Budapest Christmas Markets 2021

Budapest Christmas Markets are a must-visit if you love December festivities. Lose yourself in an enchanting fairy-tale village filled with uniquely-crafted gifts and delicious Hungarian specialties!

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Is Budapest good for Christmas markets?

Not just good, it's awesome. Budapest is famous for its Christmas Markets, so needless to say, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding what to visit! Head to Vörösmarty Square to take part in Budapest's oldest and richest Christmas Market. A huge number of stalls offer gorgeous handcrafted items and delicious food, from goulash to sausages. Oh, and plenty of mulled wine of course! Or for a less touristy yet still magical experience, The St Stephen's Basilica's market will leave you amazed with its Christmas tree and ice rink placed right before the magnificent church. And the Òbuda market, taking place in Budapest's charming old side, reveals a cosy and enchanting atmosphere for you to enjoy. There must be a reason if it's locals' favourite market!

When do Budapest Christmas markets start?

The Òbuda Market has officially announced it will open its doors from 26 November 2021, so you'll want to make sure you're there between those dates and not miss the locals' favourite Christmas market! The planned dates for both Vörösmarty Square and St Stephen's Basilica's Markets are 19 November - 31 December 2021. It looks like the two popular Budapest Christmas markets will take place this year, but we advise you to keep an eye out for the latest updates. The beautiful Hungarian capital offers plenty of things to do. Wondering what? Read on!

Why Christmas is a great time to visit Budapest

Budapest is already a wonderful city, but at Christmas time the capital turns into a magical place, a fairy-tale village! Here at Wowcher, we made sure to have fantastic deals for Budapest Christmas breaks so that you can enjoy such a unique atmosphere! Immerse yourself in the glinting aura of magically lit streets and the mouth-watering smell of smoky roasted meat coming from food stalls. Plus, you'll find plenty of ice rinks surrounded by beautiful architecture, so get your festive skates on - it doesn't get more romantic than that! Perhaps you're feeling a bit cold? Then head to the stunning Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Hopefully, 15 indoor and 3 outdoor thermal pools in a neo-Baroque palace are just enough to spoil you!

Other things to do in Budapest

With its beautiful gothic architecture, green parks and independent cafes, Budapest has become one of Europe's freshest and most popular destinations, and deservedly so! Get to the hilly 'Buda' part of the city to visit gorgeous places such as the historic and romantic Castle Hill. Or cross the famous Chain Bridge to find lovely cafes and shopping streets. The Hungarian capital is also famous for its 'ruin bars', bohemian bars filled with artsy installations in courtyards and abandoned buildings. Not to mention the Széchenyi Thermal Baths? The astonishing thermal pools will warm you up even in the coldest winter months. Did you know you can challenge the local bath regulars to a floating chess game?

How many days do you need in Budapest?

Okay, so you've decided: it's Budapest this Christmas! Now you're probably wondering, how many days do I need in Budapest? Don't worry, we've looked it up for you. Thinking of visiting the whole city? Two days seem like a reasonable time, if you're very efficient. Three days will grant you a slower pace and the chance to have more magical time in the world-famous Budapest Christmas markets. You wouldn't want to miss that, would you? And why not add a fourth day to have some much-deserved relaxation? Whether you go for a two, a three, or a four-night stay, our deals here at Wowcher cover it all - wonderful hotels and return flights included!