Christmas Fair opening

Friday, 19 November 2:30 pm

This year the capital’s iconic winter festival, Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair opens its gates again. Nearly fifty artisans’ individually designed products, culinary specialties, festive light projections and a joint advent candle lighting event await visitors until 31 December in Vörösmarty Square, which is one of the most beautiful venues of the capital city. All are welcome to the festive opening of the Fair on 19 November at 14:30, featuring Fourtissimo Jazz Orchestra and meet the Angel of the Fair.

Welcome addresses will be delivered and the Fair opened by Erzsébet Gy. Németh, Deputy Mayor responsible for Human Resources and Csaba Faix, CEO of Budapest Brand Nonprofit P.L.C.

First Advent candle lighting

Sunday, 28 November 5:00 pm

On November 28, come and light the candle of faith together!

On the first Sunday of Advent, Gergely Karácsony, the Mayor of Budapest and Gábor Smidéliusz, Lutheran pastor will light the first candle on the beautiful Advent wreath at the Fair at 5 p.m. We can admire the new face of Budapest at night as the city also dresses up in Christmas lights by the lighting of the candle.

Second Advent candle lighting

Sunday, 5 December 6:00 pm


The second Sunday of Advent has come! All are welcome to Vörösmarty Square again for a community candle lighting. The festive atmosphere is taken care of by the Fool Moon band.

Santa is arriving at Vörösmarty Square!

Sunday, 5 December 4:30-6:00 pm


At Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair, children can tell their Christmas wishes to Santa personally. At 4:30 pm the special projections are followed by the arrival of Santa, who has promised that no child will leave him empty handed!

Third Advent candle lighting

Sunday, 12 December 5:00 pm


Christmas is approaching! Vörösmarty Square is already flooded with the light of the third candle. Festive songs are played by Tutti Cantabile.

Fourth Advent candle lighting

Sunday, 19 December 5:00 pm


Only one week has remained until Christmas, so the last candle can be lit on the wreath at last! We gather in Vörösmarty Square to experience this moment together again. The festive event is accompanied by the Christmas tunes of the Jazzation ensemble.

Advent projections on the facade of the Gerbeaud House

Every half hour, a magical world of light comes to life at the Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair! Winter still lifes, festive scenes and cityscapes of Budapest are evoked on the facade of the Gerbeaud House. Newer and newer surprises await the visitors of the fair every day, while from the light projections the vivid, cosy and cheerful life of Budapest in wintertime unfolds.


Many thanks for the wonderful spectacle to the team of Maxin10city!


Times: every day between 1-26 December

every half hour on weekdays between 5:00-9:00 pm

every half hour at weekends between 5:00-10:00 pm