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Advent Fair + Programs Cancelled. Festive Light Show Expanded

In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Annual Advent programs and the Advent fair will not be held this year in Debrecen. 

Főnix Rendezvényszervező Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. is confident that, in accordance with the epidemiological measures of the government and the city, in addition to strict mask-wearing, this decision will also reduce the number of new cases in Debrecen.

Although there will be no traditional programs and fairs, on November 29, the first Sunday of Advent, Debrecen will once again be lit-up in a festive light show. This year, about 200,000 points of light will be installed in the city, including the Christmas tree in the main square, which will be decorated with 16,500 lights. 

The whole length of Piac Street from Kossuth Square to Petőfi Square, in the Memorial Garden behind the Great Church, in Kálvin Square, on the western small roundabout, in Szent Anna Street with candles and angels, on Darabos Street with Christmas stars, on Burgundia Street, on Sumen Street 10 stars and 20 light beams, angels on Simonffy Street, light beams on Hal, and bell ornaments in Kismacs, Nagymacs, Bánk, Dombostanya, Ondód and Józsán. In Kossuth Square, LED lights will also be installed on the section from Aranybika Hotel to the Great Church – on a total of 90 trees. 

Thanks to the continuous improvements of recent years, the light sources are now energy-saving, with a significantly longer lifespan and brightness than conventional light bulbs, the now make up the Debrecen Christmas decorative lighting.

The traditionally very popular light tree and the light fountain will also be visible again on Piac Street. There are also novelties – in addition to the stylized angel figures and Christmas balls that have been blowing the trombone for a few years now – in the Christmas decorative lighting. In Dósa Nádor tér and Csapó utca, 15 Csillagszóró decorative motifs will be placed on the candelabra already handed over. The advent trams will start running again.

In connection with the celebration, the Phoenix Event Organizer will also move the popular Advent film afternoons from the Apollo Cinema to an online spaceRepresentatives of the church denominations talk about the film online from the Kölcsey Center – without an audience – after the screenings. Viewers will be able to follow the works on SentFilm (a Christian film website) and there will be conversations on the cinema community page.

The photos were taken in 2019.