Hungary loves transformations—grandiose, colourful, and flavoured. Every holiday or festival causes streets and squares to change their appearance. Though no other occasion but Christmas transforms the whole of Budapest. Starting from the last days of November several festive markets open their stands for visitors. The biggest one is the Budapest Christmas Market in Vörösmarty Square. It is impossible to miss the aromas of traditional Hungarian food. Each day between December 1st and the 23rd a tiny miracle happens right next to the Christmas Market. The facade of the Gerbeaud building transforms into a huge Advent calendar—a well-known favourite among European kids. Windows of the building are opened one by one, symbolising the number of days left until Christmas, accompanied by music and light shows. Stay warm with a cup of mulled wine and try a delicious Christmas doughnut topped with apricot.
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