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During the morning  hours of  November, 18 the Budapest’s Tourism Destination Management held a press conference with invited guest from the Municipality to make the announcement to the beginning of Budapest’s longest festival, the Xmas Fair  2011.

Mr. Miklós Csomós, Deputy mayor at the Municipality opened the floor by giving public information  about the coming festival, saying: “this will be the biggest festival in Middle and Central Europe.” Locals and foreigners will have a huge choice in food, booze, deserts, arts and typical Hungarian made crafts, as well the holiday dishes, delicate snacks. Last year 600 thousand folks were interested to stroll over to the downtown   area to be a part of this gathering at the Vörösmarty Square. Fourty percent of the visitors were foreigners. Many joined the festival from U.K., Italy, France, Holland, Germany and from United States of America.

For the first time Hungary decided to invite a country to be the guest of honor.  So the choice was Belgium, as it is the HQ’s of the EU and by being an E.U member State, Hungary decided to start with Belgium, as the Guest of Honor to join  our Xmas Fair.  Mr. Miklós Csomós added: “this is our first invitation to call a country to take part at our Xmas Fair.We would like continue this tradition in the forthcoming years, as to welcome a guest country as a guest of honor.”   No doubt Belgium is going to bring its well know gourmets and accessories that can add glamour, new habits in our decoration world.

Mr. József Molnár, Managing Director at the Budapest’s Tourism Destination Management, spoke about keeping and sharing the Hungarian traditions with the presence of the hand-made folks art by the Heritage House. Last year the where 66, this year are 36 outsourcing cabins already at  the Vörösmarty square. The less number of cabins was to  avoid  the overcrowding area. At the Vörösmarty Square will stand a height of 15 meters of Xmas tree all dressed, decorated in white colour. During the Advent period, weekly there will be an additional candle to be lite on. On the Sunday of Advent everyone is invited to join a candle lighting  event. This will take place in front the Gerbeaud (Coffee and Cake) House.

Now comes  a heartmelting  part of information. Yes, another first occasion was unfolded by Mr. József Molnár: “Not only the lights and sound will be sparkling throughout the Budapest’ Xmas Fair, but the “Light of Peace” will be present. Directly brought from Bethlehem’s  Church of Nativity by the scout boys to shine the light during the season of Advent.

Can’t stop saying: “for the first time”, so here it goes again. Each week  two  young entrant  artists will introduce their treasures. Those who have a Budapest Card will have 10% off the handicraft products.

During November, 27 until December 23,  be aware to watch what’s happening on the facade walls of the Gerbeaud (Coffee and Cake) House. Keep your fingers crossed as to wish you will be able to see an angel high up there.  Rolling along the paths of Vörösmarty Square between 6 p.m. to  8  p.m.  you can see a snowman dancing around the strollers.

Ms. Anett Rakács, Manager of Culture, Budapest’s Tourism Destination Management spoke about the goal of the Budapest’s Xmas Fair, as to keep on  saving the values, adding values despite of  the economic crisis. “As we get closer to our festive preparations we would like to sweeten the Xmas season with the selected programs for kids and adults. After a long time again the Santa Claus from Finland will be arriving to Budapest  There will be a Santa Claus House where he may rest, meet and greet again the Hungarian little ones. According to last info, Santa Claus will arrive to the Vörösmarty Square on the 6th of December. Until he arrives  a Hungarian Santa Claus will step in to collect the requests on the 4th and 5th of December,  at the same wooden house as mentioned. Ms. Anett Rakács presented: “There will be a Xmas  Fair “Walking tour” with guide on the spot  and  beside Hungarian there will be English language tours. Hear stories about the origin of Xmas habits, the lace that connects folk and religious elements.”

It’s a must, you can’t leave the scene before or without tasting the mulled wine and the apple, cottage cheese, poppy-seeds filled strudel.

Once you visit the scene you will surely find your time to head back.  Mind you all visiting the Budapest’s Xmas Fair, the weather can be tricky and windy, so warm yourselves up in an atmosphere where you can join with the members of your family or your friends  and have a splendid time.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

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