2014 Christmas Market in Brussels

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.

Shop window in the Galeries Royales St. Hubert

Shop window in the Galeries Royales St. Hubert

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.

Galeries Royales St. Hubert

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 famous Art nouveau lamp

The famous Art nouveau lamp

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 Grand-Place in Brussels; Light show time

The Grand-Place in Brussels; Light show time

The Christmas tree placed in the Grand-Place came from Riga and it is a gift from the cultural capital of Europe in 2014.

The Grand-Place in Brussels; The Christmas tree from Riga, Latvia

The Grand-Place in Brussels; The Christmas tree from Riga, Latvia

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.

Traditional Christmas lights decorating a tree in the Marché de l'Agora

Traditional Christmas lights decorating a tree in the Marché de l’Agora

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.

Traditional Russian dolls

Traditional Russian dolls

The Place Sainte-Catherine actually hosts most of the attractions including most of the chalets and the “London eye” of the place.

The London-eye of Brussels

The London-eye of Brussels

This year the City of Quebec is the main guest of the event. The organisers installed a special snowball that shows images of Quebec.

The making of pink cotton candy

The making of pink cotton candy

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.

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