Come and visit the Budapest Christmas Fair if you want to buy something unique and original for your loved ones. At the end of November Vörösmarty Square turns into a festive market place. The location is ideal; the Square is in the heart of the city at the end of Váci utca.
Cottage-style wooden stalls and two outdoor stages take over one of Budapest’s most attractive spots during the couple of weeks preceding the end-of-the-year holidays.
You can smell the scent of traditional honey cookies, mulled wine, cinnamon and fir from afar. The rich fragrant simply lures you to the market.
TIP: Find a good Budapest hotel within walking distance of Vörösmarty Square to conveniently explore the festive market.
Includes luxury, 5-star hotels should you wish to indulge during your city break, and quality budget accommodations if you want to save on your travel.
Programs in 2015.
Programs on two stages every day from 17.00 till 20.00: folk, jazz, world music concerts, dance house performances entertain visitors to the fair.
On weekend mornings puppet show will be on stage; sure to delight families with children.
Őrség region was the market’s guest of honour in 2013 – one of the most beautiful country areas in western Transdanubia bordering with Austria and Slovenia.
Traditional way of living, ancient crafts have been carefully preserved there – and you can see and enjoy a tiny piece of Őrség (honey, jams, and the liquid gold of the region: cold pressed pumkin seed oil) in the first stall of the fair (close to the Gerbeaud Cafe) built in a peasant cottage style characteristic of the region.
122 stalls offer high-quality products (selected and approved by special a jury of folk art experts).
Gastronomy: besides the usual fair delicacies (kürtös kalács, bread pizza baked in clay oven, roasted chestnut) you can taste traditional Hungarian Christmas dishes:
- stuffed cabbage,
- roasted goose thigh,
- roated pork knuckle,
- grilled sausages and meat.
Visual Show called Building Mapping on the facade of the Gerbeaud Coffee House – the 3-3 minute long spectacular animated light shows with Christmas themes can be seen from 30th November till 23rd December every day at 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 and 20.00.
Christmas mug with new design in red and white colours. You can buy the mug at every stall that sells mulled wine or hot tea. It costs 600 HUF.
Lighting the Candles on the Advent Wreath in the Magic Garden (Varázskuckó)- on Sundays of the Advent period at 16.00
Santa Claus makes a visit on 6th December at 15.00-16.00 – welcomes little ones and their parents in his cottage.
Varázskert (Magic Garden) playhouse for kids in the middle of the square. Entry is free.TIP: See also our 2014 photo album on our Facebook page.
Enchanting Atmosphere When the Festive Lights Turn On at Dusk
Christmas Market & Other Festive Programs in Budapest
- Video on the Christmas Market at Vörösmarty Square
- Map, Getting There, Opening Hours
- Hotels in Budapest
- About the Christmas Market
- Food & Beverage Prices
- Christmas Eve Cruise with Dinner & Live Music
- More Christmas Markets
- at Liszt Ferenc Square, Distrcit VI.
- at St. Stephen’s Basilica
- in Fashion Street-Deák Ferenc utca
- Xmas Fair in Vajdahunyad Castle
- Advent Fair in Óbuda
Getting there: M1, M2, M3 metro lines Deák tér station (a short walk from there), M1 metro (yellow line) Vörösmarty tér station, tram 2 Vigadó tér stop (a couple of minutes walk form there), trams 47, 49 Deák tér stop
Date and Opening Hours
27. November 2015. – 01. January 2016.
Food & Beverage Stalls
Mon – Thurs
Fri – Sun
Mon – Thurs
Fri – Sun
27. November – 23. December
10.00 – 22.00
10.00 – 23.00
10.00 – 20.00
10.00 – 21.00
10.00 – 14.000
14.00 – 22.00
10.00 – 06.00
Advent Wreath in the middle of the square
TIP: to make your Christmas Shopping Trip to Budapest unforgettable take a boat tour with Dinner on the Danube. To make your stay even more fulfilling why not go to a festive classical music concert or see a Hungarian folk performance before the cruise on the Danube?
This way you have an evening full of programs, and you pay less for the two programs than you would if you paid for them separately.
NEW: Christmas Eve Cruise with Dinner & Live Music
Date: 24th and 25th December, at 19.00 (and at 22.00 on 25. Dec.)
Enjoy a wonderful boat tour with warm buffet dinner and live music on the Danube on Christmas Eve.Note: most restaurants in Budapest are closed in the evening on 24th December so if you wish to have a nice dinner on Xmas Eve then this program is ideal.
Lots of Tables to Have a Lunch Break
On this year’s Christmas Fair you can taste a wider selection of traditional Hungarian foods and cakes: e. g. stuffed cabbage, strudel, grilled sausages and meat, Christmas cookies, kürtös kalács (hollow, cylinder-shaped pastry from Transylvania in origin with different coatings: caramelized sugar, ground walnut, coconut or chocolate).
Making Kürtös Kalács
Look for the open kitchens set up around the Vörösmarty Statue to learn about some traditional culinary secrets:
- making strudel (stretching the pastry is a sight to see), or
- baking kürtös kalács – a cylinder shape pastry baked over open fire then coated in ground walnut, coconut, sugar, or chocolate.
Roasted Pork Knuckles
Try the bread pizza – called lepény – (a square shaped, flat bread baked in clay oven or traditional stove, topped with sour cream, bacon or sausage and cheese) if you do not want to have a full meal (it costs 900 HUF).
Food & Beverage Prices at the Budapest Christmas Fair
- 1 dl mulled wine costs 300 HUF
- Krampampuli is 300 HUF/dl
- Blackcurrant/Raspberry Punch: 500 HUF/dl
- Stuffed cabbage in bread: from 1 800 HUF/portion
- Transylvanian cabbage (Székelykáposzta): 1 200 HUF/portion
- Roasted goose thigh with potato: 2 400 HUF/portion
- Chicken paprikas with pasta or potato pie: 2 000 HUF/portion
- Grilled sausage: 500 HUF/10 dkg
- A slice of bread: 100 HUF
- Pickles: 500 HUF/portion
- Strudel: 600 HUF/piece
- Kürtös kalács: from: 800-900 HUF
Serving Bread Pizza
All Things Sausage, Ham, Salami & Cheese
Mulled wine, Krampampuli, Punch – all the fragrant winter beverages offered on any Christmas fair
Serving Stuffed Cabbage (at some stalls it is served in bread)
Sprinkle the loaf sugar with cane rum (around 0.5 litre). Light the alcoholic sugar then wait until all the alcohol content burns and the melted sugar drips in the bowl.
Then pour around 2 litres spicy mulled white wine, 1 liter tea, and the juice of two oranges and lemons into the bowl. Cheers!
One of the 6 Various Mugs of the Christmas Fair if you ask to have your drink in the mug you have to buy it, it costs 600 HUF
Besides mulled wine and krampampuli other alcoholic beverages are also available to warm you up: grog, craft cherry beer served warm, grog,
You can sip spicy mulled wine or other hot drinks from special mugs different in design every year. This year you can chose from two colors (red and white) and three designs:
More Christmas Mugs
Drinks For Children: Tea, Hot Chocolate, Hot Ginger
Beigli and Other Sweets
Strudel with various Fillings – a piece costs 600 HUF
The famous Gerbeaud Confectionery used to have an Advent Calendar in its windows. The pages turned over day by day, each day a decorated window opens at 17.00.
This year a spectacular light show called building mapping will be played on the wall the Gerbeaud House from 30th November till 23rd December every day at 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 and 20.00.
If you get tired of the bustle, have a cup of coffee with a delicious Hungarian cake in Gerbeaud Café.
Do you want to surprise your relatives and friends with something special at Christmas? The Fair is the best place to buy Exclusive Christmas Gifts:
- quality folk and applied art products,
- decorations made from traditional materials and with authentic techniques
All products are hand-made and selected by a professional jury (its members come from several organizations and funds) to guarantee their quality.
You can watch many cultural programs and listen to folk music while you’re looking for gifts.
As in previous years a small Bethlehem will come alive on the square with a crib and live animals. You can take part in a Christmas tree decorating competition, as well.
Besides the 15-m high Christmas fir, the light of the Flame of Peace brought by scouts from the Church of Nativity in Betlehem greets visitors of the festive market.
In the Advent period a new candle will be lighted every weekend till Christmas to mark the approach of the holiday.
Santa Claus is Coming
Santa Claus welcomes children on 6th December.
Joulupukki, the real Santa from Finland, awaits kids from 13.00 till 14.00 in his little cottage at the stage in front of the Gerbeaud Cafe.
The Budapest Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty tér is one of our favourite event in winter.
Even if I don’t intend to buy anything, I like to stroll among the stalls, have a glass of mulled wine and view some of the cultural programs on the outdoor stage.
I usually end up buying something special for one of my loved ones.
St Stephen’s Square, Deák Ferenc Utca (Fashion Str.), Vajdahunyad Castle, in Óbuda and other venues.
The city centre has a few other festive markets during the Christmas holiday period.
The one in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica was first organised in 2011.
A slender 8 m high Christmas tree, tasty nibbles, a free ice-skating rink and a wide range of gifts are the main attractions of this Xmas bazaar.
The event starts on the last weekend of November and welcomes visitors till 01. January 2016.
The Picanter deli shop next to the tree offers delicious food to nibble on the spot or a selection of cheese, sausages and salamis to take home.
There are also kürtös kalács, strudels, mangalica products (mangalica is a unique breed of pig indigenous to Hungary) and a variety of other souvenirs to choose from.
The street is packed with big name designer shops: Furla, Massimo Dutti, Boss, Nanushka, Mexx, Lacoste so you have lots of shopping options.
The street ends with a Starbucks cafe if you wish to have a hot cup of Gingerbread latte.
Venue: Vajdahunyad Castle-Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, City Park, district XIII., M1 metro (yellow line) Széchenyi fürdő stop, tram 1, trolleybuses No. 70, 72, 75, 79
The charming castle offers two programs during the Advent season where you can learn about Hungarian Christmas customs and food:
- 13. December, Friday – Luca Day Adventure Opening hours: 10.00-16.00, Tickets: adult: 1 100 HUF, children and elderly: 550 HUF.
- 13th December is Luca Day in Hungary (in honour of Saint Luca) ) and several traditions and superstitions are related to the day (weather predictions, love magic, or making the so-called Luca chair to spot witches from the top of it during the Christmas mass) that you can learn about and try now in the Museum of Agriculture.
- 20. December, Friday – Preparing or Christmas: Opening hours: 10.00-16.00, Tickets: adult: 1 100 HUF, children and elderly: 550 HUF.
Festive quizzes, Christmas flavours and scents, baking honey cake, making Christmas ornaments in the craft corner, pumpkin exhibition and other programs.
More Festive Markets in December 2015.
You’ll find similar Holiday Markets at Liszt Ferenc tér (Pest, near Oktogon) or at Nyugati tér, (Grand Boulevard, M2 line, trams No.4, 6) but this one at Vörösmarty Square represents the sort of Advent atmosphere that we most long for.
See our full overview of Christmas Markets in Budapest.
Preparing For Christmas – More Festive Events in Budapest
Here are some of the coolest Xmas programs taking place during the weeks preceding the holiday.
Even the trams take on a dazzling holiday costume in December 2014. – not all of them only tram 2 (runs in Pest along the Danube riverbank and 19 (in Buda between Batthyány tér and Kelenföld Train Station).
See timetables of the two Christmas Trams in Budapest in 2014.
Advent in Óbuda, 29. November – 21. December 2015.
Venue: Fő tér (Main Square),
- By tram 1 and get off at Szentlélek tér stop
- By M3, blue metro, get off at Árpád híd station, from there take tram 1
- By Suburban Railway H5 from Batthyány Square (M2 red, metro), get off at Szentlélek tér
The Main Square of Óbuda hosts festive programs on the four weekends of Advent: concerts, puppet shows, ice rink, and folk craft market offer entertainment for the whole family.
The ice rink is open between 29 November 2014.and 01. february 2015. from 8.00 to 22.00 every day. Entry is free. Renting of skates is available.
A tall Christmas tree and the life-size Betlehem create a special pre-Christmas atmosphere.
Tickets: entry is free but visitors have to purchase a mug for 500 HUF to be able to sip mulled wine or hot tea and taste the culinary delicacies. All concerts, performances and the ice rink are free.
More information: Advent in Óbuda