This year, the Budapest City Council will not put up the decorative Christmas lighting in the places it manages in view of the current economic situation, the General Assembly decided on Wednesday. The proposal of the Deputy Mayor was supported by 18 votes in favour, 3 against and 8 abstentions, MTI reports.

Through the measure, 28.3 million HUF can be saved, and – as written – a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions can also be achieved. The former amount is transferred to the general reserve.

The Városháza Park will not be illuminated this year (Photo: Balázs Both/

According to the Mayor’s Office, the decision means that there will be no decorative lighting in the 5th District, for example, in Váci Street between Vörösmarty Square and Fővám Square and the surrounding small streets, as well as in Deák Ferenc Street and the Városháza Park. In the 6th District, there will be no Christmas lighting on part of Andrássy Avenue, Oktogon, Nagymező Street, Liszt Ferenc Square, and in the 1st District on Batthyány Square and Clark Ádám Square.

Source: MTI

Cover photo: Christmas lights in Váci Street in 2019 (Photo: Balázs Both/