When I returned to Budapest, the Christmas Market in Vörösmarty Tér (Square) was in full swing. The craftspeople and artists who sell their goods there are selected by a four-member professional jury who apply strict criteria, so you know the items are quality and made in Hungary.
This year, there were also Christmas Markets at St. Stephen’s Basilica, Kálvin Tér, Óbuda, Széll Kálmán Tér, and other places I missed.
In Budapest (as well as those in Vienna, and probably other places), each Christmas market has its own mug design. When you buy Forralt Bor (the Hungarian name for mulled wine), you pay for the mug upfront. You can return the mug and receive some money back or take the mug with you. I have a mug from one of the Vienna Christmas Markets and one from the Vörösmarty Tér Market. They are fun and functional souvenirs.
In addition to Forralt Bor, you can also get special punch and flavored forró csoki (hot chocolate). The food options can be impressive as well.
Once night falls, there is a light show every hour projected onto the front of the Basilica. There’s also a small ice rink in the middle of the Basilica market.
There is a huge ice rink at City Park where the swish of skates harmonizes with music.
Ah, Budapest at Christmastime!