Breaking a record, the Budapest Advent Basilica event took first place in the online voting for Europe's best Christmas market with the most votes of all time, MTI reports based on the organisers' statement.

In the competition of the European Best Destination travel portal, before the festive events of 21 European cities, including Madrid, Vienna, Brussels, Salzburg and Prague, the Advent Basilica in Budapest proved to be the best.

The Christmas market in Szent István Square (Photo:

The Szent István Square Advent event, after 2019 and 2021, again became the best Christmas market in Europe in 2022 and earned the title of the Fixed Star of the Christmas markets. This year, the voting took place with record participation, travellers from 179 countries cast 374,803 votes for their favourite. 51,253 likes, the most votes of all time, took the Advent Basilica to first place in the European field. So far, only Zagreb and Strasbourg fairs have managed to win three times.

Ice rink and giant Christmas tree in the middle of the square (Photo:

The online edition of Forbes recalled that it was possible to vote for Christmas markets that also offer cultural and artistic events with concerts, creative workshops, Christmas lights, fireworks and ice rinks, as well as a strong focus on sustainability, offering local food and handicrafts to shoppers.

Behind the Christmas market next to St. Stephen's Basilica, the event in Gdansk (Poland) finished in second place, and Craiova (Romania) took third place in the voting.

Source: MTI

Cover photo: The Advent Basilica was chosen as the best Christmas market in Europe for the third time (Photo: