The annual Christmas Markets in Budapest are turning more and more popular, and starting earlier and earlier every year. The most famous of the Christmas markets is the one located at Vörösmarty Tér in the heart of Budapest, but there are also several others, and on this page you will find information on the different Christmas Markets.
Christmas Markets at Vörösmarty Tér
The most famous and popular Christmas market in Budapest is the fair located at Vörösmarty Tér (Vörösmarty square). This is located in the heart of Budapest, at the end stop of the yellow metro line sharing the name of the square, and in the end of the shopping street of Budapest, Váci Utca. Do not forget that all streets have two ends, and if you end up in the wrong end of the street you will find yourself walking inside the Grand Market Hall (not a bad place, but not the best if you would like to visit the Christmas market at the Vörösmarty square). If you live on the Buda side you can simply walk across the Chain Bridge, turn right and walk towards the white bridge (Elisabeth Bridge). As you reach the Vigadó tér, turn left and you will be at the Vörösmarty tér within seconds!
At this Christmas fair you will find traditional Hungarian handicraft, lots of delicious food which tastes extremely well as you feel the smell get into your nose and your stomach orders you to sit down to grab a bite. And yes, there are lots of benches and tables at the Christmas market at Vörösmarty square, which is one of the qualities making this one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. If you want some simple food then you should try the traditional Chimney cake with the cinnamon taste, yammi!
There are daily programs taking place at Vörösmarty square during the festival, and there are choir concerts, folklore performances, book reading, Santa Claus programs for children, workshops and other cool activities. You can find more detailed information about the program at the Christmas market itself as their are information stands at different locations. In general there are more things going on in the weekends on the main stage, but if you are lucky you can enjoy some great things also during weekdays. If you miss your advent calendar from home, you can see the daily turning of the Gerbeaud advent calendar at 17.00 from the Vörösmarty square.
Christmas Markets in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica
The newest Christmas market in Budapest is located in front of the Saint Stephens Basilica. This was opened for the first time in 2011, and it has an amazing atmosphere, great lights and you can make nice pictures standing on the stairs of the basilica. You can buy mostly the same stuff as on the Vörösmarty Square, but here you can also go ice skating as you can find a small ice skating rink in the middle of the Christmas market.
Other Christmas markets
There are some smaller markets located at different locations in Budapest. One of these can be found at Liszt Ferenc square (near Októgon). Another can be found in the Gozsdu Udvar, located inside the former Jewish ghetto of Budapest. Main entrance is from Király Utca. If you can not find it, ask some locals or write a comment to this article, and we will add a Google map showing you where to go!
There are also some new markets as of 2012 located other places in Budapest. One of these markets is located in the Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park. This has an amazing atmosphere located next to the giant ice skating rink and in the vicinity of the magical Vajdahunyad Castle. This is open until December 23rd (from December 1st). Another market is located at Fő square (near the Arpad bridge). This is also open from December 1st until December 23rd, and also this Christmas market has got a nice ice skating rink!
What weather can I expect in this period?
The Christmas markets normally open around November 20th and last until December 24th, and some even until January 1st-2nd. If you are lucky you can enjoy some sun and 5-10 Celsius during this period, but you should not be surprised if you experience some light snow and about 0 Celsius. Budapest normally has a very nice climate, but if the wind blows, make sure to bring a jacket, so as you prepare your stay, check whether it is supposed to be windy or not. The average temperature in December is about 1 Celsius.
Budapest Christmas Market dates 2013
November 27th -December 31st (Market at Vörösmarty square)
December 1st – December 31st (Market by St. Stephans Basilica)
Blog posts about Budapest Christmas markets
- Christmas market at Széll Kálmán Square December 4, 2013
- Christmas market at Kalvin square November 26, 2013
- Christmas activities in Budapest November 22, 2013