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Christmas Market By Budapest Basilica

November 24, 2017 @ 11:30 am - January 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

The Christmas Market and Advent Feast by the Basilica of Budapest is one of the most popular holiday-welcoming event in the city.

front view of the Basilica at night with a red-lighted Christmas tree on the squareThe most prestigious church of the country lends a fitting backdrop to the festival that starts on 24. November 2017.

NEW in 2017: This year visitors will be treated to a new, even more spectacular 3D visual show projected on the front of the Basilica every day after sunset. The speacial glasses with wich you can view the animation are available on the market. The show can be enjoyed without wearing 3D glasses.

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On top of the ample choice of food and drinks,

  • a nice selection of quality, handmade products
  • an ice rink,
  • light paining in the evenings and
  • a diverse program of concerts, folk show promise a fun a time for everyone.

Location, Address:

Szent István tér Budapest 1051

Getting there:

  • tram 2 Széchenyi István tér (Chain Bridge),
  • M1, M2, M3 (replacement buses due to the blue  line’s recosntruction) metro lines, Deák F. tér station

It’s the square sprawling in front of the Basilica right in the centre of Budapest. Cafes and restaurants are abound in the area.

TIP: Szt. István Square is just a short walk – 800 m/10 min – from Vörösmarty Square, the location of the main Christmas Market, so you can combine visiting the two events.

Opening Hours

Date: 24. November  2017 – 02. January 2018.

Opening hours:

  • Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 22:00,
  • Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 22:00,
  • December 31.: 10:00 – 22:00

Ice Rink

The small – 200 sqm –  rink is a source of great fun for all ages. It’s free to use for children up to age 14. Free skate rental is also available for kids.

Free ice skating training for children aged 4 – 14 yr – On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 14.00 – 20.00.

Programs 2017

This year’s detailed program schedule will be published soon.

  • 3D Light painting on the Basilica with music – daily every half hour between 16.30 – 22.00. A visual treat to the eye: colourful 3D animations, festive holiday and religious scenes come alive on the facade of the church.
  • Folk Dance Performance & Dance House by the Göncöl Enseble, Fridays and Saturday at 17.00 – 17.30. View the dazzling show of the local folk dance group and join them to learn the traditional dance steps if you feel like.
  • Lighting a candle on the Advent Wreath – every Sunday, at 16.00 – 17.00. The 1st candle will be lighted on 03. December between 16.00 – 18.00 during the festive Opening Ceremony of the Advent fair.

Food & Drinks at the Christmas Market

The country’s best food trucks and street food vendors offer delicious food.

The offer includes:

  • Lángos – a yeast-based dough deep fried in oil –  with various toppings (sour cream and cheese is the most popular)
  • chimney cake – the iconic cylinder shape pastry resembling a chimney can be found at every festival. Here at the Basilica you can taste the salted version on top of the traditional flavours (vanilla, cinnamon, coco flakes, cocoa, walnut)
  • donuts,
  • roasted sausages, BBQ meats
  • stuffed cabbage and
  • goulash, and
  • gluten free dishes

You can warm up with a galss of hot mulled wine, tea and coffee. If you’re diabetic or simply do not eat sugar the good news is that sugarfree mulled wine will be available.

If you don’t mind a cold drink you can choose from

  • all kinds of spirits (Unicum, Vodka, Whiskey etc.) and of course the local specialty: pálinka – fruit distillate),
  • craft beer and
  • local wines.

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Details

Start:
November 24 @ 11:30 am
End:
January 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm