Budapest’s Christmas Markets are often considered among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
From the main Christmas fair in Vörösmarty Square to the famous Advent Feast at St Stephen’s Basilica, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding fun and exciting holiday activities.
If you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Budapest’s Christmas Markets are like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of the Budapest Christmas Market scene, with official dates, hotel recommendations, photos & more.
NOTE: This is a Christmas market we haven’t personally visited yet, so all the information below is taken from official sources for your reference! If you have any personal tips from first-hand experience to add, let us know in the comments so we can improve this guide!
Budapest Christmas Market Dates 2022
While the official websites of Budapest’s main Christmas markets have not yet been updated with 2022 dates, we know of the following dates based on vendor applications:
- Budapest Christmas Fair in Vörösmarty Square: Nov 18 – Dec 28, 2022 (based on this news article)
- Advent Feast at the Basilica: Nov 18 – Jan 1, 2022 (based on the official website)
- Advent Obudan: Nov 25 – Dec 23, 2022 (based on this call for vendors)
Official Budapest Christmas Market Websites
For the most up-to-date information and announcements, be sure to visit official sources like the markets’ official websites here:
Budapest Christmas Market 2022 Hotels
Looking for a place to stay nearby while you visit the Christmas markets in Budapest? Here are some recommendations:
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Budapest Christmas Market Locations
Wondering where you can find the best Christmas markets in Budapest? Here’s a quick overview:
Vörösmarty Square (Vörösmarty tér)
The largest and longest-running Budapest Christmas Market can be found in Vörösmarty tér, AKA Vörösmarty Square, where visitors can choose from over 100 stalls selling everything from handmade local crafts to mouthwatering goulash, sausages, and other tasty Hungarian specialties.
Known as the Budapesti Karácsonyi Vásár, or Budapest Christmas Fair, this is hands down one of the most important Christmas markets you must visit in Budapest!
NOTE: In 2022, this market may look different as the event will no longer be organized by the city, but rather the same private company that organizes the Budapest Christmas Market at St Stephen’s Basilica.
St Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István-bazilika)
At Szent István-bazilika (AKA St Stephen’s Basilica), you’ll find another one of Budapest’s best Christmas markets: Adventi Ünnep a Bazilikánál, known in English as the Advent Feast of the Basilica, which took home the honor of best Christmas Market in Europe back in 2019 thanks to a public vote.
Here, you’ll find a delightful array of food and gift stalls, along with a central skating rink under a glittering canopy of lights, and nightly light projections on the church facade set to music.
If it’s a magical atmosphere you’re looking for, this is one Budapest Christmas market you can’t miss.
Fő Square (Fő tér)
Lastly, if you happen to be in town during a weekend, consider checking out the Advent Óbudán, known in English as Óbduda Advent, or the Óbuda Christmas Fair.
This market is widely known as the preferred Budapest Christmas market for locals, who enjoy the cozy, less touristic atmosphere in Óbuda’s central square.
Here, you’ll also find a skating rink, along with live performances and a craft market.
What to Eat and Drink at Budapest’s Christmas Markets
One of the most important parts of any Christmas market is the food! Luckily for all visitors, Budapest’s Christmas Market scene is filled with delectable options. Here are some must-eats when exploring the Christmas markets in Budapest.
Kürtőskalács (Chimney Cake)
Forralt Bor (Mulled Wine)
Almás Rétes (Apple Strudel)
Tócsi (Potato Pancakes)
Töltött Káposzta (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)
Goose and Red Cabbage
What to Buy at Budapest’s Christmas Markets
Eager to do more than just eat? Of course, shopping is another important part of the Budapest Christmas Market scene. Well, here are some souvenirs you can bring home from the Christmas markets in Budapest!
Chocolates and Marzipan
More Photos from Budapest’s Christmas Markets
Haven’t gotten enough of the Budapest Christmas Market magic? Here are some more photos to show you what you can expect:
Help Us Improve This Budapest Christmas Market Guide!
We’re constantly striving to make articles on this site more informative for our readers, so let us know in the comments if you’ve been to Budapest Christmas Market and if there are any tips or must-knows you’d like to share.