No matter the cold, it is definitely worth bundling up and leaving your hotel room to explore the city centre of the Hungarian capital in the winter. This is especially true for the evenings, when Budapest’s major streets and roads sparkle with bright Christmas lights, filling both visitors and locals of the city with a joyous feeling. Even taking public transport can be an unforgettable experience, as some of the trams are decorated with blue and white lights at this time of year, making you feel like you are travelling in the warm embrace of the festivities of the season.
The exceptional atmosphere of Advent fairs awaits you throughout the country
Advent atmosphere and Advent fairs are not only held in Budapest, almost every rural town or village has fair and activities. Some places offer it just for a weekend and some places organise it through the whole Advent season. There is a famously intimate Advent atmosphere in DEBRECEN, EGER, SZEGED, PÉCS and SOPRON, for example – but also in SZENTENDRE, near the capital city. These cities are even more beautiful with their festive lights illuminated, so you shouldn’t miss them in winter either. The Advent activities and decorations in the small villages around Lake Balaton are particularly interesting as you look around with a glass of mulled wine or a seasonal delicacy. Half a year before you might have been lying under a parasol, with a cold drink and a corn on the cob!