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What to do in Brussels in December?

What to do in Brussels in December?
Brussels Christmas Market (c) Photo press kit loisirsdhiver.be

Updated on December 25, 2023 by pierre

In Brussels at Christmas? Here are our top things to do in the capital in December

For the pleasures of young and old, the city of Brussels will sing different districts of Brussels in December. The time when Christmas markets were only about mulled wine in Brussels is over. This year on the program await you sounds & lights, food trucks, concerts, entertainment, ice rinks, concerts exhibitions and many others. If every year, 3 million people join the Christmas market in Brussels, it's because it's worth the effort

Don't miss seeing Brussels in December! Here are the best activities not to be missed with friends or family:

1. The Christmas market with more than 200 chalets

Like every year, Winter Wonders arrive in Brussels with their Christmas magic. From November 24 to 31 December 2023,  to participate. If you don't know the winter fun, it's the big end-of-year holiday market. This will take place mainly in the center of Brussels.

The places not to be missed are:

  • Place Saint-Catherine: the main part of the Brussels Christmas market. Dozens of chalets await you with savory and sweet dishes. You will also find original gifts ready to offer for Christmas. For the happiness of the children, here is the Ferris Wheel that made the trip. Also, a merry-go-round will be present
  • The Brussels Stock Exchange: here await you illuminations and many chalets ready to treat you with Christmas dishes.
  • Currency Square: this square in Brussels in December will take on the appearance of after-ski village. Expect to find some artificial curling rinks. For après-ski, chalets offer typical dishes and drinks such as mulled wine and raclette.
  • Place de Brouckere you will find there in december many Christmas chalets as well as terraces. In short here, a warm and friendly Christmas market. This part of the Christmas market opens later than December, and is extended until Sunday 8 January.
  • The Black Tower if you don't know this place, we told you about it in a dedicated article hidden and unusual places in BrusselsIt is located right next to the Sainte-Catherine church. If formerly it was a tavern, in December, in Brussels, this one does honor to Canada. On the program: Poutine and Quebec choirs
Brussels Christmas Market (c) Christmas Market Press Kit
Brussels Christmas Market (c) Christmas Market Press Kit

2. Take (the big kids) ice skating and rides

Locate the various external sites with Christmas entertainment that will delight (big) children: the merry-go-rounds, the Ferris wheel and the ice skating rink are waiting for you!

Christmas Manege in Brussels (c) Photo Press Kit Winter Pleasure

3. See Manneken-Piss in his best Christmas costume

If you have never heard of Ket de Bruxelles, we have an article specially dedicated to this little guy. If you have already seen it, do not hesitate to get lost in the alleys of the center of Brussels in December to find it.

Manneken Pis in December in Brussels (c) Photo Pierre Halleux
Manneken Pis in December in Brussels (c) Photo Pierre Halleux

4. See the Grand-Place by night with sound & light

You have probably already seen the Grand-Place in Brussels. However, have you ever seen her in her Christmas clothes? Nothing but the Sapin, its&light is worth it. To do during the day, but also at night!

Ferris Wheel Brussels Christmas Market (c) Photo press kit loisirsdhiver.be
Ferris Wheel Brussels Christmas Market (c) Photo press kit loisirsdhiver.be

5. The Winter Pops in the 3 districts of the City of Brussels

This year 2023 will be the Sixth edition of WINTER POP. For 3 weekends (that of December 2-4, December 9-11 and December 16-18), Christmas trailers will be waiting for you in three districts of Brussels:

  • Neder-Over-Heembeek,
  • Square Ambiorix
  • Laeken.

The magic of end-of-year weekend celebrations will therefore be enchanted by this a host of festive activities on offer. Local associations will join the party with quite talented artists. The animation will delight young and old.

Winter Pop Brussels Christmas Market (c) Photo press kit loisirsdhiver.be
Winter Pop Brussels Christmas Market (c) Photo press kit loisirsdhiver.be

6. Wonder Woods - Bois de la Cambre

From the beginning of December (from 2 December at 8 January), the Bois de la Cambre awaits you with its great program and festive atmosphere. A great program for young and old: music, Chalet Robinson, rink exterior, Theatre of pocket, light decorations, toys in XXL version. If it's cold, mulled wines will obviously be there and sweet snack-dirty for the greediest. A promenade to be done on foot, by scooter or by cuistax will allow you to join the various activities.

Brussels Christmas Market 2022 - Bois de la cambre (c) Photo Plaisirdhivers.be
Brussels Christmas Market 2022 – Bois de la Cambre (c) Photo Plaisirdhivers.be

7. Do the Fever activities and exhibition

Fever Organize full of exhibitions and activities not to be missed at the end of the year in Brussels. We've tested

Also find many other events here.

Spirit of the North - In Brussels
Spirit of the North – In Brussels

pierre

Barely a foot in the Belgian capital, Pierre launches "InsideBrussels.be", the idea is simple: "What to do? Where to go eat or have a drink?" Entrepreneur at heart, this is not his first project! Far from there. Like wine, with time the project improves! Pierre does not hesitate to share his favorites and his best addresses of Brussels restaurants that he could recommend to you with his eyes closed.