- 4 Dec 2013 8:00 AM
After that the canon of the Basilica – the monumental building that is one of the most emblematic sights of Budapest – lit the first candle on the Advent wreath.
The ceremony ended with a spectacular premiere: the Basilica dressed into colorful and magnificent lights during an animated installation on the façade. In the upcoming weeks visitors can watch Christmas themed, 3D-effect films every night, every half an hour on the building that covers 37*28 meters. The specialty of this year film is the harmony of music and the story of an encounter – a group of six video artists worked on the animation more than one month long and organizers expects more hundred thousands of visitors during December.
During the fair hot delicacies and a free skating rink evokes Christmas atmosphere. High-quality artisans move into the heart of the city for a whole month and handmade chocolates, gingerbreads and chimney cakes make up the intimate setting, while gourmet visitors can taste macarons, fish dishes and territory selected premium bean coffees, too.
Not only the joy of gastronomy but also entertaining programs attract families, such as skating courses, dance lessons of Göncöl folk dance group, photo shooting and educative sessions with the famous Hungarian breed of dog, Vizsla and its rescue team.
The fair also hosts the Hungarian Interchurch Aid whose volunteers greet every donator willing to support the one in need with love and a heart-shaped gingerbread. Even celebrities and surprise performances will make this year’s charity program a real celebration.
From 29 November 2013 to 1st January
Basilica, Szent István square, Budapest
Check out other programs and follow the Facebook site of the event: www.adventiunnep.hu and facebook.com/adventiunnepabazilikanal
Thanks to MasterCard from this year customers of the fair may pay with credit cards as well.