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The Budapest Christmas Market (or the Xmas markets in Budapest, as there are more) is not only a must see for visitors, but many tourists flock to Budapest with the aim to see the Christmas market, enjoy the live music, sample the drinks and foods and buy gifts at the more than 100 handcraft stalls on Vorosmarty Square. The Budapest Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Sq is the most well known Christmas markets in Budapest, and has been running with great success and international acclaim since 1998, with over 600,000 visitors, and the numbers are growing.

Christmas Market by St Stephen’s Basilica

Budapest Christmas Market by St Stephens Cathedral

Budapest Christmas Market by St Stephens Cathedral

The Christmas Fair in front of St Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most popular Christmas markets in Budapest, with many food & handcraft stalls, a beautiful laser show every evening and their own skating rink to provide the ultimate Christmas atmosphere in the heart of the city.

Venue: St Stephen’s Square (city center) Budapest, District V

DateDates and Opening Hours of Basilica Christmas Market

Entrance fee: Free



Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market

Budapest Christmas Market concert

Budapest Christmas Market concert

The Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square will turn the beautiful square into a magical garden. There will be many concerts (folk bands performing Hungarian folk music and dances, small choirs singing, etc.), occasionally even actors and puppet theatres will perform on the stage, and there is a special handcraft tent for workshops with kids to keep the little ones entertained (e.g. to make Advent calendars, wreaths, make traditional Hungarian dolls from maize, etc.).

Venue: Vorosmarty Square (Vörösmarty tér, M1 metro station) downtown Budapest, District V

DateDates and Opening Hours of Vorosmarty Sq Christmas Market

Entrance fee: Free

Additional info:
The Christmas market on Vorosmarty Square is not only free, but there is free wifi too.

Other Budapest Christmas Markets

Handmade Christmas Gifts in Budapest

Handmade Christmas Gifts in Budapest

To be fair, there are several more Advent Markets and Christmas fairs all over Budapest, like the lesser known and less touristy Obuda Christmas Market on Fo Square (Fő tér), or the Christmas Market in Ujpest district (at the end of the M3 metro line in the north), the Christmas Market on Bakats Square, or the WAMP Design Christmas Market.

Christmas Opening Hours

You can find more information about the Christmas Opening Hours of MuseumsRestaurants and more Budapest attractions on the Budapest Christmas guide.

The M4 green metro line is the newest metro line in Budapest.

It connects South Buda with the city centre.  It starts at the busy Kelenfoldi station and goes all the way to the city centre. You can visit some of the most beautiful tourist attractions using this metro line.

  • Kelenfoldi Palyaudvar “Kelenfold Train station” connect lots of city buses and trains.
  • Bikás park “The Park with Bulls” offers running tracks, tennis courts and dog walking park along with a lake and festivals during the spring-summer months. Why not visit the park for a picnic on the lakeside?
  • Újbuda-központ (New Buda Center) stop is close to the Allee Plaza shopping mall and the Fehérvári Street Market where you can find some authentic Hungarian goods.
  • Móricz Zsigmond Körtér “Móricz Zsigmond Round Square” stop is a busy tram station close to the river and Liberty Bridge. You can find a lot of bars, restaurants too.  The Arboretum of Buda and the Feneketlen to  “Bottomless Lake” is also in this area.
  • Szent Gellért tér “Saint Gellert Square” is still on the Buda side where you can admit the Citadel, the Gellert Hill and Cave Church, and you can enjoy the wonderful views. Use this stop if you are visiting Gellert Spa Baths
  • Fővám tér “Fővám Square” stop is located beneath the eponymous square. If you are looking for the Shopping avenue of Budapest, take this stop to visit Vaci Street with boutiques, cafes etc. The Great Market Hall is also nearby.
  • Kálvin tér– “Kálvin square” could be the cultural stop of Metro 4. It is close to the National Museums, Universities, Metropolitan Library and second-hand bookshops.
  • Rákóczi tér– “Rákóczi square” offers the authentic Boulevard with restaurants, pubs and shops.
  • János Pál pápa tér “Pope John Paul II Square” is still close to the Boulevard
  • Keleti pályaudvar “East Train station” is the main international and inter-city railway terminal of Budapest. The building was constructed between 1881 and 1884 as one of the most modern railway stations of Europe. The beautiful building has been partially renovated.
Budapest Metro Map

Budapest Metro Map