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Debrecen’s Advent Market invited the crowds with beautiful violin music and delicious smells of hot chocolate and mulled wine.

Despite the lack of snow, the late-fall weather already had the people queuing up for hot chocolate and wine in the early hours of the afternoon. A march of wranglers and herdsmen opened the market, reported

“We bring an ancient tradition to life this march, as at the beginning of Advent shepherds used to arrive in Debrecen from the Hortobágy and spend their money on different tools, accessories or exchanged them,” revealed Vilmos Hercz, the leader of the Debrecen Folk Band, whose speech opened the market officially on November 24th.

Families were glad to be able to stroll by the bodegas without freezing weather. Many of the kids get something small, but the main Christmas gifts are not bought here. Some also buy things for their Advent wreath so they can make it later at home.

From sweets to drinks and food, as well as small gifts, everything can be found at the market. Market-goers feel that while the prices have not increased in recent years, the selection definitely has — things the market offers include hand-crafted products, delicious snacks and drinks.

debrecen advent market
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In another article, Haon reveals that the whole city has been celebrating the start of the holidays by lighting the candle together next to the city’s Christmas tree for years now.

The market hosts nearly 100 bodegas, and because of last years’ interest, they brought in a larger Ferris wheel this year.

debrecen ferris wheel
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The Christmas lights will be lit on December 2 this year, and the market welcomes everyone looking for some cute Christmas gifts, a stroll surrounded by delicious smells and candy, or anyone who wants to ride the Ferris wheel. It offers all kinds of programs on weekdays between 12 PM and 8 PM, and between 9 AM and 9 PM on weekends.


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