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Christmas Markets in Budapest

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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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Christmas Eve Dinner&Cruise on the DanubeChristmas

Christmas Eve Dinner&Cruise on the Danube

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Celebrate Christmas Eve in style this year during a Budapest cruise. Sail on the Danube River beneath the evening sky and see Budapest’s landmarks festively illuminated. Feast on a gourmet 4-course buffet dinner, featuring Hungarian classics such as stuffed cabbage, pork ribs, and dumplings, and listen to live gypsy music performed by Rajkó the Folk Orchestra. Three drinks are also included on this cruise.
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Budapest Christmas Market TourChristmas

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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Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Basilica visit & Wine TastingWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Basilica visit & Wine Tasting

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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. Then stop at a cellar for tastings of three local wines, such as the beloved Bull’s Blood and Tokaj. 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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Budapest Christmas Market & Food TourChristmas

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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Budapest Private City Tour and Christmas MarketsChristmas

Budapest Private City Tour and Christmas Markets

While in Budapest, check out this private city and Christmas markets tour that gives you a compelling look at the history and culture of the city. First hit the streets with your private guide taking in views of popular attractions of Hungary’s capital, and then make your way to at least three Christmas markets. Shop for gifts (own expense), admire the holiday-themed stalls, and enjoy the company of your group members during this private experience.
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Merry Markets Experience in Budapest with Wine TasingWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Merry Markets Experience in Budapest with Wine Tasing

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Capture the Christmas spirit on this 2.5-hour tour of Budapest’s festive scene. In the midst of the holiday season, you’ll discover Budapest’s Christmas markets, sip spiced mulled wine, and learn about Hungarian Christmas traditions. Visit top attractions such as St. Stephen’s Basilica, considered one of the country’s most beautiful Catholic churches, and sample traditional Christmas cake on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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New Year's Eve Gala Concert with Dinner and Ballroom PartyNew Years

New Year's Eve Gala Concert with Dinner and Ballroom Party

If you’ll be in Budapest on December 31st, celebrate in style at a New Year’s Eve gala concert with a 5-course dinner and a ticket to a ballroom party. At the Danube Palace, a downtown theater venue, listen to the Budapest Gala Orchestra perform the classical works of musicians like Johann Strauss in an elegant, 19th-century setting. Then, ring in 2018 at the party with an open bar.
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