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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 2018. 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.


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

One of the most widespread and long running charity events in Budapest is called the Budapest Santa Claus Factory (in Hungarian: Mikulasgyar, where Mikulas comes from the word Nikolaus).

Budapest Christmas Charity

Budapest Christmas Charity on Vorosmarty Sq: Mikulasgyar

There are many people who visit the gift spots of the Santa Claus Factory to donate gifts for poor children in Hungary and in Hungarian communities outside the border of Hungary. Besides giving gifts, you can also enjoy some nice concerts and Christmas shows.

In Budapest you can also find several factories set up. Please donate, or join the enthusiastic volunteers of the Mikulasgyar communities (many of them comes from abroad to help). It is also fun to visit the factories with your children who will like sending gifts. :)

How to donate: you can buy pre-packed Christmas gifts for children who live in poverty. The Christmas goodies include: sweets, mug, puzzle, pencil. You can also donate your unwanted items suitable for children (no need to wrap them up).

Santa Claus Factories in Budapest

Official website of Mikulasgyar here.

Programs of the Santa Claus Factory in Budapest

There are more venues, so please check the venue to be at the right place and the right time for the Christmas charity concerts. The genre of the songs ranges from pop, rock to folk music.

56-osok tere (Felvonulási tér)

2012th December 6 (Thursday)
11:30 to 12:00 Fairy Factory
19:00 to 19:30 Percussion Ensemble Talamo
20:00 to 20:30 Tamas Somlo concert
2012th December 7 (Friday)
Mario 19:00 to 19:30
· Anita 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
· Thomas Palcsó 20:00 to 20:30

2012th December 8 (Saturday)
10:00 to 11:00 Mono Mano Band and Santa Claus
11:00 to 11:30 ·  Maya Mano
11:30 to 12:30 Palanta Mission ·
13:00 to 13:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
13:30 to 14:00 Gaspar Győző
15:00 to 15:30 ·  Wild Buffalo
16:00 to 16:30 Zoltan Mujahid
17:00 to 17:30 · Budapest Strings
18:30 to 19:00 · Sajtkukacz Orchestra
19:00 to 19:30 · Jennifer Szirota

2012th December 9 (Sunday)
Christmas concerts
09:30 to 10:00 a.m. Peter Mikola
11:00 to 11:30 Csepp Children’s Theatre
11:30 to 12:30 Palanta Mission
12:30 to 13:00 Kobold Band
13:00 to 13:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
14:30 to 15:00 Mrs. Columbo
15:30 to 16:00 Eva Fabian ·
16:00 to 16:30 · Quantum Cowboys
17:00 to 17:30 Tibor Csordás ·
17:30 to 18:00 Arpad Zsolt Meszaros ·
18:00 to 18:30 · Vera Tóth
19:00 to 19:30 · Positive Band

2012th December 10 (Monday)
Leslie Szabo 19:00 to 19:30
Thick Thomas · 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2012th December 11 (Tuesday)

19:00 to 19:30 Four Fathers

2012th December 12 (Wednesday)
20:00 to 20:30 English Rose
20:30 to 20:40 · Little Victor

2012th December 13 (Thursday)
And More Jazz Choir 20:00 to 20:30
2012th December 14 (Friday)
19:00 to 19:30 Zsuzsa Komonyi
7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mary Notari ·
20:00 to 20:30 · L.L. Junior
2012th December 15 (Saturday)
9:00 to 9:30 chickweed
10:00 to 10:30 · Neverenough Zenegóc
11:00 to 11:30 Currants clown ·
12:00 to 12:30 · HandaBanda Orchestra
13:00 to 13:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
14:00 to 14:30 · M.É.Z
15:00 to 15:30 · Catfish Veronika Valentine Diamond Duo
16:00 to 16:30 · Drumsters
16:30 to 17:00 Transcarpathian Ukrainian Folk Dance Group “Mrijá”
· Periodic Andrea 17:00 to 17:30

2012th December 16 (Sunday)
10:00 to 10:30 Palinta Society
10:30 to 11:00 · Apacuka
12:00 to 12:30 · Mollini Magician
13:00 to 13:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
13:30 to 14:00 · Pflum Orsi
· Sing 14:00 to 14:30 FREE!
Kaden Heni students
· Buffalo Wild 15:00 to 15:30
17:00 to 17:30 Attila ·
18:00 to 18:30 Fairy Factory
19:00 to 19:30 · Retroleum Orchestra
20:00 to 20:30 · Mr. Joe

2012th December 17 (Monday)
19:00 to 19:30 ·Baby Gabi
20:00 to 20:30 Regina · Dukai

2012th December 18 (Tuesday)
19:00 to 21:00

2012th December 19 (Wednesday)
19:30 to 20:00 BuliOne Orchestra
20:00 to 20:30 · Bon-Bon

2012th December 20 (Thursday)
Sari Ethnic German Dance Group 19:00 to 19:30
20:00 to 20:30 · Carbovaris

2012th December 21 (Friday)
19:00 to 19:30 Erik
Dani Torres · 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
20:30 to 21:00 Zoltan Miller



Westend City Center

2012th December 6 (Thursday)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop Theatre
17:00 to 17:30 · 501st Legion Garrison in Hungary
18:30 to 19:00 Tamas Somlo ·

2012th December 11 (Tuesday)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Leslie Szabo
· 17:00 to 6:00 p.m. Seedlings Mission

2012th December 13 (Thursday)
Seedlings Mission 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2012th December 18 (Tuesday)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop Theatre 4
· 17:00 to 6:00 p.m. Seedlings Mission

2012th December 20 (Thursday)
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Seedlings Mission
19:00 to 19:30 · L.L. Junior


Santa Claus is visiting the huge Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink in the City Park of Budapest. Varosligeti Mujegpalya is the official name of the Outdoor Ice Rink, which is truly outdoor, and truly big, with lots of ice and hundreds of skaters having fun.

Budapest Santa Claus Party

Budapest Santa Claus Party on the Ice Rink – Tamas Soki Photography

Event: Santa Claus Party on the Budapest Ice Rink (Mikulasparty)

Venue: Varosligeti Mujegpalya in the City Park of Budapest, District XIV

Date: Dec 6 2012 (Santa Claus / St Nikolaus Day)

The Santa Claus Party was huge, with lots of people waiting to get into the Outdoor Ice Rink in Varosliget:

see the photo of Tamas Soki taken on the scene with the Millennium Monument in the background on Heroes Square Budapest:

Lines for Santa Claus Party in Budapest on Outdoor Ice Rink

Lines for Santa Claus Party in Budapest on Outdoor Ice Rink – Tamas Soki Photography