As the festive season approaches, Debrecen transforms into a winter wonderland adorned with sparkling lights, festive decorations, and a magical atmosphere. Here are the top things to do in Debrecen during Advent 2023 to make the most of this enchanting time:
- Advent Corner Delights
75 wooden stalls with a Christmas atmosphere offer modern or even traditional, handmade products, and the public of the fair can choose from a wide selection of festive culinary specialities at more than 20 counters, accompanied by friendly and helpful service. Organisers would like to encourage visitors to Advent in Debrecen to vote for the most beautiful Christmas stall and the best service. Votes can be submitted online on the Debrecen Advent website by indicating the number and the category seen on the wooden houses.
- Mikulás Arrival Celebration
Santa Claus, or St. Mikulás as he is known in Hungary, will arrive in Debrecen in a carriage. In the beautiful Advent Corner, he will be happy to listen to wishes, poems and songs at the following times:
Saturday, 2nd December, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, 3rd December, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, 5th December, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
On Tuesday, December 5th, between 6 and 6.30 p.m., everyone is invited to sing with Santa Claus at Dósa nádor Square.
- Christmas Concerts and Performances
Immerse yourself in the festive melodies of Christmas carols and classical tunes. Debrecen comes alive with a series of concerts and performances featuring local choirs, orchestras, and talented artists. Check the event calendar for a schedule of musical delights.
- Ice Skating in Kossuth Square
Experience the joy of gliding on ice in the heart of the city at Kossuth Square. The open-air ice rink welcomes skaters of all ages, creating a delightful atmosphere for families, friends, and couples. It’s a perfect way to embrace the winter spirit.
- Christmas Little Railway and Baroque Carousel
The Christmas Little Railway is again waiting for its passengers at Debrecen Advent. A real engine driver controls the railway and will operate in the Dósa nádor Square between the 25th of November and the 23rd of December.
Monday -Thursday, 3 – 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 2 – 9 p.m.
Sunday 2 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 2-7 p.m.
- Visit St. Anne’s Cathedral
Step into the serene St. Anne’s Cathedral, beautifully decorated for the season. Attend a Christmas service, or simply marvel at the stunning architecture and peaceful ambience. The cathedral is a beacon of tranquillity amid the festive hustle and bustle.
- Countdown to New Year’s Eve
Wrap up the Advent season by joining the New Year’s Eve countdown in Kossuth Square. Revel in the joyous atmosphere, with fireworks lighting up the night sky as the clock strikes midnight.