Are you thinking of a great way to celebrate your Christmas overseas? Then consider coming to the Budapest Christmas Fair 2015 at the Vörösmarty Square. Enjoy the festive event from November 27 this year to January 1 next year. You can even explore stunning sights and sounds in as early as November 13!
Budapest’s Festive Square
The Square is strategically located in the middle of the city, and you won’t surely miss it! Especially with the various delectable products offered in the area, you could even just use your nose to follow the rich fragrance brought about by the various scents of cinnamon, honey cookies and other culinary delights as well as hot beverages. In addition, the area is located in front of the popular Gerbeaud Coffee House.
Thus, this is lke having your own version of a food tour in Budapest as well as enjoy their local take on the spirit of Christmas. And there is more to come, waiting for you to see and enjoy during this Christmas Fair in Budapest.
Vörösmarty Square turns into a festive marketplace during this Christmas event, where you can shop to your heart’s content from the variety of cottage-style merchant, food and beverage stalls available in the area. Before Christmas Day, these stalls open as early as 10:00 AM every day and will close at 10:00 PM on weekdays and at 11:00 PM on weekends.
Two outdoor stages will be set up in the area where adults and children alike can enjoy live performances including world music concerts, jazz, soul, folk and even dance house presentations. Everybody is free to watch the shows.
Don’t miss out on the happenings during the weekends especially when you’re travelling with the kids, as there will be puppet shows. There are also craft workshops offered to them where they can experience the art of weaving baskets, baking gingerbread and making candles, among other activities that will make their holiday even more valuable and worthwhile. There is also a special playground set up for them.
Planning your visit
When you finally decide to come to the Fair, you won’t have to worry about finding the right accommodation because a variety of establishments are available just a few walks away from the Vörösmarty Square. If you’re on tight travel budget, there are affordable options that don’t sacrifice comfort. On the other hand, if you’re planning to splurge in luxury, there are five-star hotels you can book close to the Square, too!
Keep in mind that the stalls on the Square will be closed on December 25 and 26. But it doesn’t mean that the celebration will be a bore on these days. In fact, you can book a Christmas Eve and Day cruise on the Danube where you can enjoy great buffet dinner and awesome live music. Make sure to reserve a seat in advance, as space will be limited. There will be discounts for students.
There are so many amazing sights to watch out for when exploring Budapest during the Christmas Fair. They’re perfect photo opportunities (or ‘selfies’ if you’re travelling solo). Two of these are Trams 2 and 19 in their awesome, festive holiday makeover of stunning Christmas lights. Make sure to catch them when you’re there. Tram 19 services Kelenföld Train Station and Batthyány tér, running through Buda. Tram 2 services Pest and runs along the riverbank of Danube.
If, for the duration of your holiday, you decided to also go to other places aside from the Vörösmarty Square, there are other Christmas markets in Budapest. You can got to Óbuda, specifically Fő tér (Main Square), where you can enjoy a variety of festive activities such as ice skating and watching puppet shows. Other areas to visit include Fashion Street (Deák Ferenc utca), Gozsdu Court in the district VII of the Jewish Quarter, and Ráday Street (Bakáts tér) in District IX.
So if you want to make your Christmas season a merry one, consider flying to Hungary and enjoy the delightful sounds and sights in and around Budapest’s Vörösmarty Square.