Budapest Christmas Market 2019: an overview

Budapest is not just a nice city to visit in summer. Also in the wintertime the city has magic to it. Especially during the period when the Budapest Christmas markets are around. Enjoy a warm wine, Hungarian delicacies and shop the most beautiful (handcrafted) products. Here you will find an overview of the best Budapest Christmas Markets of 2019.

Christmas market on Vörösmarty square

The Christmas Market on Vörösmarty square is probably the most famous market in Budapest. And there is a reason for that. It is the oldest and most spectacular market out of all of them. And with a bit over 100 stalls it is also the biggest one. What can you expect on the market on Vörösmarty square?

  • Food stalls with delicious food and drinks
  • Stalls with pretty handcrafted things like jewelry and arts
  • Live music (on weekdays from 5 PM till 8PM en in weekends from 4PM – 8PM)
  • A light show on the walls of the famous Gerbeaud coffee house situated on this square

When: 8 november – 1 january (from 29 december onwards there are only food stalls left)

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 10AM – 9PM (10.00 – 21.00)
Friday and Saturday: 10AM – 9PM
Dec 24: 10AM – 3PM
Dec 25 & 26 : 10AM – 6PM
Dec 27: 10AM – 9PM
Dec 28 & 29 : 10AM – 8PM
Dec 30: 10AM – 10PM
Dec 31: 10AM – 4PM
Jan 1: 2PM – 10PM

Where: Vörösmarty square

Christmas market in front of Saint Stephen’s Basilica

budapest christmas market

The market in front of Saint Stephens’s Basilica is without a doubt the most photogenic of all the Budapest christmas markets. The ice rink in front of the church combined with a big christmas tree and a beautiful lightshow projectes on the Basilica create a magical atmosphere.

What to expect?

  • Around 100 wooden stalls with both handicrafts and food
  • An ice rink of 200m2
  • Every hour there is a lightshow projected on the basilica

When: Not officially confirmed yet. But most probably from the 23rd of November untill the 1st of January

Opening hours:
Mon – Thursday:
10AM – 9PM (10.00 – 21.00)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10AM – 10PM (10.00 – 22.00)
Dec 24: 10am – 2PM (10.00 – 14.00)
Dec 25 & 26: 10AM – 10PM (10.00 – 22.00)
Dec 31: 10AM – 10PM (10.00 – 22.00)
Jan 1: 11AM – 8PM (11.00 – 20.00

Where: in front of Saint Stephen’s Basilca on Szent István tér

Obuda Christmas Market

This nice market is on the other side of the Danube, on the pest-side of the city. It’s much more local and there are less tourists then on the markets mentioned above. That’s probably because it is slightly less central located. I would recommend going there though and not just visit the most well-known markets on Vörösmarty square and Saint Stephens square.

What to expect?

  • A lot of nice wooden stalls with beautifull (handmade) products and food
  • Two small ice rinks
  • A 16 meter high Christmas tree
  • Concerts & puppet theatre in the weekends

When: 29 november – 23 december
Where: On the central square in Obuda: Fö Tér
How to get there: Tram 1 (get off at Szentlélek tér), Metro 3: get off at Árpád híd station and change to tram 1 (get off at Szentlélek tér).

Christmas market in Goszdu Udvar

Gozsdu Udvar is a small half indoor promenade situated in the Jewish area in Budapest, close to the Great Synagogue. In here you find small bars and restaurants. And on weekends there is also a little market with beautiful handmade things. From the beginning of December untill right before Christmas there is a small christmas market hosted here. There is not a lot of stalls at all, but it has a nice vibe to it.

What to expect?

  • Christmas stalls surrounded by bars & restaurants
  • Half indoor

When: 1 – 23 december
Where: Gozsdu Udvar (Király street 13. – Dob street 16.)

Advent & Winter Festival in Városháza Park

This market is the most child friendly. There are a lot of free concerts, workshops and performances for both adults and children. Offcourse there also a lot of stalls where you can enjoy food and drinks, and where you can buy nice things.

When: not announced yet
Where: Városháza Park

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