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Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market Budapest

Every year the Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square awaits guests with Free Concerts and Performances from Nov until Jan: folk, jazz, rock, world music and other genres entertain the visitors of the Budapest Christmas market. Take a stroll, enjoy the free concerts in the background (or at the front dancing), have a mug of mulled wine in your hand and take in the heart-warming lights. And let’s not forget: do taste some Christmas delicacies like the Chimney Cake. Programs are various and colourful from Kids Puppetries to Blues, Soul or Folk performances.

2019 Free Concerts at the Budapest Christmas Market

11 Nov 2016

Dynamite Dudes

Dynamite Dudes Budapest Christmas Market

17:00 Folka Moka Folk band Christmas Concert
18:00 Csangallo Folk band Christmas Concert
19:00 Dynamite Dudes Street Band Christmas Concert
20:00 Budapest Show Choir Christmas Concert

12 Nov 2016

11:00 Opening
12:00 Tarsoly band, Lesko-Dely Tercia and Lesko Gábor folk band Christmas Concert
13:00 Mongoose Limit Pop Band Christmas Concert
14:00 Versi Varsa  Folk Band Christmas Concert
16:00 Hangacsi Marton Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
17:00 Old Suba & Fender Music Band for Children Christmas Concert
18:00 Szombati-Stelli Acoustic Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Havay Viki and the Horsa Folk Band Christmas Concert
20:00 SoulFool Pop Band Christmas Concert

13 Nov 2016

Mono Mano Band Budapest Christmas Market

Mono Mano Band Budapest Christmas Market

10:00 Mono Mano Music Band for Children Christmas Concert
11:30 Reparetekmogyoro Music Duo for Children Christmas Concert
14:00 Bubabal, children dance house
16:00 Beatus Paszabi bell ensemble Christmas Concert
17:00 Muriel pop-rock-funk-reggie band Christmas Concert
18:00 Dobroda Authentic Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Silence Fiction Jazz & Pop Band Christmas Concert

18 Nov 2016

17:00 Marthy Barna Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
18:00 Gauditorium Authentic Music Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Erdofu Authentic Music Band Christmas Concert
20:00 Kodachrome Guitar Duo Christmas Concert

19 Nov 2016

Maszk Puppet-show Budapest Christmas Market

Maszk Puppet-show Budapest Christmas Market

10:00 MASZK puppet-show
11:30 Fantaziamalom
14:00 Palanta
17:00 Mirna band Christmas Concert
18:00 Eszterlanc band Christmas Concert
19:00 Voice Drops vocal ensemble Christmas Concert
20:00 Swing a’la Django Christmas Concert

20 Nov 2016

10:00 Bartha Toni’s puppet-show
11:30 Marcipan Cica
14:00 Porteka theater
16:00 Beatus paszabi bell ensemble Christmas Concert
17:00 Szeder sanzon Christmas Concert
18:00 Dynamite Dudes Street Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Bacso band Christmas Concert

25 Nov 2016

Miklos Kornyei Guitarist Budapest Christmas Market

Miklos Kornyei Guitarist Budapest Christmas Market

16:00 Miklos Kornyei Guitarist Christmas Concert
17:00 Szeder band Christmas Concert
18:00 Hangacsi Marton Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
19:00 Kodachrome Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
20:00 Dromara band Christmas Concert

26 Nov 2016

10:00 Reparetekmogyoro Children Music Duo Christmas Concert
11:30 Marcipan Cica
14:00 Porteka theater
17:00 Bogdan Norbert Christmas Concert
18:00 Szombati-Stelli Acoustic Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Havay Viki and the Fakutya Folk Band Christmas Concert
20:00 Intermezzo Christmas Concert

27 Nov 2016

Dobroda Band Budapest Christmas Market

Dobroda Band Budapest Christmas Market

10:00 Mono Mano Children Music Band Christmas Concert
11:30 Versi Varsa Folk Band Christmas Concert
14:00 Bubabal children dance house
15:00 Beatus paszabi bell ensemble Christmas Concert
16:00 Advent Candle lighting, Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Red Cross Cantarini
17:00 Innergarden Christmas Concert
18:00 Dobroda Authentic Band Christmas Concert
19:00 SoulFool Pop Band Christmas Concert

02 Dec 2016

17:00 Jonas Vera Christmas Concert
18:00 Folka Moka band Christmas Concert
19:00 Horvath Balint and Petruska Christmas Concert
20:00 Pillanatmuvek Christmas Concert

03 Dec 2016

Bartha Toni's Puppet-Show Budapest Christmas Market

Bartha Toni’s Puppet-Show Budapest Christmas Market

10:00 Bartha Toni’s puppet-show
11:30 Marcipan Cica
14:00 Reparetekmogyoro Children Music Duo Christmas Concert
17:00 Bacsó band Christmas Concert
18:00 Szombati-Stelli Acoustic Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Babarci Bulcsu Christmas Concert
20:00 Muriel pop-rock-funk-reggie band Christmas Concert

04 Dec 2016

10:00 MASZK puppet-show
11:30 Sun stage
14:00 Fantaziamalom
16:00 Advent Candle lighting, Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Red Cross Cantarini
17:00 Magyar-Kardos duo Christmas Concert
18:00 Eszterlanc Christmas Concert
19:00 Butterfly Effect Christmas Concert

05 Dec 2016

17:00 Folka Moka folk band Christmas Concert
18:00 Mirna band Christmas Concert
19:00 Budafolk Band Christmas Concert

06 Dec 2016

Budapest Show Choir

Budapest Show Choir

16:00 Joulupukki-Mikulas
17:00 Budapest Show Choir Christmas Concert
18:00 Pillanatmuvek Christmas Concert
19:00 Wendy DeWitt Duo Christmas Concert

07 Dec 2016

17:00 Silence Fiction Jazz & Pop Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Kodachrome Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Fortissimo band Christmas Concert

08 Dec 2016

17:00 Indian Joe Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Magyar-Kardos duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Innergarden Christmas Concert

09 Dec 2016

17:00 Erdofu Authentic Music Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Zara Trio Christmas Concert
19:00 Havay Viki and the Fakutya Folk Band Christmas Concert
20:00 Swing a’la Django Christmas Concert

10 Dec 2016

11:00 Nagykun Folk Dance Ensemble
14:00 Nagykun Folk Dance Ensemble
16:00 Halmos Fatime – Feher Elemer duo Christmas Concert
17:00 Marthy Barna Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
18:00 Csangallo Christmas Concert
19:00 PetraNoraMusic Christmas Concert
20:00 SoulFool Pop Band Christmas Concert

11 Dec 2016

Christmas Market Budapest

Christmas Market Budapest

10:00 Bartha Toni’s puppet show
11:30 Palanta
14:00 Bubabal children dance house
16:00 Advent Candle lighting, Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Red Cross Cantarini
17:00 Eles Gabor duo Christmas Concert
18:00 Dobroda Authentic Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Brass Show

12 Dec 2016

17:00 Szeder Sanzon Christmas Concert
18:00 Hajdu Klara Olah Krisztian Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Budafolk Band Christmas Concert

13 Dec 2016

Budapest Christmas Concert Stage

Budapest Christmas Concert Stage

17:00 Jazzation Christmas Concert
18:00 Petruska Christmas Concert
19:00 Eszterlanc band Christmas Concert

14 Dec 2016

17:00 Dynamite Dudes Street Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Jonas Vera Christmas Concert
19:00 Roma Hungaricum Christmas Concert

15 Dec 2016

17:00 Hangacsi Marton Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
18:00 Zara Trio Christmas Concert
19:00 Budapest Show Korus Christmas Concert

16 Dec 2016

Szeder Band Budapest Christmas Market

Szeder Band Budapest Christmas Market

17:00 Benko Zsolt Christmas Concert
18:00 Babarci Bulcsu Christmas Concert
19:00 Szeder band Christmas Concert
20:00 Dromara band Christmas Concert

17 Dec 2016

10:00 Reparetekmogyoro Children Music Duo Christmas Concert
11:30 Fantaziamalom
14:00 Palanta
16:00 Mongoose Limit Pop band Christmas Concert
17:00 Marthy Barna Guitar Artist Christmas Concert
18:00 Szombati-Stelli Acoustic Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Eles Gabor Duo Christmas Concert
20:00 Intermezzo band Christmas Concert

18 Dec 2016

10:00 Maszk puppet-show
11:30 Porteka theater
14:00 Versi Varsa Folk Band Christmas Concert
16:00 Advent Candle lighting, Mixed Choir of the Hungarian Red Cross Cantarini
17:00 Voice Drops Christmas Concert
18:00 Dobroda Authentic Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Brass Show

19 Dec 2016

16:00 Varga Oszkar and his band Christmas Concert
17:00 Folka Moka band Christmas Concert
18:00 Indian Joe Christmas Concert
19:00 Budafolk Band Christmas Concert

20 Dec 2016

17:00 Benko Zsolt Christmas Concert
18:00 Old Suba & Fender Children Music Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Dynamite Dudes Street Band Christmas Concert

21 Dec 2016

17:00 Szeder Sanzon Christmas Concert
18:00 Gauditorium Authentic Music Band Christmas Concert
19:00 Sarik Peter Trio Christmas Concert

22 Dec 2016

17:00 Mirna band Christmas Concert
18:00 Hajdu Klara Oláh Krisztián Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Havay Viki and the Fakutya Folk Band Christmas Concert

23 Dec 2016

Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market

17:00 Jonas Vera Christmas Concert
18:00 Bacso Banda Christmas Concert
19:00 Petruska Christmas Concert
20:00 Butterfly Effect Christmas Concert

24 Dec 2016

10:00 Bartha Toni’s puppet-show
11:30 Porteka theater Christmas Concert

25 Dec 2016

10:00 Versi Varsa Folk Band Christmas Concert
11:30 Fantaziamalom
14:00 Bubabal children dance house
17:00 Magyar-Kardos Duo Christmas Concert
18:00 Kodachrome Guitar Duo Christmas Concert
19:00 Harmonia Garden Christmas Concert

26 Dec 2016

17:00 Old Suba & Fender Children Music Band Christmas Concert
18:00 Fourtissimo Christmas Concert
19:00 Bekas band Christmas Concert

27 Dec 2016

17:00 Petruska Christmas Concert
18:00 Bekas band Christmas Concert
19:00 Instant Solution Christmas Concert

28 Dec 2016

17:00 Zara Trio Christmas Concert
18:00 Benkő Zsolt Christmas Concert
19:00 SoulFool Pop Band Christmas Concert

The 2015 Budapest Christmas Market in the city centre has opened its stalls in mid November 2015, awaiting the thousands of guests the market receives every year.

Budapest Christmas Market Advent on Vorosmarty Square TopBudapestOrg

Budapest Christmas Market Advent on Vorosmarty Square TopBudapestOrg

In fact, the Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square is only the first Advent Fair in a series, as further markets will open in the course of November (Nov 21, the Christmas Market on Varoshaza Square, Nov 27 the Christmas Market by the St Stephen’s Basilica).

Opening Hours of Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square 2015

Nov 13 – 15: 10 am – 11 pm
Nov 16 – 19: 10 am – 10 pm
Nov 20 – 22: 10 am – 11 pm
Nov 23 – 26: 10 am – 10 pm
Nov 27 – 29: 10 am – 11 pm
Nov 30 – Dec 3: 10 am – 10 pm
Dec 4 – 6: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 7 – 10: 10 am – 10 pm
Dec 11 – 13: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 14 – 17: 10 am – 10 pm
Dec 18 – 20: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 21 – 23: 10 am – 10 pm
Dec 24: 10 am – 3 pm
Dec 25 -26: 10 am – 6 pm
Dec 27: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 28 – Dec 30: 10 am – 10 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Dec 31: 10 am – 6 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Jan 1: 2pm – 10 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Jan 2 – 3: 10 am – 11 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Jan 4 – 6: 10 am – 10 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)

The Christmas Market, as usual, will feature over a hundred carefully selected crafts stalls representing the traditional and modern artisan crafts of Hungarian artists. Also, you can taste winter street foods, like Roasted Chestnuts, Langos Flatbread, Pork Knuckles, sweet and enticing Chimney Cakes, as well as traditional winter meals like stuffed cabbage, hearty goulash soup, which will keep you warm on the chillier autumn and winter days of the Christmas Market period, from November 13, 2015 to January 6, 2016.

Concerts at the Christmas Market

Concerts, shows will also be featured on the Budapest Christmas Market Stage near Cafe Gerbeaud. The music genres range from jazz, crossover, blues and soul to Hungarian folk music. The concerts of the Advent Fair are scheduled as follows:
Monday – Friday: 5 pm – 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 4 pm – 8pm

Children’s activities and entertainment at the Christmas Market will be at weekends. Puppet theatre, Dance and Music Shows for Kids are accompanied with handcrafts workshops (basket weaving, beadwork, felt making & decoration, gingerbread making, etc.) in the Hut called Hutte set up on the market square from Dec 4, 2015.
Sat – Sun: 11 am – 4 pm.

The city’s tourism program is the Budapest Winter Invitation with various cultural events and tours, as well as discounts for certain attractions in Budapest with the Budapest Cards.

Budapest Christmas Market Opening 2015 BFTK

Budapest Christmas Market Opening 2015 BFTK

Programs during the first weekend in 2015

November 13 Friday
17:00 Benkő Zsolt
18:00 Jónás Vera
19:00 Marhy Barna
20:00 What’s up Pussycat?

November 14 Saturday
11:00 Bartha Tóni Puppet Show: Paprika Jancsi
12:30 Seedling
15:00 Tarján Veronika – Mogyoró Kornél: Frog King
16:00 Bogoz Band
17:00 Szombati-Stelli Gitár Duo
18:00 Innergarden
19:00 Dynamite Dudes
20:00 Havay Viki and the Horsa Banda Band

November 15 Sunday
11:00 Réparetekmogyoró Duo
12:30 MASZK Puppet Show
15:00 Fantáziamalom Family Theatre
16:00 Eszetrlánc Band
17:00 Folka Móka
18:00 PillanatmŰhely
19:00 Dobroda Band

The Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square is often thought of as the single Christmas market in the city of Budapest, which luckily is not true. However, what is true is that the Xmas fair on Vörösmarty Square is the oldest, richest and the most spectacular of all the Christmas markets in Budapest.

Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market Budapest

Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market Budapest

2019 Dates
the Crafts Market of the Budapest Christmas Market is open between Nov 8 and Dec 29, 2019. After that, only the Food stalls will remain open until January 1, 2020.

Opening Hours of Christmas Market

2019 opening hours

Sunday to Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 9 pm (food stalls)
Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 10 pm (food stalls)
Dec 24: 10 am – 2 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 3 pm (food stalls)
Dec 25, 26: 12 pm – 6 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 6 pm (food stalls)
Dec 27: 10 am – 8 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 9 pm (food stalls)
Dec 28 – Dec 29: 10 am – 7 pm (handicraft shops), 10 am – 8 pm (food stalls) (only Food Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Dec 30 : 10 am – 10 pm (food stalls only)
Dec 31: 10 am – 4 pm (food stalls only)
Jan 1: 2 pm – 10 pm (food stalls only)

Indeed we ourselves get many of our Christmas gifts from the Christmas market on Vorosmarty Square, and then, holding onto our mulled wine in a festive gift mug, we just walk over to the Christmas fair on St Stephen’s Square, right in front of the Basilica to make sure that we get a chance to see all the lovely handmade gifts local Hungarians make keeping the old trades and traditions alive. Make sure to buy crafts until Dec 24 on Vorosmarty Square Christmas market as the craft stalls are only open during the Advent period (unlike on St Stephen’s Square at the Basilica Xmas Fair!)

When is the Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square, Budapest?

Christmas Market Vorosmarty Square, Budapest

Christmas Market Vorosmarty Square, Budapest (photo: BudapestInfo)

The market is usually all through December, more specifically the Advent period. The date for 2019 has been set and updated : Nov 8, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020

The Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square takes place each year in November and December. The handmade gift stalls are only open until Dec 24, Christmas Eve until 2pm. From Dec 29, only the gastro stalls remain open, the folk art and design stalls are only open until December 29. On Sundays at 4 pm: lightning the Advent Candle on the man sized Christmas Wreath, followed by Angelic Choir Songs.

Where is the Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market in Budapest?

Downtown, the Christmas market is in the best possible location in Budapest, in the heart of the city. The nice square is called Vorosmarty square, i.e. Vörösmarty tér in Hungarian.

Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market on Vorosmarty ter – Eszter Hargittai Photography

What is the Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square like?

First and foremost, the Christmas market on Vorosmarty ter is a delightful sensory experience: full of colours, festive sounds, and enticing smells. Like an old picture postcard from your grandmother’s age, when street foods and choirs singing were so natural. The festive market stalls are ready to open in mid November, and the square turns into an old folk tale with its dozens of buzzing wooden market stalls, the concert stage, thousands of handmade gifts, the lovely smell of cinnamon pastries (Kurtoskalacs – Chimney Cake), sausages, mulled wine, grilled vegetables, street snacks like Langos, dodolle (potato dumplings), etc.

The lights of the Xmas market are not the dazzling commercial mall lights, and you will not see hugely sized Santa Clauses either. The lights and decors are more toned down, which makes the fair sort of nostalgic.

Budapest Christmas Market Mulled Wine

Budapest Christmas Market Mulled Wine – TopBudapestOrg Photography

The nostalgia Christmas fair of Budapest will be both complemented and contrasted by the surrounding buildings on Vorosmarty square: while most buildings date back to the 19th century, like the popular Cafe Gerbeaud, there are also newer buildings. And what is new always reminds us that we are just visitors on a fairy tale Christmas island.

In the evenings, there will be festive light painting shows on Cafe Gerbeaud. The Christmas light painting on the facade of Cafe Gerbeaud is enchanting, puts you right into the middle of the Christmas story. In some years, Cafe Gerbeaud had a huge Advent calendar on its facade, but in the last few years, the concept has changed, favouring the laser ray painting.

Map of Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market

Map of Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market

Free Concerts at the Christmas Market

There are many free entertainments at the market, several concerts late afternoon, even on weekdays. Concerts are in a wide range of music genres: folk, jazz, crossover, indie, blues, soul and world music.

How do you say Vörösmarty tér in Hungarian?

The pronunciation of the Christmas square may seem too difficult at first time, but saying it 2-3 times out loud will make it super easy. Say: verr-ersh-mor-ty tay-r) Ö in Hungarian is always pronounced as the ‘ir’ in girl or Shirley, while É with an accent, is always pronounced as -ay- as in ray, say, but we do not say the ‘y’.