Even during pre-Christian times, ancient Hungarians practiced festive pagan rituals to enliven the darkest days of winter. Europe is a special place to celebrate Christmas, blending old traditions with Christian customs. And Katalin, loves to highlight the historical and enchanting atmosphere of this destination during the holiday season.
Budapest is both warm and joyful during Christmas. The city is adorned with colorful decorations, there’s a special tram decorated with Christmas lights, Advent candles are lit each Sunday, and there are fully decorated Christmas trees all over the city. And let’s not forget, some of the best Christmas markets in Europe are in Budapest.
In addition to Christmas Eve on December 24 and Christmas Day on December 25, other notable December holidays celebrated during the lead-up to Christmas include Saint Nicholas Day (Mikulás, in Hungarian) on December 6, when well-behaved children are rewarded with sweets and naughty kids are punished by the the devil-like figure Krampus; along with Saint Lucy’s Day on December 13, known for its unique tradition of scanning for witches detectable only to people standing on a special chair, known as “Lucy’s Chair.”