Organizers of the Vörösmarty Square Christmas Market have confirmed that they will cancel this year's event. Based on preliminary estimates by health officials and government statements, the virus is expected to peak during the Christmas Market season.
Budapest Festival and Tourism Center (BFTK) will launch a campaign to support the 100+ Hungarian craftsmen who were set to sell their products. The framework of the campaign asks people to buy and donate handcrafted products for this year’s holidays.
BFTK awaits further support and companies to join the initiative, as this season is the main source of revenue for this service sector. Currently, most vendors have web shops where their products can be found.
The Christmas Market tradition at Vörösmarty Square dates back to 1998. Tourists and locals come for the array of Hungarian cuisine, arts and crafts, and musical performances. Attracting annually more than 800,000 visitors. The market has been voted one of Europe’s prettiest numerous times in the past.
Various other Christmas Markets are normally held during this season. The Basilica Christmas Market was voted most beautiful in Europe last year.