Grandma’s ‘over-the-top’ Christmas home attracts tourists from across Europe


A Hungarian woman named Etelka Józsefné Kajdácsi – known locally as “Auntie Eta” – has opened her famous winter wonderland, after a year-long hiatus. Located in the small Hungarian town of Dabas, near Budapest, the house has become a festive attraction, attracting visitors from all over.

Auntie Eta started putting up decorations ten years ago to entertain her grandchildren, but was unable to open her house and garden last year due to the pandemic.

There are now twice as many new decorations, including a human-sized singing Santa Claus, a light-up reindeer and several miles of Christmas lights.

All of Aunt Eta’s children, grandchildren and sons-in-law worked for two weeks to make sure every trinket was in place. Their efforts have not been in vain as visitors come from as far away as France to admire the results.

Part of the charm is Aunt Eta herself, who welcomes every guest daily between 4 and 8 p.m., and even offers house specialties for free.

“I talk to people, I ask them where they are from,” Aunty Eta told Euronews.

“It’s nice to see the joy on people’s faces when they realize it was worth coming here from afar.”

But not everything is decorated here. Each year, the family sets up a bare Christmas tree, so visitors can mark their visit by hanging their own decorations.

The municipality has even launched a train to help visitors get there and a parking lot has also been set up next to it. Aunt Eta’s housewhich is open to the public until January 2, 2022.

Watch the video to see this winter wonderland in its entirety.


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