Hungary has several fantastic Budapest Christmas markets, but the most stunning location of them all is in Vajdahunyad Castle, the winter fairy tale castle in the City Park of Budapest, by Heroes’ Square.
2013 Christmas Market Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest: the dates for 2013 have not been finalized yet, please check the dates in November.
The Advent Fair is relatively new and is off the beaten path of Budapest tourists, mostly visited by locals who love to keep traditions and help kids inherit the Hungarian traditions of Christmas celebrations.
The programs of the Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Market are full of nice events, a series of Christmas Concerts in the building of the castle and outside the castle, on the stage on the grounds. You can browse among the traditional handmade artifacts and Christmassy crafts while holding a lovely mug of mulled wine, and in the meantime enjoy the music of the Christmas market: world music, gospels, classical music and children music are mixed in the program. There is a Live Bethlehem with living animals in the Christmas Pet Zoo of the Vajdahunyad Castle Advent Fair, which children can quite enjoy despite the minuses of the December weather in Budapest.
Youlupukki, the Finnish Santa Claus comes to visit the kids at the market. You can easily combine several activities in and around the Castle in the City Park and its many attractions: Szechenyi Baths, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Transport in Budapest, the Budapest Zoo, etc.
Choir concerts in the Jaki Chapel building of the Vajdahunyad Castle are held each Sunday.