Time flies so fast! It seems like yesterday I arrived to Hungary to celebrate Christmas in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe as it’s already the middle of January! And while smell of tangerines soars in the house, and there is Christmas tree in the living room, to maintain the festive mood I invite you to admire photos of the Christmas fairy tale and to read about 5 things you need to do in Budapest in Christmas days – isn’t excluded that you will want to go to this city next winter!
1. Did you know that Christmas backdrops market in Budapest (which takes place at Vörösmarty Square) is considered as the most “delicious” market in Europe? Believe me, you will feel it: sweet aroma of ginger and cinnamon soars in the frosty air. Sweet teeth surely should try a traditional Hungarian fairground treat “kürtőskalács” – the tubule baked on the open fire, and coated in sugar. And I recommend to eat goulash in bread as the main dish! By the way, the market has an official website where you can see the events program.
2. Go to the huge outdoor ice rink located next to the Varosligeti Mujegpalya park which is included in the list “10 best places for winter activities in Europe”! In addition, the biggest thermal complex in Europe is only 5 minutes walk – Széchenyi thermal bath.
3. On the Christmas eve visit the largest cathedral in Budapest – St. Stephen’s Basilica! Children dressed as angels, performing Biblical scenes and living organ – I thought that I will take a quick look at it, but I couldn’t leave till the end of the celebration: I’ve never seen anything more beautiful!
4. Enjoy the walks around the city. Budapest is beautiful before Christmas and it’s absolutely impossible to remain indifferent to the festive atmosphere! There are Christmas backdrops for photography fairs and trees on the main squares, and small streets are filled with lights. The city is filled with illuminations, and the best way to look at this beauty is to take a ride at the Budapest Eye (The Sziget Eye). And don’t forget to ride on the Christmas Light Tram!
5. Visit the Hungarian Opera House to enjoy the spectacular ballet show ‘The Nutcracker’. The first performance of the masterpiece of Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the Hungarian Opera House was made in 1950 by the Russian ballet master Vasili Vainonen! I tell you a secret – it’s my favorite ballet!
Budapest is beautiful at any time of the year, but don’t miss the opportunity to experience the Christmas fairy tale and to grasp the festive mood during winter time! The main Christmas fairs open since the middle of November and come to an end in the early January, but the memories of these magic holidays remains for a long time!