Christmas in Budapest

Are you going to celebrate Christmas in Budapest with Hungarian pals? I tell you some essential information about opening hours, public transportation and some fascinating Hungarian Christmas customs. In mid-November Budapest starts to prepare for Christmas. If you’re looking for an unique Hungarian present and desire to get away from the all alike shops check out the Budapest Christmas Fair.

Opening Hours at Christmas in Budapest

Shops are open for the Silver, bronze and gold Sundays on the three weekends before Christmas. Shops close around early afternoon on 24th December and open just on 27th December. Some larger shopping center might stay open up until early evening on 24th December. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day all shops, supermarkets are closed in Budapest Numerous stores do not open between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Life gets back to normal after 1st January

Dining establishments are likewise closed on Christmas Eve (24th Decemeber), but most of them open on 25th-26th December. Budapest is a popular traveler destination even in winter and restaurant owners are aware of that. Do not fret you’ll absolutely discover several good dining establishments open throughout Christmas in Budapest

Public Transport at Christmas in Budapest

Public transportation lorries run till around 15.00-16.00. After 16.00 night services carry passangers. On 25th-26th December vehicles run according to holiday schedule. Between 1st and 27th January, lorries run less regularly than they do on typical weekdays. It’s also holiday at schools, all public transport automobiles run according to schedules valid during school holidays.

Some Hungarian Christmas Traditions

At Christmas we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ in Hungary. The main event is on Christmas Eve (it’s Szenteste in Hungarian, indicating Holy Night) Familiy members get together in the afternoon on 24th December and decorate the Christmas tree. Grandparents or elder siblings and sisiters take care of the youngsters, so they won’t see their presents put under the tree. The aromatic fir is decorated with colourful paper decors and an unique Hungarian Christmas candy (szaloncukor) wrapped in clamber coloured papers. Housewives prepare traditional Hungarian Christmas meals in the kitchen. We typically have fish soup, packed cabbage, pastry rolls stuffed with poppy walnut, seed or chestnut stuffings (it’s called bejgli in Hungarian). Relative exchange presents at night on 24th December while listening to tradtitional Christmas tunes. In Hungary child Jesus brings the presents, not Santa. We commemorate the arrival of Santa on 6th December, St. Nicholas Day. At midnight individuals go to the midnight mass. Organ music and pine scent fill the air in churches where people sing together classical Christmas songs. Even non-religious people attend this mass beacuse of its uplifting and festive environment. On the following 2 days loved ones and friends visit it each other at their houses, have traditional Christmas meals and desserts.

Weather condition around Christmas in Budapest

When I was a youngster there was always thick snow around Christmas. The very first snowflakes fell generally at the end of November. The temperatures were around absolutely no or below. Today it is hard to tell what will be the weather like around Christmas. Due to global warming we have not see any snow in the previous number of years. The weather condition around Christmas is sometimes rather moderate and dull, with some rain, and it’s crispy and bright with crystal blue sky at times. I prefer the latter, though I wish for white Christmas every year.

Programs at Christmas in Budapest

The world famous 100-member Gypsy Orchestra carries out a show on 30th December, at 6 pm in teh Budapest Congress Centre. They’ll play both standard and clasical folk music.

The entire city relaxes for a couple of days. You can only hear the sound of Christmas performances and Advent tunes in Budapest’s churches. After the hectic shopping it’s a real realxation to listen to the organ works and consider about the significance of Advent and Christmas. I suggest the Lights of Christmas Festival in Matthias Church on Castle Hill.

Merry Christmas in Budapest!

In mid-November Budapest starts to prepare for Christmas. If you’re looking for a distinct Hungarian present and desire to get away from the all alike shops visit the Budapest Christmas Fair. Do not stress you’ll certainly find a number of great dining establishments open during Christmas in Budapest. The primary celebration is on Christmas Eve (it’s Szenteste in Hungarian, meaning Holy Night) Familiy members get together in the afternoon on 24th December and embellish the Christmas tree. You can just hear the noise of Christmas performances and Advent songs in Budapest’s churches.

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