Heartwarming programs every day
‘In love and safety’. That’s the motto in 2021 of the advent fair at the basilica. The annual feast celebrating its 12th anniversary this year returns to deliver the true meaning and spirit of the holiday in its traditional form after 2020’s special online form which was caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
The Advent of Basilica won the award called ‘The most beautiful Christmas market in Europe’ for the second time last year. Therefore, we believe this title compel us to fill the iconic square of Budapest with the miracle of Christmas in the Advent season.
The Christmas tree is indispensable for the genuine spirit of the Holiday. The nearly 12-meter-tall tree, which determines the atmosphere, can be found in the centre of the square.
The Christmas crib and the monumental Advent wreath take their worthy place in front of the Basilica, and you can't miss the Advent candle lighting either. During the weeks of waiting for Christmas we light the candles of Faith, Hope, Love and Peace every Sunday with suitable programs.
The skating rink, huge favorite of children and adult as well, can be visited free of charge every day. Furthermore, you do not need to worry if you do not have skates, we take care of you! Next to the ice rink you have the possibility to rent skates also for free.
Moreover, the selfie spot and the spectacular workshop of blacksmiths also promise great fun for everyone.
Domestic craftmens exhibitors cannot be missed from St. Stephan square. Ceramicists, leather goods makers and goldsmiths with many years of experience returned with great pleasure, but visitors can meet new exhibitors and their brand-new products as well. What the nearly onehundred-fifty exhibitors have in common is the real authentic work. And we all know, there is no Christmas market without them.
This holiday is about the gastronomy as well. Apart from authentic winter flavors, true culinary delights also will be found for gastronomic adventurers.
At last, but not least, the public will be fascinated by the amazing light painting - the all-time favorite - on the facade of Basilica every afternoon from 5.30 PM, and before that there will be an outstanding concert from 5 PM. Various artists will amaze the ones arriving at the square.