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.
November 13, 2015 – Jan 6, 2016
the Crafts Market of the Budapest Christmas Market is open between Nov 13 and Dec 29, 2015. After that, only the Food stalls will remain open until January 6, 2016
Opening Hours of Christmas Market
Nov 13 – Dec 29: 10 am – 10 pm (craft & food stalls), except Dec 24-26 when the market closes earlier
Dec 24: 10 am – 3 pm (craft & food stalls)
Dec 25, 26: 10 am – 6 pm
Dec 27: 10 am – 11 pm
Dec 28 – Dec 30: 10 am – 10 pm (only Food Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
Dec 30 – Jan 6: 10 am – 10 pm (food stalls), except Jan 01 when the market opens later, 2pm – 10 pm (only Gastro Stalls open from Dec 29 onwards)
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?
The market is usually all through December, more specifically the Advent period. The date for 2015 has been set and updated : Nov 13, 2015 – Jan 6, 2016 (closed on Dec 25 & 26!)
The Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square takes place each year in November and December. In earlier years, the market opened in mid November (November 16 or so), but recently it opens only late November, the first weekend of Advent, and closes on December 31. The handmade gift stalls are only open until Dec 24, Christmas Eve until 2pm, then the market is closed on Dec 25 and Dec 26. From Dec 29 to Dec 31, only the gastro stalls remain open, the folk art and design stalls are only open until December 29.
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.
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.
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.
Free Concerts at the Christmas Market
There are many free entertainments at the market, several concerts late afternoon, even on weekdays. The music ranges from folk to jazz, often 2 stages are set to provide both music (in the two opposite corners of the market).
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’.