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The 12 Trips of Christmas: Fairs for Foodies

We have heard on a grapevine that Budapest’s Vörösmarty Square takes on a magical transformation every year in November. Just a few days before the beginning of December, the popular fairground turns into a holiday wonderland in preparation for the Budapest Christmas Fair. The smells of freshly baked honey cookies, mulled wine, cinnamon and fir lure visitors in from beyond the downtown streets. Small wooden cottages offer Christmas treats and cheer. Live music can be heard throughout the fair including jazz, world music, folk and more. Puppet shows, Santa Claus, a merry-go-round, and a magical garden attract young children on the weekends while parents browse the 122 stalls selling traditional crafts, honeys, jams and pumpkin seed oils. Grumbling stomachs look forward to roasted goose, grilled sausage, pork knuckle, clay oven-baked fry bread, and roasted chestnuts. Don’t forget to visit the advent calendar and help count down the days until Christmas!

If Vörösmarty Square is a little too crowded, head to The Advent Fair in Obuda, where a similar fair takes place, but is populated with far fewer travelers. Here, visitors enjoy ice skating, taking part in traditional folk dances and attending concerts performed by renowned musicians. We couldn't imagine anything nicer than sipping a mug of hot mulled cider, listening to traditional music, biting into warm honey cookies and watching the community skate by in the snow. 

Caption: The Budapest Christmas Market in Vörösmarty Square. 

Images courtesy of Pond 5.

December 23, 2014

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