Yes, it is that time of the year again. The Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty square officially opened its gates to the public on 10 November, and will be welcoming festive spirited visitors until 31 December, as reported by origo.hu.
The Christmas Fairs in Budapest keep getting more and more popular each year. Organisers expect at least 8,000 visitors (natives and foreigners alike) this year. This time, the quality products that are being displayed and can be purchased at the market come from 120 different craftsmen, each selected by a group of professional judges.
Let’s see what the Advent and Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty square has to offer this year.
As usual, the crafts bazaar offers a wide selection of Christmas goodies. Foodwise, besides the traditional Hungarian chimney cake and beigli, international Christmas favourites can also be bought, such as roasted chestnut and gingerbread. There is also an enormous selection of hand-made chocolates and marzipan.
Do not worry, the major Hungarian wine regions also represent themselves at the Christmas market. The best thing to do is looking at the pretty lights and the pretty things with a cup of mulled wine in our hands.
In terms of gifts, the Christmas Fair displays all kinds of hand-made works of folk, art, textile, leather goods, pottery and jewellery that can be purchased.
Good news is that, according to Dealchecker, the Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty square was one the cheapest christmas markets in Europe last year.
If you prefer visual aids, check out this video where last year’s Christmas Fair is presented featuring an adorable little guy as the guide.
Every Sunday, candles will be lit on the gigantic Advent wreath (with a diameter of 3 metres) while choir singing fills the air. Every Tuesday, visitors can check out a gastro show preparing traditional Christmas dishes at Vörösmarty square. Traditional Christmas dishes, such as stuffed cabbage, fish soup and other delicious courses can be bought.
Good news, there will be food tasting too!
On stage, 160 musical performances await the visitors both on weekdays and on the weekends. There will be folk music, jazz, alternative, crossover, blues, soul etc., something for everyone.
Children will not be left out either. There will be special handicraft activities (e.g. gingerbread and candle making), puppet theatre, music and dance performances to ensure that the little ones are entertained as well.
The most magical Christmas market
Last year, Dealchecker travel site put together a list of the most magical Christmas markets in Europe and, you guessed it, Budapest was on that list.
The Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty square was featured as one of the best markets for quirky gifts.
This market is also one of the cheapest in Europe, making the fair an even more irresistible destination.
Unfortunately, we have to wait a little longer for the Christmas Fair in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica to open.
The Christmas Fair in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica is among the top 10 Christmas fairs in Europe, and it opens on 24 November.
Featured image: www.budapestinfo.hu
Source: www.origo.hu; www.dealchecker.co.uk