Budapest is an incredibly magical place during winter. In early November the inner city lights up with millions of little LED lights setting the scene for a magical festive season. The aroma of mulled wine and hot chimney cake fills the crisp air whilst the city slowly turns into a fairy tale Winter Wonderland.
Visiting Hungary in December is the perfect choice for everyone who would like to get into the festive mood and enjoy the local’s favourite Christmas markets. An endless selection of street food, mulled wine and chimney cake awaits to offer the very best of the famous Budapest winter.
Here are two of my favourite markets you will absolutely love.
Start with the most famous: Vörösmarty Square Christmas market
Tempting aromas, festive glow, all the wonderful sounds of the season and delicious treats. The Vörösmarty Square Christmas market is the richest and oldest of all. The beautifully decorated stalls offer local crafts and little gifts whilst the food market treats you with a real feast until 1st January 2019. The market is set around a colourfully decorated Christmas tree that is decorated with different colours each year. From gulash to grilled sausages there is an endless selection of traditional street food to enjoy.
The market is free to visit and it is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm.
Special opening hours apply on the following days:
Dec 24: 10:00 – 14:00
Dec 25: 10:00 – 18:00
Dec 26: 10:00 – 18:00
Dec 31: 10:00 – 22:00
Jan 1: 14:00 – 22:00
Location: Vörösmarty tér, district V., M1 underground (yellow line), M1, M2, M3 metro lines: Deák tér station or tram 2 Széchenyi tér stop: a couple of minutes walk from both stops.
In 2018 the St Stephen’s Basilica market is the second best Christmas market in Europe
Set in the most stunning part of Budapest, St Stephen’s Basilica’s
Christmas Market has been voted the second best Christmas market in Europe in 2018.
At half past 5 from Monday to Sunday gorgeous 3D festive lights are projected on the astonishing building of St Stephen’s Basilica. The light show and the accompanying melodies are the absolute highlight of the market. Special 3D glasses with which you can view the animation are available on the market however the show can be enjoyed without wearing the glasses as well. Loose yourself in a mug of mulled wine alongside the roasted chestnut and warm, hearty street food and enjoy the lights and the true Hungarian flavours. Wear lots of layers and don’t forget your gloves, it gets pretty cold out there. If you fancy getting active a little, a tiny ice rink is also part of the market.
The market opened on 23rd November and remains open until 1st January 2019. Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 22:00,
Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 22:00,
December 24.: 10:00 – 14:00
December 31.: 10:00 – 22:00]