Budapest Basilica Christmas Market

The Christmas market on St Stephen’s Square is right in front of the beautiful St Stephen’s Basilica (St Istvan Bazilika), one of the tallest buildings on the Pest side of Budapest, and one of the biggest churches in Hungary.

Budapest Christmas Market Basilica

Budapest Christmas Market Basilica – photo by MPeti

The first Advent Fair by the St Stephen’s Basilica was held in 2011, organized by the National Association of Folk Artists. The skillful members of the Association of Hungarian Folk Artist are selling their unique and high quality traditional crafts (rated by the panel of the best Hungarian folk artists) in the wooden market stalls of the Basilica Christmas Market.

Entering the giant Advent gate, you will find yourself among a hundred handcrafts stalls, and a big skating rink set up on St Istvan Square (Szent István tér) in the heart of the city of Budapest.

Where is the Budapest Basilica Christmas Market?

Luckily, the location of the Basilica Christmas Fair is very close to the oldest and most well known Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square, so you can easily visit two of the biggest and most popular Xmas fairs of Budapest during the Christmas holidays.

When is the Budapest Basilica Christmas Market?

November 28, 2014 – January 1, 2015

The Budapest Basilica Xmas Market is in fact a winter festival, which starts in late November, and ends in the New Year. The Christmas Market by the St Stephen’s Basilica opened late November in 2011 (its very first year, started in 2011), a bit later than the fair on Vorosmarty Square (running since 1998).

St Stephens Basilica Budapest in December

St Stephens Basilica Budapest in December (Mishpan photography)

Similarly to 2011. in 2012 the St Stephen’s Basilica Xmas market will be open throughout December in 2012.

As for the daily opening Hours of the Christmas Market on St Stephen’s Square:

The Opening ceremony is on 30 November, 2014
Opening times between Dec 1 2014 and Jan 1, 2015:

Monday – Thursday: 11:30 – 20:00
Friday: 11:30 – 22:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00

Dec 24: 10:00 – 14:00
Dec 25: Closed
Dec 26: Closed
Dec 31: 10:00 – 16:00
Dec 27 – Jan 1: open as usual

Drinking mulled wine, eating some roasted chestnuts or filling Hungarian snacks attracts hundreds of thousands in Hungary and tourists from many countries.

Video Mapping – Christmas Laser Projection on the Basilica

Every half an hour, every day between 4.30 pm and 8 pm you can see the Basilica’s facade turning into a beautiful Christmas visual narrative.

Budapest Basilica Christmas Market Video Mapping

Budapest Basilica Christmas Market Video Mapping

Skating Rink at the Budapest Basilica Christmas Market

Enjoy the artificial skating rink right in the middle of the Christmas Market at the Basilica in Budapest downtown. Skating courses also available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The age range of the course is 4-14 year old children. The price is not a question: they may join the free skating training on the nicely decorated rink at the center of the market.

From 30th November, Friday from 2-8 pm, Saturday from 10-6 pm and Sunday from 10-13 pm.

Folk Dance at the Budapest Basilica Advent Market

Every Friday and Saturday from 5 pm (starting 29th of November), the Goncol Folk Dance Ensemble, who aim to keep traditions alive and show its beauty to each generation, will give twenty minute shows. They either improvise a ‘dance house’ that all the guests of the fair may join or surprise the audience by vivid flash mobs.
Do join the dancers to try your legs at Hungarian folk dance.

Budapest, the Perfect Christmas Destination

In fact, Budapest has often been chosen as one of the best Christmas destinations in Europe, and the Christmas markets are warmly recommended by many of the travel books about Europe and (Central) Eastern Europe.

St Stephens Basilica Budapest Candles

St Stephens Basilica Budapest Candles – Yellow Cat photography

Don’t worry, although some places are closed on Dec24-26, many places remain open, and many of the best places: restaurants, brunches, baths, sightseeing river cruises, etc. There is a lot to do in our cosmopolitan city.

You can be the part of this festive merriment. Come and visit Budapest and listen to the beautiful concerts in the Basilica (Advent Organ concerts, choirs, charity concerts, etc.). You can also attend the masses, light a candle, and be filled with the warmth of Christmas.

Past Christmas markets by the Basilica in Budapest

in 2011

In 2011, the St Stephen Christmas Market was open from Nov 27 to Jan 2. On weekdays, from Monday to Friday the market was open from 11 am, while on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 10 am.

The Advent fair closed at about 9-10 pm.

Budapest Christmas Fair Basilica

Budapest Christmas Fair at the Basilica


Budapest Christmas Market by St Stephens Cathedral

Budapest Christmas Market by St Stephens Cathedral


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