Christmas is getting closer and closer, and many European cities, including Budapest, opened up their traditional Christmas markets. The aromas of mulled wine, cookies, gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, and cinnamon spice perfume the air, and festivals of lights illuminate the old streets and plazas.
Forbes reported that the Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest is one of the favourite Christmas markets in Hungary and one of the three top Christmas markets in Europe. The organisers of this market work hard every year to make sure that the Christmas spirit sparkles in front of Budapest’s iconic St. Stephen’s Basilica.
The Christmas market welcomes everyone with handcrafted gifts and Hungarian and international foods such as the local favourite, “flódni,” and the famous Hungaricum, the chimney cake. The market also offers ice skating for children in a central rink that surrounds a towering Christmas tree. Moreover, even Santa Claus himself goes shopping at the Advent Feast at St. Stephen’s Basilica.
An important factor is that the Advent Feast at the Basilica is held with a community spirit in mind: guests can enjoy charity-boosting concerts, and to preserve the environment, food vendors will use eco-friendly cups, plates, and cutlery, while waste will be recycled.
From the nearby countries, the article mentions the Christmas market of Vienna. For many, the city is one of the most beautiful European destinations and a magical city to celebrate Christmas in. For the winter season, the city transforms its prettiest squares into enchanting Christmas markets in shining fairytale land, with stands full of Christmas gifts, tree decorations, candy, warm drinks, a carousel, and craft Christmas workshops for children.
Other cities that were mentioned are, for example, Malaga (Spain), Bath (England), Tallinn (Estonia), Colmar (France), and Dresden (Germany).
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