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The Christmas Market and Festival in Vajdahunyad Castle, the picturesque castle in the City Park, is one of the best Christmas events in Budapest, Hungary. The Christmas market is open in December (from Dec 1 to December 23).

Skating Rink by Vajdahunyad Castle

Skating Rink by Vajdahunyad Castle – Ben G Hancock

NOT SCHEDULED for 2015. You can visit the Christmas markets in Budapest that are scheduled regularly, like the Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market, the St Stephen’s Basilica Advent Market.

Nevertheless, Vajdahunyad Castle is well worth a visit, for several reasons, for its own merits, and for the beauty of its neighbourhood, the Ice Rink Palace in Budapest in the City Park, and the Szechenyi Bath, both of which are within walking distance.

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2013 Budapest Christmas Market in Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest: the dates of the upcoming Budapest Christmas market in Vajdahunyad Vara have not been finalized yet, but in all probability the fair will be from December 1 2013 to December 23 2013. To get some insights about the Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Market, take a look at past events and their programs, e.g. 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle Xmas Market

Besides the stalls of the Xmas fair set up in the courtyard of the castle, you can see some lovely performances and hear Christmas concerts on the main stage of Vajdahunyad Castle by the Gothic Castle building. There are many Hungarian wine makers presenting their wines. Mulled wines are also available as well as traditional Hungarian foods (sometimes even Belgian beers and chocolates as the guest of the Vajdahunyad Christmas Fair is Belgium, like in the fair in 2012).

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest in winter

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest – Leon de Nemea Photography

Vajdahunyad Castle is conveniently located beside the big Budapest Ice Skate Rink and ToPart Palace (another smaller palace by the Ice Rink). Getting there by the M1 yellow metro is a breeze from the city center. Get off on Heroes’ Square and take a short 5 min walk following the towers of the castle.

Handcrafts at the Christmas Market

Old and skilled craftsmen as well as contemporary artists and designers sell their Christmas goods and gifts if you should be looking for some special Hungarian Christmas gift.

Christmas Market Opening Hours

The Christmas fair and festival in Vajdahunyad Var in Varosliget park of Budapest is open every day in December, from Dec 1 to Dec 23 (tentative dates, the final opening hours are usually set in November)

Opening Hours of the Christmas Market

  • Monday at the Christmas market: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Tuesday at the Christmas market: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Wednesday at the Christmas market: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Thursday at the Christmas market: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Friday at the Christmas market: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Saturday at the Christmas market: from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday at the Christmas market: from 10 am to 8 pm

Programs Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Market

Christmas Market and Christmas Concerts: take a stroll on the courtyard of the Castle to see some traditional handmade crafts and modern Xmas designs, grab a mug of mulled wine and enjoy the music of the fair: Gospel singers, Hungarian world music and folk bands, jazz musicians, kids bands, etc. are on the menu of the Christmas festival.

The heated Gingerbread House in the Baroque Hall of the Castle, the Book House, etc. offer warm refuge from the cold winter weather with many programs.

Live Bethlehem with real animals in the Christmas Pet Zoo of the Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest Christmas Fair is a real attraction for younger children.

Children and adults can have a nice time together in the kids arts and crafts workshops, making Christmas decorations and gingerbread cookies and decorations at the Christmas market of the Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle.

Youlupukki, the Finnish Santa Claus comes to visit children at the Vajdahunyad Castle. But Santa Claus can also lend its one horse sleigh to take you for a round in the City Park (Varosliget) and its many attractions: Szechenyi Baths, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Transport in Budapest, the Budapest Zoo, Anonymous Statue in Budapest, etc.

Advents Sunday Concerts in the Chapel of Jak (the smaller replica of the Church of Jak village) of the Vajdahunyad Castle: each Sunday during the Advent, from December 1 to Dec 23, you can listen to beautiful choir songs in the Sunday concerts. The venue is the chapel of the castle, which was modeled after the Romanesque style 13th century church of Jak village in medieval Hungary. Jak Chapel Sunday services are normally from spring to autumn on Sundays, but the Advent period is a special event series in Vajdahunyad Var Budapest.

Dec 15, Luca Day: when the Shepherds meet… The Day of Luca (officially on December 13) is a day surrounded by Hungarian Christmas rituals, old beliefs and strange traditions in Hungary. At the Vajdahunyad Castle, Luca Day will be dedicated to the Hungarian shepherds, and the traditional lifestyle and culture of Magyar shepherds on Dec 15, 2012. During the Christmas market, you can see the permanent and temporary exhibitions in the Vajdahunyad Castle, the residence of the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. See the Vajdahunyad Castle Exhibitions here, or more info about Vajdahunyad Castle Events

Related to Vajdahunyad Var Karacsony:

Winter Events Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest

Christmas Fair in Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle

February Furmint Wine Festival Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest

Carnival in Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle, the picturesque castle in the City Park, is organizing the Castle Christmas market from Dec 1 to December 23 in 2012. Christmas handcrafts, Christmas concerts and shows, mulled wines, traditional Hungarian street foods will all be on offer at the Christmas market

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest in winter

Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest – Leon de Nemea Photography

Christmas Market Opening Hours 2012

Opening Hours of the Christmas Market in December 2012

  • Monday: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Tuesday: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Wednesday: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Thursday: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Friday: from 12 pm (noon) to 8 pm
  • Saturday: from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday: from 10 am to 8 pm

Programs: 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Festival

 

Detailed Programs of the 2012 Christmas Market:

December 01 Saturday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
15:30 – 6 pm: Book shows in Hungarian on Vajdahunyad Stage
6 pm Concert: Zurgó Band

Dec 02 Sunday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
11:00 Advent concert in the chapel Jáki
11:00 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
15:00 Opening Ceremony
Ceremonial speech by dr. Mayor Francis Papcsák with:
St. Stephen’s High School of Art and Music fanfare
FourTunes ensemble
Concert: Gingerbread Castle 16:00 – Song Bird Band: Winter Hide and seek
17:00 Lighting the Advent Candles
17:30 Concert: Edes Male Trio Concert
19:00 Concert: Besh o droM world music

Dec 06 Thursday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
10:30 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
Santa Claus arrives at 12:00
Zoltan Papp performs 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
15:30 to 16:00 Literary show in Hungarian (selected works by Varga Domokos)
Santa Claus arrives at 16:00

Dec 07 Friday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle

3:00 pm to 4 pm Hungarian Book Show
3 pm  Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
16:00 Guest Youlupukki the Finnish Santa Claus, who
Santa’s House will give children and adults.
17:00 Youlupukki gives prizes to the winners of the “Száncsengõ” Drawing Competition
The awards were sponsored by the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden and the Magic Pencil Journal
19:00 Concert: Mystery Gang concert

Dec 08 Saturday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
11:00 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
3pm to 3:30 pm Hungarian Book Show
16:00 Hungarian Folk Dance Show: Moldovan music and dance
17:30 Hungarian Folk Dance Show: Esztergom Dance
19:00 Concert: Tamas Szabo & Mojo

Dec 09 Sunday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
11:00 Advent in the Jaki Chapel – Renczés Balazs concert cellist
11:00 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
15:00 Budajenő Szekely Play Society: God give you good evening!
16:00 Concert by Húrlekvár band
17:00 Lighting the Advent candles
17:30 Sun Moon Songs Band (HolddalaNap) – Up songs gardens
19:00 Concert: Húrlekvár band

December 13 Thursday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
10:30 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
3:00 p.m. to 4 pm Hungarian book show of Young Writers
Zoltan Papp performs 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

December 14 Friday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle

Home made jams at Vajdahunyad Christmas Fair

Home made jams at Vajdahunyad Christmas – Veronika Lajtavary Photo

10:30 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
16:00 to 5:00 p.m. Hungarian Book show
17:30 Concert: Bokros band’s album release concert
19:00 Concert: Mississippi Big Beat

December 15 Saturday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
11:00 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
12:00 to 20:00 daily Shepherd Luca Meeting
15:00 Podium Literary Association – Hungarian Book show
17:00 Concert by Magonc
18:30 Concert: English pipers and Tekerõsök Christmas concert

December 16 Sunday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
11:00 Advent in the Jaki Chapel – the PRESTO Chamber Orchestra Concert
11:00 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
16:00 Concert: Gryllus Vilmos: Christmas angels
17:00 Lighting the Advent Candles
18:00 Concert by Mentes Maskent Trio
18:30 Concert by Tamas Érdi concert pianist ( in the assembly hall of the Vajdahunyad Castle)
19:00 TukemO Katesz Balogh Roma dance and Dance Group

December 20 Thursday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
10:30 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
15:30 to 17:30 Hungarian book show and literary events
17:30 to 18:00 Zoltan Papp evening

December 21 Friday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
10:30 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
14:30 to 15:00 The Young Writers program and the Thomas Jozsa Guitar School Jubilee Concert
15:00 Plectrum Quartet: Classical music concert guitar, Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, and Monti Korsakov’s works
15:30 Tamas Jozsa Guitar School Christmas Concert
15:30 Tamas Jozsa Guitar School Christmas Concert
19:00 Jozsa Thomas Blues Band

December 22 Saturday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
11:00 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
16:00 Trotuş concert
17:30 Sic Transit Concert
18:30 Trotuş dance

December 23 Sunday, 2012 Vajdahunyad Castle
11:00 Advent in the Jaki Chapel – Petra Varga concert organist
11:00 Ginger-puppet tale of the Gingerbread House Palace
17:00 Lighting the Advent Candles
17:30 Advent Library Concert
19:00 Concert Vera Tóth and Gábor Sharp Trio

There are lots of things to do with kids in Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle at the Christmas Fair (shows the list of events, ranging from puppet shows to kids concerts):

 

Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas

Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Program 2012