Full of festive anticipation, Central Europe’s famous Christmas markets will cajole anyone partial to grinch-like behavior into a giddy spin of holiday cheer.
Budapest holds Hungary’s most celebrated version of the open-air winter fair, which usually begins in mid-November, running through until early January the following year.
Open day and night, Vörösmarty Square is filled with pine wood cabin-like stalls, fairy lights are in abundance, and the air is redolent with the teasing smells of glühwein (mulled wine), cinnamon, fig and freshly baked treats.
Shop for traditionally crafted Christmas decorations or gather around open makeshift kitchens to learn how to make strudel and other classic Hungarian dishes. The air will be cold, and the likelihood of snow falling is high, yet stay warm by filling up on the heartiest comfort food, from roasted pork knuckle, goulash soup and cabbage stuffed goose thighs to toasted chestnuts, sweet honey cookies and Krampampuli, a frequently reached for Hungarian hot punch.
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