Budapest’s main Christmas market now open!


  • Zsófia Nagy

22/11/2021 9.45am

Budapest's oldest and most popular Christmas market on main Vörösmarty tér has just opened, lined with four dozen stalls laden with hand-crafted items and seasonal dishes. We sent our photographers there to capture the scenes.

At this year’s Budapest Christmas market, you can choose from works by some 50 craftsmen: textiles, leather goods, wooden items, jewellery and ceramics. See the complete list here. Those who are here were selected through a competition, having to provide photographs of their workshop

Photo: We Love Budapest

Highlights include the little doll's houses at Ezüsterdő Mesebolt, the tempting paper products of Bomo Art, Ginkgoside's organic jewellery, Shawl Bay’s wonderful hand-woven scarves, and Berényi Textil’s tablecloths and cloths sold by the yard. There are also plenty of smaller, tasteful gifts in the 1,500-5,000-forint category as well.

Photo: We Love Budapest

The traditional gastronomic offer includes chimney cake, roast chestnuts, lángos fried-dough snacks and other warming dishes to combat the cold. One of the innovations this year is the special family menu and a 1,500 forint one-course meal, along with a seasonal Christmas mug for hot drinks.

Payment for food by card only – those coming with cash can exchange it for Festipay cards, exchangeable on site. Artisans selling gifts and artefacts accept cash or card.

Photo: Hirling Bálint - We Love Budapest

Between 1 and 26 December, from 5pm onwards, a light show will be decorating the walls of the Gerbeaud café every half-hour, and there will be communal candle lighting on Advent weekends. Look out, too, for the three-metre-high angel and, on 5 December, Santa Claus coming all the way from Lapland.

Photo: We Love Budapest

Admission is with proof of vaccination only, either an Immunity Certificate issued in Hungary or an EU digital Covid card, along with ID. On its own, a negative Covid test is not valid. See specific details here.

Advent fair

Budapest Christmas market
1051 Budapest, Vörösmarty tér
Until 31 December
Open: Mon-Thur 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm 

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