Must Visit Budapest Christmas Market 2019 : Things To do, Dates, Time and Venue
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It’s that time of the year again, time for decoration on the trees with colourful lights, time for gifts and sharing, time to build a snowman, sharing love and joy, it’s time for Christmas again. If you are living in Budapest or happen to travel during this period, you are in luck. Christmas spirit sparkles in this city like no other. Moreover, Budapest Christmas Market 2019, is among the most affordable Christmas Markets of Europe.
The whole city is adorned with beautiful lights and decorations, giving new life to snow covered buildings, streets, and avenues. What makes Budapest Christmas Markets so special, is the extra efforts taken by them to keep Hungarian traditions alive. They thrive on serving best Hungarian food, drinks, displaying local handicrafts and art.
In this article you will get to know everything about the two most popular and prettiest Budapest Christmas Markets 2019 : Vorosmarty & St. Stephen’s Basilica Market
Largest Christmas Market : Vorosmarty square
This is the largest and probably the most popular Christmas market of Budapest. Located on Vorosmarty square in the heart of the capital just opposite Gerbeaud Coffee House.
This market is characterised by more than 100 of wooden stalls, with decorations around a charming Christmas tree. Beside food stalls and vendors, you can also enjoy live music, Christmas concerts and dance shows.
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So if you are looking to get immersed in typical Christmas atmosphere with a scent of fir trees in the air, ozzingly delicious Christmas cookies, sipping mulled wine and cinnamon, you must go to Vorosmarty Christmas Market.
Location: 1051 Budapest, Vörösmarty square
Christmas market hours: Sunday – Thursday from 10:00a.m. to 8:00p.m., and Friday – Saturday from 10:00a.m. to 9:00p.m.
Dates: 8 November 2019 – 1 January 2020
Must Try Traditional Local Delicacies: Lángos, Hot chocolate, Mulled wine, Spit cake (with Cinnamon or Nutella), Plum juice with cinnamon, Sekler Cake, Strudels, Flódni ( a layered jewish cake with poppy seeds, walnuts and plum jam) and Roasted chestnuts. If not all, you must try at-least one of these delicacies. True magic of Christmas is in great food after-all.
Prettiest Christmas Market : St. Stephen’s Basilica Market
Located in front of Budapest’s largest cathedral is another popular Christmas market. Though it is smaller than Vorosmarty fair, but is definitely more cozier and prettier. It’s not very far from Vorosmarty, thus both could be enjoyed easily on the same day.
This Christmas market has a 200m ice skating rink and a huge beautifully lit Christmas tree in the centre. Apart from delicious Hungarian food and drinks, you can also enjoy 3D light show, displayed on the facade of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The show takes place several times in the evening, from November 22 through January 1.
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Location: 1051 Budapest, Szent István square
Christmas Market Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00a.m. – 8:00p.m., Friday to Sunday from 10:00a.m. – 10:00p.m.
Dates: 22 November 2019 – 1 January 2020
Must Try Traditional Local Delicacies: Square-shaped donuts at The Box Donut Shop, Sandwiches, Pancakes, Soups, lángos, Christmas sweets, Strawberry wine and Pálinka.
You can also enjoy most popular Christmas markets on a walking tour along with a local while taste some awesome mulled wine and Hungarian food. Details Here.
More Fun Things To Do During Christmas In Budapest
- Travel on a Christmas decorated Tram
This is a must to do experience if you are in Budapest during Christmas- New years period. Every-year BKV decorates few trams with 40 thousand LED lights to celebrate festive spirit of the season. You can board these trams at any spot along the Danube. Best part, you don’t have to pay anything extra. Ticket prices are the same as normal trams.
- Take a dip in Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Yes I know its winter but nothing speaks more Hungarian than traditional thermal baths. Just imagine open air pool, in the middle of a city, steam rising from the water, with snow around you. It’s magical ! Any trip to Budapest will be incomplete without going to at-least one of the thermal baths. I will recommend Széchenyi as it is the biggest and have many outdoor pools.
- Skate on the Municipal Park ice rink (city park)
Next to the Széchenyi baths is the Municipal Park ice rink. It is the largest and one of the oldest ice skating rink of Europe. Surrounded by beautiful architecture, this city rink is a perfect spot for some great holiday pictures.
Looking for Other Fun Things To Do In Budapest During Christmas ?
- Enjoy a Christmas Gala Concert along with a traditional Hungarian food at dinner cruise along the Danube. Details Here.
- Staying in Budapest for New Year? Why not celebrate with a dinner and party cruise along the River Danube. Details Here.
Have a beautiful time in Budapest ! Here’s to a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year !!!!
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