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Brussels Christmas Market

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Long chilly winter nights don’t sound like much fun until you wrap them up warm in Christmas cheer – which is pretty much what happened to Brussels as well. The Bourse, usually the home of the stock exchange, sees a sudden invasion of wooden chalets which spring up at the end of November and grow quickly outwards towards the Place St. Catherine and the Fish Markets where they spill onto a huge skating rink. Inside the chalets all kinds of Christmas treats are waiting for your perusal, all dressed in dazzling lights.

It wouldn’t be a Christmas market without a generously sized tree or a nativity scene – with the added good cheer of the unpredictable behaviour of live farm animals to look forward to.

A cup of gluhwein will maintain your cheer levels as you stroll the brightly lit, newly formed alpine-esque streets, but if you’re heading for the skating rink or the big wheel a hot chocolate may be safer.

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“Brussels Christmas Market 2011 Dates”

The dates for the 2011 Brussels Christmas Market are from 25 November-1 January, 2012.  Read more...

Written by  Sarah Perkins.

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I was in nostalgic about my last visit to Brussels during Christmas - it was great fun over there. I would like to suggest that if you really want to have fun in life then explore Europe in Winter season, specially in the Festive season. I got a short break offer from Eurostar to Brussels as well as to Lille.

It is worth visit to European destinations during Christmas and I really want to go again.

I think some reviewers have mixed up the Brugge Market with the Brussels market. The Big Wheel and the skating rink are at the Brugge market. The Brussels market is located near the Bourse, and has around 40 wooden chalets - not 240.

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I was at the Christmas Market in Brussels this past December 2009 and in 2008. I enjoyed walking past the 240+ chalets which span over four locations in the center of Brussels. The Bourse, The Grand Place, Place Sainte Catherine and Marche aux Poissons (Fish Market). At Marche aux Poissons is where you will find the huge lighted ferris wheel and the ice skating rink. If you would like to see pictures of the beautifully lit ferriswheel and Christmas tree on the ice that I took both years, please visit my site at www.wheresdebbie.shutterfly.com

Eating Out

Anybody able to recommend a good restaurant in Brussels? Preferably typical Belgian food.

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My boyfriend took me to a very tradional Belgian restaurant for my birthday while I was visiting there this past October (2009). The name of the restaurant is "Au Fin de Siecle" Which means "The End of the Century". It was fabulous! If you would like to read more about it please feel free to take a look at this link creativetraveling.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html This was the story I posted on my blog regarding our night out.

James

Hi,

Has anyone been on the big wheel - and if so, could you tell me how the carriages, or "gondolas" work - I would like it to be romantic and just be my girlfriend and I in it and not share it. Is that possible? Would you have to pay for the whole carriage?

Many thanks.

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Hi James, a VIP gondola which holds four adults and comes with a serving of champagne is 75euro - if you want to book ahead.

Many thanks. Would you know how to book ahead? I've tried emailing people on the website ( about booking, www.plaisirsdhiver.be ), but had no response.

Thanks again.

If you know which hotel you're staying in it might be a good idea to give them a call and see if they'll arrange it for you.

brussels christmas markets

is brussels christmas markets. has good has berlin christmas markets or not as good. my gardsons loved it was magical in berlin. if you could let konw brussels or berlin.

Brussels Christmas Market

In Belgium, the first day of December is marked by the opening of the Brussels Christmas Market. Every year this

market draws international crowds looking forward to a variety of activties. The Big Wheel stands tall over the Fishmarket, giving market-goers a panoramic view of the festivities below. Instead of the stalls that you might expect at a typical market, 240 wooden chalets line the city streets, creating the feeling of a bustling Christmas village. The skating rink is a point of pride, large in size and boasting a toddler’s rink and a heated waiting terrace. Nearby, the Grand Place theatre features beautiful and exciting light shows on Saturday evenings.

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