From 30 November 2012 to 06 January 2013 www.winterwonders.be
Where: between the Bourse, Grand Place, Place Sainte
Catherine & Marché Aux Poisons
Open: 30 Nov 2012 - 06 Jan 2013; Mon-Thu: 12:00–21:00,
Fri-Sun: 12:00–22:00, 24 Dec & 31 Dec 11:00 -18:00, 25 Dec 12:00 –
To celebrate the Christmas and New Year
holidays and their special warm, colourful, gastronomic and festive atmosphere,
the City of Brussels will again be hosting Winter
Wonders. Along an illuminated
walking route of more than two kilometres, the project brings together all the
cultural, traditional and fun activities scattered between the Place St. Jean
and the Marché aux Poissons.
Lumiere on the Grand’Place
During the 2012/2013 of Winter Wonders, the public can
discover the entirely new permanent lighting display in the Grand Place. It
will be unveiled during the opening of the event.
Discover a musical and illuminated
fairyland, which quite literally immerses spectators in the heart of Christmas
magic, against the backdrop of the ‘most beautiful theatre in the world’. It
features a magnificent sound and light show that lights up the skies of our
dark winter days. You are sure to be enchanted!
Market: festive handicrafts, gastronomy and activities
Belgium’s largest Christmas market, made
up of 240 chalets located around the Bourse (Stock Exchange) and on the Marché
aux Poissons. Belgian artisans and those from abroad offer their specialities,
original gifts and tasteful decorations. The atmosphere is enhanced by
frequently organised activities – with street artists, brass bands, processions
on foot, choirs and amusement rides for the kids. A guest of honour (a city,
country or region) traditionally occupies Place Ste. Catherine to present its handicrafts,
gastronomy, culture and so on.
and sledding track - Vismarkt
(fish market), Marché Aux Poissons
30 Nov 2012 – 06 Jan 2013
11:00–22:00, (24 Dec & 31 Dec 11:00 – 18:00, 25 Dec & 01 Jan from
Covering an area of more than 1,000 square
metres and able to accommodate up to 300 people, the Winter Wonders skating
rink is open every day on the Marché aux Poissons to welcome visitors who enjoy
thrills and a few spills. The youngest have their very own skating rink. More
than 45,000 delighted skaters glided across the rink in 2008. The Wall Street
Journal even awarded the venue a ‘gold medal’ for the quality of its ice, after
a panel of judges had looked at all the open-air rinks in Europe.
Adults: €6/hour, Under 12yrs: €4/hour and €1 for every
15 minutes extra, admission includes skate hire.
Move between the event’s various main
areas by walking along an illuminated route, featuring a sound system and
enlivened by street artists. To guide the visitor, there are arches and other
illuminated totems marking the walk.
and Winter Wonders
Entitles holders to get into 30 Brussels
museums and to travel for free on the city’s public transport, plus discounts
in some restaurants, shops and tourist attractions, as well as four special
offers to make the very most of Winter Wonders (two hot drinks for the price of
one in the brasserie, half-price entry to the skating rink, a ride on the Big
Wheel for the child rate, and 25% off all Winter Wonders souvenirs). www.brusselscard.be
The information about these markets is provided for your convenience by Tourism Flanders-Brussels. We have been unable to verify the information with the organiser of the market.
Please note this information may be subject to change so we always advise checking the information before visiting.