Photo: Budapest Basilica Christmas Market
Photo: Budapest Basilica Christmas Market

There is a 12-metre-high Christmas tree, environmentally-friendly cups, and a lot of beautiful things to buy in Budapest’s Christmas market that opened on November 22 and was chosen as Europe’s second-best fair.

This is the 9th time that a Christmas fair was opened in front of the Saint Stephen’s Basilica, and the most important aim of the organisers is to create an atmosphere that can be compared to nothing else in the country and offers quality services in, e.g., gastronomy for those visiting the event. There are more programs this year than ever, with thematic days,

an interactive selfie spot,

and a 12-metre-high Christmas tree, reported.

There are 150 exhibitors on the fair offering local gastronomy specialities and fine craftsman products. Among these, there is, for example, the brand new hot chocolate of ChocoMe and the company’s new Christmas chocolate collection. A special burger made of Hungarian grey and some cheese specialities is only available for those who visit the fair.

There will be flódni, a Hungarian-Jewish cake, and Santa’s pub will open as well, offering a variety of special wines, bombardino, and special beer-rum composition. There will be a soup bar, and visitors can even eat oysters, lobster, sea crayfish, and poulp, thanks to an exhibitor.

Similarly to previous years,

there will be a 3D lighting show every day

after dark, starting every half hour. It is important to note that you need special glasses distributed on the square to enjoy the show.

This year’s novelty will be the ‘Wish a merry Christmas with a postcard’ opportunity. This means that visitors can create their unique message displayed on the facade of the basilica, and they can take a photo of it. Those who want to take part can choose from 5 different postcard patterns and 40 languages.

Thematic programs and many surprises await both families and groups of friends. For example, children can use the skating rink from Thursday to Sunday for free. 

Eco-friendliness is very important at the market.

Therefore, the 12-metre-high Christmas tree is made of plastic, and this is why there are only eco-friendly cups for the hot drinks. Furthermore, nobody can sell slippers in the market.

The Hungarian Ecumenical Charity collects donations for poor children in the framework of its ‘szeretet.éhség’ campaign. Furthermore, the Movember movement offers free medical screening.


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