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Unmissable Christmas Events in Brussels for This Year's Festive Season

Brussels Christmas 3 min read , December 2, 2022

As November ended, December is here meaning that Christmas and many other end-of-the-year events have arrived. Brussels has also prepared itself to welcome visitors and locals to a wide range of events and celebrations. Here we will introduce you the some of the events to help you enjoy this year’s last month.

Christmas events Brussels

Brussels' Christmas Festivities

  1. Winter Wonders: Christmas market, Grand Place & others
  2. Harry Potter Forest Experience
  3. Lightopia
  4. Candlelight concerts
  5. Merry Christmas!

Winter Wonders

Winter Wonders is an annual event that starts from the 25th of November until the 1st of January in the city center. This event features the Christmas market with different attractions, a Christmas tree display with a sound and light show at Grand Place, and various cultural and entertaining activities.

Christmas Market Brussels

Christmas market Brussels
Christmas Market

The Christmas market is one the most important event of the year as many people look forward to it. According to last year’s statistics, the annual event attracted approximately 2.5 million visitors. For this year, it is said that over 200 chalets are gonna be displayed showcasing a variety of businesses. The market takes place in 5 different but close locations in the center of Brussels: Saint-Catherine, Bourse, Place de la Monnaie, Place De Brouckère, and Black Tower showcasing different and various businesses as well as attractions like the Ferris wheel, artificial curling rink, ice rink and a cultural exhibition of Québec.

Grand Place Brussels

Grand Place Brussels
Grand-Place during Christmas

At Grand Place, the main square of Brussels, a big decorated Christmas tree is displayed. As well as a 360° show of music and light every hour during business days and every 30 mins during weekends.

Cultural & Entertaining Activities Brussels

Cultural and entertaining activities Brussels
Cultural and entertaining activities in Brussels

There are several other events that are set to take place: comedy shows, live concerts, acoustic sessions, ice skating performances by members of the Cirque du Soleil, and parades. For more information and details on these events click here.

Also, there will be special exhibitions like the “Wardrobe display of Manneken-Pis” or the “Kidorama, 200 of children’s fashion” at the Fashion&Lace museum. So, if you are interested click here for more details and know more about other activities.

Lastly, Bois de la Cambre has arranged a skating rink and light displays to add more magic to the festivity. The forest will welcome you with a skating rink, different chalets with various food and events under the project of Winter Woods.

Harry Potter Forest Experience Brussels

Harry Potter Forest Experience Brussels
Scene Harry Potter Forest experience in Brussels

Harry Potter reminds us of the colder seasons of the year, autumn and winter. Therefore, for the best experience, we would recommend you to go now. The experience is set in the woods of Groenenberg Castle and Domain just a little out of Brussels.

The forest is being set to bring to life the most magical forest scenes as well as creatures giving you the best experience of the magnificent Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. You will get to face fan-known creatures like Hippogriffs, Nifflers, and more. Also, you will get to cast spells and become a wizard yourself as the interactive part of the experience. Click here to get more detailed information about the experience.

Lightopia Brussels

Lightopia Brussels
Lightopia light festival in Brussels

As the light experience has been illuminating people’s Christmas since 2019 in other parts of Europe, for this winter Lightopia has decided to come to Brussels. The grounds of the Castle of Grand-Bigard are exhibiting the fairytale light experience with interactive whimsical installations and displays and a wonderful water show. The festival is taking place from the 18th of November to the 8th of January, so do not miss out on the enchantment. For more information click here.

Candlelight Concerts Brussels

Candlelight concerts Brussels
Candlelight concerts in Brussels

The Candlelight Concerts are classical music renditions of popular music, in a hall decorated full of candles, putting you in an amazing ambiance. For this time of the year, there are a few Christmas-themed concerts taking place. Starting with a popular Christmas song concert on the 15th and 16th of December, then a tribute concert to Nutcracker on the 20th of December. Also, a special Christmas pop music concert on the 22nd of December. If you want to know more click here.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Brussels
Merry Christmas everyone in Brussels

To end this blog, we would like to invite you to join our app UNBLND, through the QR code below, to find your own community and end this year warmly. Although, there were rocky moments this year we hope that you had moments of joy and that the year was not too harsh on you.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Let’s hope next year treats us all kindly :)

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