Brussels Christmas market 2019-2020
There are many Christmas markets in Europe but few are outstandingly notable and Brussels Christmas market definitely is on that list. Imagine snow covered cobbled streets, cozy brasseries, illuminated Ferris wheel, dazzling mediaeval square, a covered ice-skating rink, Christmas performances, and off-course a regally decorated fir tree. Christmas Market in Brussels is nothing less than Christmas Wonderland. In fact it is rightly dubbed as ‘Winter Wonders‘.
In addition to everything, there is plenty of delicious treats for you try and buy awesome festive souvenirs from over 250 wooden chalets across the market.
This guide will give you a good idea about best things to do, see, and eat while visiting winter wonders in Brussels, when to visit and how to navigate. Before we actually start exploring Brussels Christmas Market, here are few practical tips and information which will help you plan your trip more successfully..
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Practical Information and Tips :
Location: Unlike other European Christmas markets, Brussels Christmas Market is stretched over 2 kilometres through the Belgian capital’s historic town centre. It is set in the area between the Grand-Place, Rue de la Bourse, Place Sainte-Catherine, and Marché aux Poissons – Vismet. Parts of the market can also be found at Place De Brouckère, Tour Noire, and Place de la Monnaie.
Dates: November 29, 2019- January 5, 2020.
So if you are looking for festive atmosphere beyond New years, Brussels is a great choice. ( In fact most Christmas markets in Belgium are open till New years period)
Time: Daily from 12 PM to 10 PM. On December 24 and 31 ;- 12 PM to 6 PM.
Tip; Brussels Christmas Market is the biggest in Belgium. Thus as one would expect, it ‘s busy and gets extremely crowded. I will suggest avoiding the weekends unless you have no other choice and have to visit. Regardless it is super Christmasy and fun, if you don’t mind extra crowd !
Helpful terms while navigating Brussels’s streets and market
Grande Place = ‘Grote Markt’
La Bourse = ‘De Beurs’
Place Sainte-Catherine = ‘Sint-Katelijneplein’
Boulevard Anspach = ‘Anspachlaan’
Place de Brouckère = (De) ‘Brouckèreplein’
Merry Christmas= ‘Vrolijk Kerstfeest’
Happy New Year = ‘Gelukkig Nieuwjaar’
What to Do In Brussels Christmas Market ?
Start with the Grand Place. Grand place is the heart of everything. Brussels city square is probably the prettiest square of Europe. It’s a treat to visit anytime of the year but is little extra special during Christmas period. Square’s opulent guildhalls, edifices, city’s Town Hall, and the King’s House, is all enhanced by music and light show. Making it an unforgettable experience.
Apart from the music and light show, it’s here you will find the grandly decorated Christmas tree. There is also a large nativity scene. It is so big, its impossible to miss.
As you walk out of Grand Place, you will find actual market stalls of Brussels Christmas markets. Area around the Bourse has around 250 wooden stalls selling everything from woollen socks, crafts, Christmas ornaments, gifts, home decoration to all kinds of food and drinks.
As you walk towards Place Sainte-Catherine and the Marché aux Poissons, you will find tons of vendors selling mulled wine (Glühwein) and warm Belgian waffles. I can’t think of anything better to enjoy winter nights than mulled wine and waffles. As you make your way to Sainte Catherine church, you will find a vintage merry-go-round carousels and the larger food and drink stalls including a Champagne bar.
Near Saint Catherine, at the Marché aux Poissons (the old fish market) is a 55-metre-high Ferris wheel. Take a ride for spectacular views of the city.
While you are at Saint Catherine, you can also enjoy light projections on the front facade and the Casino on Boulevard Anspach.
After wandering around the lanes, trying some famous Belgian beers and liquor, it’s time for some more stalls and mulled wine (it’s holiday season after all). Head towards Place de Brouckère. It is here where you will find a huge 800 m2 skating ice rink.
Brussels Christmas Market exude a fantastic atmosphere. It feels more like a big multi-cultural country fair than a traditional Christmas market. There is so much going on from food and drinks to Ice skating rink and illuminated Ferris wheel. It’s one market you can’t miss if you are visiting Belgium during Christmas.
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Have a beautiful time in Brussels ! Here’s to a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year !!!!
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