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From 25th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017

 

The Advent Fair at the Basilica, the spectacular and event-rich meeting point of the Inner City will open on 25th November. In the joyful bustle of the fair magical Christmas ambience awaits visitors until 2nd January.

 

Every night the Basilica is illuminated with colourful lights, and vendors of special Christmas gifts are setting up their stands in the heart of the city. In the fairy-tale huts on Saint Stephen's Square visitors can browse through the remarkable products of almost eighty craftsmen, and will find unique, hand-crafted works of folk and applied art, textile and leather goods, pottery and jewellery along with designer clothes and accessories, or works of photographers and graphic artists. This year again, the fair will offer a spectacular visual experience : a new, monumental 3-dimensional video mapping will charm the admirers of the festive Christmas atmosphere. You can select from a great number of programmes – there will be handicraft workshops, cultural events, concerts in the Basilica and surprise happenings. 

 

Eco-friendly Christmas bustle

 

For the fifth time, the Hungarian Interchurch Aid has been participating in the fair as a key partner, and this year – as part of a joint charity action – donations for the Aid are collected at every exhibitor's stall. Just like in previous years a 200-square-metre ice rink will be available at the site. The ice isn't made of water but of a special material, therefore its operation is energy-efficient and eco-friendly. Ecological consciousness will be a priority during the fair, so the waste will be collected for recycling, and only special biodegradable cups, plates and cutlery will be used. Moreover, the colourful festive lighting will use only LED lights. 

 

Traditional and modern dishes

 

Apart from shopping, you can have a glass of mulled wine with your partner, friends, or colleagues, while tasting the unique culinary selection. Anyone can find nibbles of his or her preference: enthusiasts of the traditional style can taste hand-made chocolate, honey cake or chimney cake, while gourmands may choose from a wide range of unique and surprising versions of street food classics such as hot dogs, sandwiches and burgers.


Best hotels for Christmas

in Budapest

The Magazine Hotel & Apartments

The Magazine Hotel  ★★★★★

From €50 / night

Located near St Stephen’s Basilica

Perfect location, restaurants, cafés and bars

 

Hotels Monuments Budapest

Hotel Moments Budapest  ★★★★

From €105 / night

Located on the iconic Andrássy Avenue

Stylish rooms & wellness facilities 

 

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

SOfitel Chain Bridge ★★★★★

From €148 / night

Close to the main business and shopping area

Views over the Buda Castle and the River

 


12 Revay Hotel Budapest

12 Revay Hotel  ★★★

From €72 / night

Centrally located in Budapest

Reception is at your disposal in 24 hours a day

 

Iberostar Budapest

Iberostar Budapest  ★★★★★

From €140 / night

Stay in the heart of Budapest

A state-of-the-art fitness studio 

 

Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria Hotel budapest ★★★★★

From €260 / night

The St. Stephen's Basilica is at 100 metres

Rooftop bar with panoramic views

 


Tours & Activities

in Budapest

Christmas in Budapest

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Top things to do

in Budapest during the Advent feast at the Basilica

Buy Selected Handcrafted Items

Advent feast at the Basilica
Advent feast at the Basilica

In the fairy-tale huts Square visitors can browse through the remarkable products of almost eighty craftsmen, and will find unique, hand-crafted works of folk and applied art, textile and leather goods, pottery and jewellery along with designer clothes and accessories, or works of photographers and graphic artists. 

 

Eat and Drink with Ecological Consciousness

Advent feast at the Basilica
Advent feast at the Basilica

You can have a glass of mulled wine with your partner, friends, or colleagues, while tasting the unique culinary selection. Anyone can find nibbles of his or her preference: enthusiasts of the traditional style can taste hand-made chocolate, honey cake or chimney cake, while gourmands may choose from a wide range of unique and surprising versions of street food classics such as hot dogs, sandwiches and burgers. Waste will be collected for recycling, and only special biodegradable cups, plates and cutlery will be used.

 

Enjoy 3D Artistic Video Mapping

Advent feast at the Basilica
Advent feast at the Basilica

Each day of the Feast we will decor the facade of the Basilica with majestic video mapping worthy of Advent after dawn. Every 30 minutes a visual experience: a new, monumental 3-dimensional video mapping will charm the admirers of the festive Christmas atmosphere. This year’s topic is based upon a 2015 joint message of Pope Francis, Cardinal Peter Erdő and György Snell bishop and parish priest of the Basilica: Everybody is be equal, love and peace will triumph at Christmas over the rush of life. Iconic cities and regions of the World will come to life on the beautiful facade of the Basilica interwoven with a fairy tale motive, a golden angel that brings gifts to all places on Earth.


 

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