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Advent & Winter Festival in Városháza Park, Downtown Budapest

November 17 - December 28

Advent festival in Varoshaza Park with the lights on at night

Location & Getting There:

Városháza Park, city centre (a 2-minute walk from Deák Ferenc metro station and tram termini: M1, M2, M3 underground lines, trams 47 and 49).

You can also get there by buses No. 9, 15, 105: get off at Deák F. tér stop.

Opening Hours

Craft Fair:

  • Sun – Thurs: 10.00 – 20.00,
  • Fri & Sat: 10.00 – 21.00,
  • 24. December: 10.00 – 14.00,
  • 25 – 26. December: 12.00 – 18.00

Entry: free exc. Charity Gala Events (500 or 1 000 HUF tickets)

The Advent and Winter Festival in Városháza park, located in Budapest’s city centre, welcomes visitors for the 5th time in 2017.

The 5-week festival usually starts around mid-November, on a Friday and is on till end of December.

It is a smaller event than the official Christmas fair of the city on Vörösmarty Square (10. Nov – 31. Dec) but offers similarly rich cultural and family programs for both locals and tourists.

See detailed program.

Green cardboard Xmas tree installations

The tallest Christmas tree of the city – of 16 m height – together with a giant Advent Wreath measuring 10 m in diameter will also stand here in Városháza Park.

The festival also hosts numerous charity events to raise money for various purposes.

On the Opening ceremony on Sunday at 17.00 the first candle will be lighted on the Advent wreath together with Budapest’s festive Christmas lighting.

Programs of the Winter Festival

Friday, 08. December, 2017

  • Swing a la Django – authentic Hugarian music combined with French manouche swing, chanson, tango and jazz

Saturday, 09. December, 2017

  • 11.00 – Awaiting Santa in Városháza park, concert by the Belvárosi Betyárok (Downtown Outlaws)
  • 19.00 – Folk on 45 – Hungarian folk songs and mainstream pop music

Sunday, 10. December

  • 11.00 – Christmas Around the World puppet show
  • 15.00 – Nativity Play with puppets
  • 17.00 – Lighting the 2nd candle on the Advent Wreath

Friday,  15. December

  • 19.00 – Oti Voice & Bass concert

Saturday, 16. December

  • 11.00 – Children’s Program – gala program from the children and family repertoire of the Pesti Magyar Színház

Sunday, 17. December

  • 11.00 – Interactive puppet show by the Aranygyapjú Társulat (Golden Fleece Company)
  • 15.00 – Nativity Play by the Fabarka Puppet Theatre
  • 17.00 – Lighting the 3rd candle on the Advent Wreath

Friday,  22. December

  • 19.00 – Cimbaliland concert – folk music combined with modern music styles

Saturday, 23. December

  • 11.00 – Folk eDÉNY – interactive folk music children’s program
  • 15.00 – Boquilla Negra Clarinet Band: Christmas Ragtime
  • 19.00 – Orsi Kozma Quartett – jazz concert

Sunday, 24. December

  • 11.00 – Pepinó Clown – Kids’ Program
  • 14.00 – Lighting the 4th candle on the Advent Wreath

See also the offcial website of the event!

TIP: The Christmas Market & Festival by Budapest Basilica is not far from Városháza park. It’s open from the last weekend of November 2017. A wide offer of food and drinks, cratf fair, concerts, light painting and ice-skating welcome visitors.

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Details

Start:
November 17
End:
December 28