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2018 dates announced for Budapest’s biggest Christmas Market

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Merrymakers are once again welcome at Vörösmarty tér, currently receiving a makeover to host the city’s most famous Yuletide bazaar this winter. Beginning on 9 November, chimney cake, mulled wine and handmade baubles will characterise this central square, home to the annual Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair. By then, Santa and his reindeer will have visited, bringing authentically crafted presents and souvenirs.

Wooden stalls offering handicrafts and demonstrations showing blacksmiths in action should be among the highlights around this modernised square, set to provide new facilities for the seasonal public, including a small parkland. This year, the festive fun starts on 9 November and runs all the way until New Year’s Day. The Christmas market set-up should be similar to events last year, when holiday-season merchandise offered by local vendors ranged from ceramic candle holders to honey and hats.

Photo: László Mudra / We Love Budapest

The gastronomy station is usually loaded with hearty wintertime treats, such as fried sausage, fish and the inevitable goulash offered in a big bun, where the soft bread part is carved out and the crust serves as a plate. Rolled Hungarian Christmas pastry beigli and fancy chimney cakes also feature. But many come here just to enjoy the mulled wine or a hot pálinka-based drink amid the jolly surroundings.