Christmas season has officially started in Hungary: the nearly 20-meter tall silver pine, which will stand in front of the Parliament on Kossuth Square until the 6th of January, arrived to Budapest this morning. This year’s ‘National Christmas tree’ was offered by Irma Trombitás Rába of Veszprém. At the same time in Pécs, the tree called “Everyone’s Christmas tree” was also set up.
photo: Zoltán Máthé/MTI
The ‘Christmas Tree of Hungary’ was set up by firefighters with the help of a crane on Kossuth Lajos Square in front of the Parliament. It will decorate the square until Epiphany, the 6th of January. This year, the tree, which was offered by Irma Trombitás Rába from Veszprém, is an approximately 18-20 meter high silver pine, with a 70 cm trunk diameter, weighing 6-8 tons.
Meanwhile, the huge ‘Everyone’s Christmas Tree’ was also set up on the main square of Pécs, this year a 14-meter spruce tree, which was cut down on Monday morning for Széchenyi Square. The tree was offered to the town by István Kovács.
photo: Tamás Sóki/MTI
What is more, the Budapest Christmas Fair on Vörösmarty Square, considered to be among Europe’s prettiest Christmas markets is also open, just like the Christmas Market at St. Stephen Basilica, which opened this past Friday.
Warm up for the festive season with our video from last year, where our vlogger Boglárka explored the capital at the most festive time of the year. She wandered the beautifully illuminated Andrássy Avenue, Váci Street, and the Grand Boulevard, paid a visit to the Christmas Fair on Vörösmarty Square, and travelled with Budapest’s magnificent Christmas tram.
HT Vlog #3: Christmas in Budapest