Slowing down instead of rushing, real gifts instead of tacky ones, supporting Hungarian designers instead of forced spending. Smaller, artisan, and designer Christmas markets offer all this while you can get into a festive spirit, sample delicacies, and shop more sustainably. It's not easy to choose the best gift for your loved ones, but you've got all the help you need to make them happy. Let's see the best alternative Christmas markets in Budapest!


Advent at the Hungarian National Museum

The Hungarian National Museum celebrates the holidays with a colorful programme each weekend, featuring a folk art fair in the building, Christmas delicacies in the garden, and workshops for the little ones. 


Babka Deli Christmas Market and skating rink

Thanks to the cooperation of the 13th District Municipality, Attila Nemesvölgyi, and Babka Deli, the real Christmas spirit has arrived to Újlipótváros, as well. There is an ice rink where special gastronomic experiences are also offered, while a nearby shop features delicious surprises (such as babka and bejgli), a Christmas market, and other gastronomic activities. 

  • Date: 26 November – 31 December 2022.
  • Location: Babka Deli


Faur Zsófi Gallery

Purchase some small artworks as gifts from the artists of the Faur Zsófi Gallery at the art fair. Part of the Slow Xmas Shopping and Themed Streets of Budapest Christmas programme, this event is highly recommended for those who want to celebrate Christmas a bit more slowly and intimately. 

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Ajándék Terminál in Etele Plaza

For Christmas, Etele Plaza will be home to the pop-up shop of the Ajándék Terminál, where you can buy products from around 80 Hungarian designers. This one might be a little further away from the city centre, but with it focusing on sustainability and unique, small-series products, it is worth the trip.

  • Date: 26 November – 24 December 2022. 
  • Location: Etele Plaza


Design Fair at Várkert Bazár

If you're looking to offer a gift of real value this Christmas, you should visit the Advent Design Fair at the Várkert Bazár. Artistic works by popular and award-winning designers and masterpieces of Hungarian craftsmanship are on display, and you can also meet the creators themselves. Catch concert tickets here.

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Czakó Christmas Fair

The Czakó team contacted their favourite creators and organised one of the cutest Christmas markets in 2022. Featuring products by young Hungarian designers, live music, and mulled wine and Dampfnudel (steamed dumplings), courtesy of Czakó Kiosk, the Czakó Kert Christmas Fair will offer cool gifts, bejgli, and a Christmas tree, as well as exciting prints, graphics, scarves, and ceramics.

Date: 16 December 2022 (3 pm - 8 pm), then the weekly farmers' market is taking over on Saturday and Sunday
Location: Czakó Kert


Advent WAMP

On the last weekend of the Advent period, 130 artists will be showcasing their work at the WAMP Christmas Market. Although the entrance fee is HUF 500, this amount is deducted from your purchase at the WAMP workshops, which are also worth paying attention to, alongside the musical and gastronomic specialities. 

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Kiskertpiac - Plant and Natural Design Market

Kiskertpiac (Plant and Natural Design Market), a dog-friendly location, will be hosted at Anker Alley's craft beer bar, the Madhouse. The monthly event is all about plants and flowers, but this time the focus is on Christmas. They will be offering nature-friendly gifts and special food and drinks

  • Date: 18 December 2022 (10 am - 4 pm)
  • Location: Madhouse

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SHUK SHUK Design Fair – Christmas Edition 2022

SHUK SHUK design fair awaits you at the hall of Lumen café, with proper market vibes. The space will be filled with the products of Hungarian designers and visual artists. You can browse amazing local brands such as Kamay KonandivirágéknálMÁLNA jewelryLunoOlovka StudioCinci Ceramics, and many more.

  • Date: 17 December 2022 (11 am - 6 pm)
  • Location: Nagy Lumen

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Makers' Market

Makers' Market Budapest is a monthly fair, where you can get your hands on contemporary, artsy and designer products made by Hungarian designers. While at it, you can also have a chat with them and learn more about the items, which can also make a beautiful present for Christmas. Their upcoming event is on Sunday at Larus Rendezvényközpont (1124 Budapest, Csörsz utca 18/B). The Market awaits you with 60 super designers, acoustic concerts, and workshops.


Mazel Tov Hanu | Christmas Fair

Unwind, drink some wine and have a coffee at Mazel Tov in the run-up to the festive season. You'll find beautiful photos on the walls, a festive feast, a jazz concert, and a market with 12 artists' works.

  • Date: 17 December 2022 (12 pm - 6 pm)
  • Location: Mazel Tov

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ZUG Winter Fair

Get in the mood for Christmas with a friendly and intimate craft fair at the ZUG Workshop, where you're guaranteed to find the perfect gifts from more than ten local artists. 

  • Date: 16 December 2022 (3 pm - 7 pm)
  • Location: ZUG


Christmas market at the Montage

One of the newest places on Margit BoulevardMontage is also taking part in the Christmas preparations. They are hosting a fair over the last Advent weekend too, where you can buy gifts from 10 exhibitors. They will also be offering bejgli and homemade cakes. And while you're browsing, you can relax with super coffee and roasted chestnuts

  • Date: 17 December 2022 (from 1 pm)
  • Location: Montage