Things to do in Brussels

Christmas Market



Every winter, the heart of Brussels beats to the rhythm of Plaisirs d'Hiver (Winter Wonder), featuring a magical decor, a superb Christmas market, an illuminated Big Wheel, Merry-go-Rounds, street activities and of course the famous ice skating rink. A magical place, a refined atmosphere. What better way to find the Christmas spirit?


The annual of Winter Wonders festival is one of the major attractions in the centre of Brussels. And who's complaining? People will be taking leisurely strolls along the festive route between Place Saint-Jean and Marché au Poissons in a welcoming, sparkling and magical atmosphere typical of festivals at this time of year.

Eyes won't know where to turn in this magical, illuminated and sound-filled setting featuring a wide range of fun activities (including street theatre, music bands, puppets etc.). Keen to find out what's going on and what there is to taste, parents will be walking through the biggest Christmas market in Belgium with its 240 stalls set up around the Bourse, and the Marché aux Poissons, going through the Place Sainte Catherine, which will accommodate the guest of honour of "Plaisirs d'hiver".


There will be fun for the kids too, as they discover the pleasures of skating on the ice rink. Some unusual ice skating manoeuvres are sure to be on show! In 2003, English tour operators ranked the Brussels Christmas market the "most original" in Europe. Nor can you fault their choice when you see the magnificent and illuminated big wheel that dominates the festival. The lights also help direct revellers as they saunter around the festival route, taking in the traditional and cultural activities that will brighten up the town centre until the last day of the year. There really are lots of fun things to do in Brussels at winter time.…


The Winter Wonders are also:

  • 38 days of magic,
  • the largest Christmas market of Belgium,
  • 300 Christmas trees,
  • Choral societies and DJ's,
  • 105 tons of ice,
  • 2 km of luminous course,
  • hot drinks, tartiflettes and plaizierke,
  • 240 country local cottages and international craftsmen,
  • magic horse-gears and a mosntre of the ices,
  • a skating rink of 1050 square km,
  • a track of toboggan and a circuit for electric carriers,
  • a majestic christmas tree of 18 m top,
  • amazing ices sculptors,
  • 280 hours fairy-like lightening


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