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Christmas Markets in Budapest

By Viator, November 2016

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While temperatures may be low, Budapest's holiday spirit is at an all-time high with traditional Christmas markets taking over the city's streets and parks, and several markets opening for business from mid-November until well after the New Year. Twinkling Christmas lights across Andrássy Boulevard and intricate Nativity scenes in churches around town deck the city in holiday atmosphere, as do its many markets, found outside St Stephen’s Basilica, on Franz Liszt Square, in Gozsdu Courtyard, on Deák Ferenc utca, and at Vajdahunyad Castle in City Park.

The main show stopper is the bustling Christmas market in Vörösmarty Square, where more than 120 stalls sell traditional holiday gifts, such as Christmas baubles, handmade wooden puppets, hand-painted ceramics, scented candles, and delicate flowery embroidered waistcoats and tablecloths from the town of Kalocsa in southern Hungary. With gaily-wrapped szaloncukor (chocolate-coated Christmas bonbons), a giant advent wreath in the kids’ Varázskert (Magic Garden), and an annual appearance from St Nicholas himself, there's plenty to amuse the kids, as well. Don't miss out on the ceremonial opening of the advent calendar outside Café Gerbeaud, taking place at 5pm daily and accompanied by a light show, carol singing, and open-air concerts.

Each with their own decorative Christmas trees and wooden chalet-style stands, the legendary Christmas markets are a must-see holiday attraction—but they can get crowded. Festive concerts, family-friendly puppet shows, and traditional delicacies render the markets a great way to learn about Hungarian Christmas traditions, but it is highly recommended to visit via guided tour. A walking tour of the city's Christmas splendor allows you to visit the markets and sample the best of Hungarian wine and food, without the stress of navigating through the crowds. Try roast goose, lángos (fried bread topped with melted sour cream and cheese), strudel, and hot chocolate spiced with pálinka (Hungarian fruit brandy), before a final visit to Vörösmarty Square for last-minute gifts and a glass of heartening, spicy mulled wine.

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