1 December 2019

Christmas Markets

This is the fourth time the colourful Christmas fair can be visited on St. Stephen's Square in front of the Basilica open until January 1. In addition to the fragrant Christmas delicacies, one can enjoy a unique visual experience by occasionally looking up at the monumental facade of the temple covered with fairy tale Christmas light painting. The cosy chalets also feature works by contemporary artists, who have reimagined their craft traditions. Colourful programs and events put us in the holiday spirit, among others folk dancing events and a candle lighting ceremony on Sundays will all make the anticipation of Christmas joyous/festive. For children under 14 the ice rink is free of charge. The gastronomic selection of the Christmas Market is also unique. Food vendors take great care to delight vegan, paleo, diabetic guests and visitors with food allergy with a wide range of delicious snacks. This year environmental awareness again plays a key role in organizing markets. During the event hot drinks are served exclusively in environmentally friendly double-walled paper cups.  Similar to last year the Market will be straw free and vendors are recommended the use easily degradable cutlery. With a short walk from the Basilica we arrive to the Budapest Advent and Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square, which is listed among the 10 most beautiful markets in Europe. Visitors can enjoy high quality products and trendy gastronomic specialties. To make the market high standard, a professional jury selects the high-quality souvenirs and handicrafts that manufacturers can offer. Traditional and re-imagined folk-art pieces, design products and last but not least a rich gastronomic offer can be found in the bustle. High-quality cultural and children's programs enrich the anticipation of Christmas.

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