Visiting the Christmas Markets in Budapest, Hungary

Monday, November 7, 2016



Is it too early to post something about Christmas? Maybe, but Budapest is gorgeous at Christmas, so I felt I had to share! I just booked my own winter excursion over the weekend (to Tallinn, Estonia), so it got me thinking that some of you may also be looking to book a winter trip. There is still time, and Budapest is one of the destinations that you might want to consider. The weather is reasonably mild and there really is a lot to do and see in the city.

This year (2016), the Budapest Christmas Festival runs from November 11 through January 6, so if you are still planning your winter travel and would like to see a cool Christmas market, let me suggest Budapest!

Locations and festivities:


There are numerous Christmas markets across Budapest, but the largest is in Vörösmarty Square. The St. Steven's Square Christmas market was also really nice, especially when you view the market from above when standing on the steps of St. Steven's Basilica. Another smaller Christmas market can be found in St. Istvan Square. A few snacks and craft sellers were also found scattered throughout the city, so it is worth it to explore outside of these three main areas.





At the Christmas markets:


Expect stalls and stalls of amazing spiced apple cider and hot mulled wine. I drank a ton of the apple cider. You'll also find trdelnik (those delicious chimney cakes!), cookies, and stalls bursting with all kinds of sweets. Our first night in Budapest, we opted for a fast dinner at the Christmas market and really enjoyed the thicker pizza bread. There were also heartier dishes including goulash, grilled meats, and roasted goose legs. Everything smelled and looked amazing.

An abundance of stalls sold the typical Christmas tchotkes, but there were a few stalls with some really neat Christmas ornaments. My favorite seller had ornaments made of natural items including wood and dried seed pods. We purchased a really nice little angel ornament made from a dried lotus seed capsule.






 You can read more about what else you can do in Budapest in the following articles:

More information about the opening and closing times of the markets can be found on Budapest By Locals.

19 comments:

  1. The confectionery at the Christmas market looks so festive! And I would love browsing through Christmas ornaments at a Christmas market. When I visited a Christmas market in Hokkaido, the ornaments were so elaborately crafted. I would never buy them (because my boys would probably break them), but it's such a joy even to just look at them. I feel kind of sad that we don't have winter in Singapore, but we do have a small Christmas market - complete with the lights but minus the cold. Really looking forward to that!

    Oh, I'm headed to Tallinn next summer - just for a short stopover as part of a cruise. Hopefully I can get some travel inspiration from your winter trip there!

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    1. I love Singapore and would love to see the city at Christmas. I hope you share photos on your blog!

      That is awesome that you'll be coming to Tallinn in the summer. I've visited Tallinn twice already and love it every time I visit. What do you hope to do and see during your trip? Will you only visit Tallinn or will you have time to visit other parts of the Baltics? Feel free to check out the posts I've written about Tallinn or email me if you have any questions!

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  2. Budapest is somewhere I'm dying to get back to but probably not in time for Christmas- I do need to find myself a good market though. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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  3. Budapest is somewhere I'm dying to get back to but probably not in time for Christmas- I do need to find myself a good market though. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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    1. Which market do you think you'll visit this year?

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  4. I have been wanting to go to Budapest since summer time and it has risen back up on my list of Christmas destinations! Thanks for the inspiration! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin #CityTripping

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    1. Fun! I hope that you do make it to Budapest this winter! It is pretty and wasn't nearly as cold as it is here in the Baltics.

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  5. I hadn't thought about going to Budapest for the Christmas markets...thanks for planting that idea and linking to #citytripping

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    1. Sorry to add another destination to your list! It was a fun place to spend Christmas though :)

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  6. I really enjoyed the markets there during Easter time this year so I'm sure the Christmas festival would be even more magical... I'm imagining similar to Prague. Central Europe really do their Christmas markets right!

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    1. I didn't even realize there were Easter markets -- I bet they would be wonderful!

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  7. Those dried seed pod tree decorations look pretty special - so delicate. Budapest must be a good place to go for markets, if there are several to choose from. Lovely, atmospheric post - thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids!

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    1. It was a wonderful place to see Christmas markets! We were afraid to pack up the decorations to bring home, but they did make it!

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  8. I'm so envious of all the beautiful European Christmas markets I am finding in my newsfeed, next year I really must attend for myself.

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    1. Do you have any nice Christmas markets or holiday festivities near you? Sometimes it is great to celebrate and explore new things in your area as well :)

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  9. It looks lovely, my Mum has been a few times and enjoys it #culturedkids

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    1. That is cool that your mom travels a lot! Do you get to travel together sometimes?

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  10. How exciting it is to visit shops in Budapest during winter holidays! Here are some additional ideas on what to do during Christmas: http://onlineclassmentor.com/blog/where-to-go-this-christmas-top-10-destinations - say what you've got to think.

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing! Christmas time in Budapest must be exciting and entertaining! To be honest, I didn't think about going to Budapest for the Christmas markets. Nevertheless, your post makes me to do so next year!

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