday evening, and a skating rink within the square for children aged 4 to 14.

Advent Fair in Obuda

The Obuda (Old Buda) Advent Fair is a quieter and wonderfully charming Christmas market that comes alive on December weekends, typically attracting more locals than visitors. Taking place in the historic Fo Ter square, it’s the perfect option for travelers hoping to explore Budapest off the beaten trail. There’s a festive program of concerts and puppet shows for kids, craft stalls, and an ice-skating rink.

Erzsebet Square Christmas Fair

The Erzsebet Square Christmas Fair takes place around the Danubius Fountain on Erzsebet Square, near the banks of the Danube River. The market traders offer up the best of traditional Hungarian produce—selling everything from biscuits, cheese, honey, and wine to preserves, sausages, street food, and pastries. With plenty of Christmas decorations to admire and the heady scent of hot mulled wine on the air, it’s the perfect place to sample some of the flavors the locals love.

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Budapest New Year's Eve Party Cruise

Budapest New Year's Eve Party Cruise

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Celebrate the New Year with a 4-hour dinner cruise along the glittering sights of the Danube River in Budapest. Sip on a glass of Sparkling wine and soak up the city’s glowing panorama. You’ll pass the Parliament Building, the Buda Castle, and Gellert Hill. Then, head to the main cabin for a delicious 5-course dinner and live entertainment from the Rajkó Folk Orchestra and Ensemble. Ring in the New Year with dancing and scenic views from the upper deck as the clock strikes midnight.
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Budapest Christmas Market Tour

Budapest Christmas Market Tour

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Go on a Christmas adventure in Budapest, and explore four Christmas markets on this small-group tour in Hungary’s capital city. Check out the Christmas lights and decorations set up for the holidays, sample traditional Hungarian Christmas treats and shop the stalls for little gifts or souvenirs (own expense). Hear myths about the area, and learn about the city’s holiday traditions along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Basilica Entry & Mulled Wine

Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Basilica Entry & Mulled Wine

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Get into the holiday spirit with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Budapest’s Christmas markets. Follow a guide through the city streets to see Andrássy Avenue, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Hungarian State Opera House. Afterward, head to the Christmas markets to peruse handmade mementos and Hungarian delicacies. You’ll be treated to a cup of mulled wine at the end of your tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Budapest Christmas Market & Food Tour

Budapest Christmas Market & Food Tour

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Celebrate the yuletide season with a festive 3-hour tour of Budapest’s Christmas markets. Soak up the magic of winter in the city as you visit four different Christmas markets, shop for traditional handicrafts and gifts, and sample an array of flavorsome holiday foods. Sip mulled wine, munch on stuffed flatbread and taste delicious strudel while hearing about Hungary’s unique Christmas traditions from your guide. This small-group tour is limited to 8 people to ensure a personalized experience.
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