Budapest Christmas Market starts in mid November and is open until the end of December. If you should come to Budapest in winter time, and you still have not bought your Christmas presents, or just simply need some souvenirs of really good quality at a good price, Budapest Christmas Market will be an ideal place to grab a few gifts, and feel good on a chilly winter day. Enjoy Budapest at Christmas.
Budapest Christmas Market
“Alongside, landmark gooey cake temple the Gerbeaud coffeehouse offers an advent calendar façade as each window is lit day by day, and the panoramic Danube riverfront is close by. Set in Budapest’s main shopping hub, Vörösmarty tér is directly linked via the city’s vintage metro to Városliget, the city park, complete with skating rink and steaming Széchenyi Baths, both open-air. (Guardian)”
Gifts / Hungarian Souvenirs at Budapest Christmas Fair
You can buy authentic hand-crafted wooden boxes, mugs, beeswax candles, shoes, bags, belts, dolls, jewellery, toy trains, soap, Christmas decorations, clothes, tablecloths, musical instruments, wrought iron products, gloves, and so on and so forth.
The stallholders of the approx. 100 wooden pavilions on Vorosmarty square sell goods with the certificate of the Hungarian Society of Folk Arts & Crafts (i.e. the goods at Christmas Fair are hand-made authentic pieces).
The Hungarian handcrafts are not only beautiful and authentic, but apparently, these special gifts are affordable for western tourists.
In 2010 the Wallet Pop recommended Budapest Christmas Market as a No 1 destination, saying “Our top tip for Christmas markets in 2010 is Budapest, Hungary, as the Forint is offering UK shoppers 5.47% better value than it was this time last year, making it Europe’s hidden gem.”
Besides the handcrafted goods for sale, you can enjoy some open-air performances (at weekends), or just walk around with a mug of hot mulled wine or tea in your hand, and enjoy the pre-Christmas atmosphere and the beautiful 19th century architecture of Vorosmarty Square.
Opening Hours of Budapest Christmas Market
Budapest Christmas Market / Xmas Fair is open from 10 am to 8 pm from mid November till the end of December (closed on Dec 25 and Dec 26), but the Christmas Market in front of St Stephen Basilica could be open as long as Jan 2.
Foods and Drinks at Budapest Christmas Market
You can try some of the traditional spicy and sweet foods / snacks in Hungary, like the classic winter cylindrical pastry called Chimney Cake, in Hungarian Kürtőskalács (looks a tongue twister, right? Say ‘cur-tosh-col-arch’ to get this yummy dessert). Kurtoskalacs is also known as chimney cake – great to eat in the street.
Or there’s ‘Langos‘, a kind of sour dough ‘pizza’ topped with sour cream, cheese, bacon (and garlic too – but you can always have a word in what you want to have on your Langos).
Then there are all kinds of sausages, blood pudding, roasts, soups, stuffed cabbage rolls and more.
And let’s not forget about mulled wine, palinka (Hungarian fruit brandy), Jagermeister, Unicum etc.
How to Get to Budapest Christmas Market?
Budapest Christmas Market is absolutely in the city centre: there is one market on Vorosmarty square (Vörösmarty tér) and one in front of St Stephen Basilica, both in the 5th district of Budapest (District V on maps) and just 5 min walk from each other. Vorosmarty square is at the end of Vaci utca shopping street (pedestrian only zone), in the vicinity of Cafe Gerbeaud, the Gresham Palace, the Chain Bridge, etc.
There is a Vorosmarty ter metro station on the M1 (yellow line) metro, so you cannot miss it (make sure you get off at the terminal, Vorosmarty TER not Vorosmarty street, another station on the very same M1 metro lin). By the way, the underground was the first metro built in 1896 in continental Europe.
You can also take tram number 2, which is running along the river Danube on the Pest side of the city (the best alternative for a hop on hop off tour in downtown Budapest).
Budapest Christmas Holiday tips
- Things to do in December in Budapest
- Budapest Events in December
- Budapest Events in November
- Things to do in November in Budapest
Video of Budapest Christmas Market
Attractions by Budapest Christmas Fair
This outstanding Hungarian Christmas Fair is within walking distance to the following major Budapest attractions:
- Gresham Palace (Four Seasons Luxury Hotel) is one of the nicest examples of Art Nouveau architecture by the Chain Bridge. The river Danube is just two streets away from Vorosmarty Square, so you can take picturesque photos of the Buda Castle and Gellert Hill too.
- Gerbeaud Restaurant and Cafe (beautiful old building with very nice – although expensive – pastries)
- Vigado Concert Hall (Pesti Vigado)
- Onyx Restaurant (Michelin 1 star)
- some of the Budapest Art Nouveau buildings in Vaci street like the Florist shop
More photos: please see our Budapest Christmas Market photo gallery on Flickr.