Visiting Brussels’ Christmas Market has been one of our favourite moments at Christmas. For the past 15 years, each annual event has had different themes and special attractions.
Spending about five hours to walk and watch each of the attractions is the right choice for burning an important number of calories, after enjoying the rich Christmas meals.
We started our walk from the Galeries Royales St. Hubert.
The reason of crossing the galleries was to see again the Art nouveau giant lamp installed on the ceiling of a chocolate shop. The lamp gets its right place among the Christmas decorations.
The Grand-Place again impresses its visitors with a new light and sound arrangements, highlighting the buildings’ architectural style. The light show is produced with about 1,600 rails and LED spots illuminating the square.
The Christmas tree placed in the Grand-Place came from Riga and it is a gift from the cultural capital of Europe in 2014.
We got stuck while crossing the place as it was Christmas day and, in addition to local people, a lot of tourists wanted to enjoy the show.
Next we saw the chalets, little wood mini-houses, installed around the Bourse. We did not go to the Place de la Monnaie for skating. This is in our plans for the next days.
The Place Sainte-Catherine actually hosts most of the attractions including most of the chalets and the “London eye” of the place.
This year the City of Quebec is the main guest of the event. The organisers installed a special snowball that shows images of Quebec.
Christmas market is also about tasting a large variety of traditional meals and drinks. There were people enjoying snails, oysters, raclette, churros, pancakes, sausages, burgers, cotton candy, beer, mulled wine, candy apples, maple syrup and many, many others.