Travel Treasures: Budapest’s Christmas Markets

Last December, I made a solo trip to Europe to see the holiday lights, sip mulled wine and shop the fabulous Christmas markets. It was my first time visiting Budapest, and while I had heard wonderful things about the city, I did not know much about the Christmas markets there and what to expect.

What I discovered was a very pleasant surprise – festive markets with mulled wine and delicious food, live performances, and many stalls with local handmade ornaments, crafts, ceramics and more.

My favorite market in Budapest was the one in Vörösmarty Square. It was large, always filled with people, and featured traditional wooden stalls.

I discovered this booth with felt ornaments, small pouches and pillow covers, and I was in love.

TT Budapest pillow stall 2

These felt ornaments and bags were so pretty. I purchased several of these white and gold star ornaments (on the left in the photo below) and some of the angel ornaments as gifts for my family. I would love to decorate a Christmas tree in red and white ornaments only.

TT Budapest pillow stall ornaments

These felt pillow covers captivated me. It took me a long time to find the right ones to bring home – and what great souvenirs too – they are fabric (and lightweight), they fold, and they won’t break in your luggage!

TT Budapest pillows

The pillows are a great way to decorate for Christmas.

TT Budapest pillows couch

Have you been to the Christmas markets in Budapest? What was your favorite find?

 

Wood for #FriFotos

Last week’s #FriFotos theme was wood, and here are the few pictures I shared via Twitter.

This Friday, the theme is RED, no doubt because Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14th. I can’t wait to see the beautiful photos that everyone will share.

The parliament building in Budapest has beautiful wood carvings.

The parliament building in Budapest has beautiful wood carvings.

At one of the Christmas markets in Budapest, I saw all these Santa faces painted on a slice of wood.

At one of the Christmas markets in Budapest, I saw all these Santa faces painted on a slice of wood.

I loved the beautiful wood on these trees I saw while hiking above Park City in October.

I loved the beautiful wood on these trees I saw while hiking above Park City in October.

This Lipizzaner horse peaks out of his wood stall in Vienna.

This Lipizzaner horse peaks out of his wood stall in Vienna.

About #FriFotos

Here’s a quick guide of the rules by Jeffrey Epstein.

#FriFotos was started on 15 October 2010 by Jonathan Epstein (@EpsteinTravels). Jonathan is the President and Owner of Celebrated Experiences, a company focusing on travel to the UK and Ireland. He is passionate about photography, his favorite hobby. Each week Jonathan cohosts #FriFotos with Stephanie Diehl (@TravelDesigned), Charles Yap (@CharlesYap), and two guest co-hosts that change each week. Jeffrey Epstein (@jeffreyinmotion), CEO of HBIM was a key advisor in the creation of #FriFotos and continues to assist in the Forum’s growth and success.