Summer in Budapest is beautiful, but the city in winter is especially picturesque. Often covered with a sprinkling of snow in the colder months, the Hungarian capital embraces the season with a busy schedule of celebrations. From the festive Budapest Christmas Market to the traditional Farsang carnival and Jewish Hanukkah celebrations, make the most of a winter trip to Hungary and take part in these must-see Budapest events.
Budapest Christmas Market
The Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square is the oldest and grandest winter market in Budapest. An essential stop on the itinerary for all Christmas lovers, it’s full of arts and craft stands where visitors can shop for gifts and locally-handmade souvenirs, sample deliciously warming Hungarian delicacies, try sweet treats such as cinnamon pastries, and enjoy a mulled wine. Adding to the festive atmosphere are the frequent carol concerts by local choirs.
13th November 2016 – 6th January 2017
Taking over the square by St Stephen’s Basilica for the festive season is a charming Advent market, known as Advent Feast at the Basilica. Crafts stands are set up outside the impressive church and food truck vendors present a wide variety of fare for visitors to enjoy. There’s also an ice skating rink and entertainment such as folk dance performances and a laser show against the backdrop of the historic building.
25th November – 2nd January 2017
Hanukkah in Budapest
Hanukkah is an important event the Jewish calendar, and takes place over eight days each winter. In Budapest, the festival is celebrated with a series of concerts, theatre shows, culinary fairs and candle lighting ceremonies. A fascinating insight into Jewish culture, heritage and religion, events are organised by the Quarter6Quarter7 Festival.
24th December 2016 – 1st January 2017