Winter in Brussels

Say good-bye to those New Year blues, Brussels has put the win back into winter.

  • #MyBirthdayInBrussels

    Celebrate your birthday in Brussels with 9 of your friends!
    From December 8 to January 3, 2016; staying at a hotel in Brussels can bring you an unusual birthday gift: an unforgettable holiday for 10 people, including an overnight stay, an exceptional dinner on board of the Tram Experience, Brussels´ Cards and free access to Brussels public transport network for you and nine of your friends.
    10 packages will be offered.  More information

  • Christmas Markets

    Winter in Brussels is a pleasure and always will be! This year more than ever, getting ready for Christmas in Brussels means visiting its (Christmas) markets where you can find goods from around the world:
    traditional items, handicrafts and gourmet food await you all over Brussels, nestling in the warmth of the market stalls. From the heart of the city and the cobbles of its Grand-Place to the paths of its green districts under the charming fairy-tale castle, you will find yourself whisked away to Finland, and Tunisia; from alternative to vintage, the markets are open to everyone…

    Winter Wonders @Brussels (27/11/2015 -> 03/01/2016)

    Credit where credit is due, the beating heart of Brussels contains Winter Wonders and their cosy cabins. On foot, by bicycle or on the metro, experience the gentle vertigo of the big wheel, seek out the chilly pleasures of the ice rink, find all those must-have gifts, taste the delicious mulled wine, experience the aromas and flavours of here and everywhere.
    Tunisia will go all out, hosting a banquet to honour its place as the guest country. A perfect tribute to its recent Nobel Peace Prize.
    A meeting at the Grand-Place is a feast for the eyes that will leave you feeling 21 metres tall like the majestic pines from our Belgian forests, and dazzle you with sound and light.
    http://winterwonders.be/

    Karreveld Castle @ Brussels (11 -> 13/12/2015)

    This majestic castle awaits you, and between its opening parade, craftsmen´s and artists' stalls and colourful fireworks, you'll feel like a king or queen for the weekend
    www.lamaison1080hethuis.be

    Nocturnes Blanches Bailli -Châtelain @ Ixelles (17 -> 19/12/2015)

    The Châtelain district will be ablaze with a myriad lights to bring you unforgettable evenings: a Christmas market at the La Quincaillerie restaurant, a gigantic Christmas tree, mimes and light jugglers… Plus beauty workshops, a DJ evening and a contest for the most beautiful white window dressing.
    www.nocturnesblanches.be

    by all / for all

    Christmas business associations and sheltered workshops where everyone can finds a place.
    These different craftsmen will share their creations and know-how with you.

    CITECO and Escale associations @ Schaerbeek (04 -> 06/12/2015)

    For gifts and a fantastic time, with an unforgettable Brussels gourmand experience, check out the stoemp truck!
    www.facebook.com/events/526100080885774/

    Facere asbl @ Anderlecht (12/12/2015)

    A place in the "great heart" of Brussels ready to receive you with arms open wide and gifts filling the stands. A gourmet break with home-made foie gras and a medieval bar are will be on the itinerary here… And for the greatest gourmands – a detour to the nearby Neuhaus chocolate factory shop is a must!

    www.facere.be/evenements/marche-de-noel-2016/

    Everywhere…

    Finland @ Brussels (02  -> 06/12/2015 & 09 -> 13/12/2015)

    The country of Father Christmas and its unique curiosities are waiting to be discovered: crafts and textiles, candles and decorations. Don't leave without trying the famous salmon soup… And the reindeer snacks!

    www.belgia.merimieskirkko.fi

    Keep warm...

    Christmas Market @ Brussels (03 -> 06/12/2015)

    To celebrate its 20-year anniversary, the largest indoor Christmas market in Brussels at Place Flagey has prepared a selection of original gifts for you, along with its delicacies and entertainment: sculpture on ice and story-telling by Maureen Dor! It is a magical experience…
    www.ixelles.irisnet.be/site/agenda.php?evenId=14030

    Xmas Festival @ Woluwé-St-Pierre (09 -> 20/12/2015)

    A Christmas market that's like a Russian matryoshka doll: start with a few cosy days blanketed by the warmth of the market tents, then venture out and tour the cabins around the emblematic Place Dumon, which will sparkle with a thousand lights to liven up your Christmas shopping. Top it all off with a festival of the visual arts and some riotous revelry featuring famous names like Maureen Dor, the winners of the Prix Rossel and even Father Christmas in person!
    www.xmasfestival.be

    Alternative, ethical, vintage

    Christmas Market of the Tanners Workshops @ Brussels (12  -> 13/12/2015)

    A Christmas Market unlike the rest, which transports you into a fairytale universe.
    Craftsmen and creators bring objects to life or work on recyclable materials.
    Ecology, nature, denizens of the world, slow living... Food trucks and a relaxation area.
    www.recreationhall.net

    La Tricoterie Christmas craft market @ Saint-Gilles (13 & 20/12/2015)

    Come visit the third edition of the La Tricoterie Christmas Craft Market at Saint Gilles. A fair trade market that supports local craftsmen.
    Some twenty exhibitors will warmly welcome you to discover recycled fashion jewellery, textile creations for children and adults, original lights, craft decorations, leather accessories, fair trade clothes… and don't forget to enjoy the traditional brunch while you're there, as well as the different Sunday entertainment options.
    www.tricoterie.be/Marche-de-Noel-429

    Vintage Christmas Edition of the Os à Moelle@ Schaerbeek (06/12/2015)

    Dans ce mythique cabaret bruxellois, un concept, et 2 déclinaisons: d'une part un marché de créateurs d'inspiration vintage, d'autre part des exposants de vêtements, vaisselle, déco, vinyles, …  sortant tout droit des années 50' à 90'.
    www.osamoelle.be

    Pop-up Store du Musée Art & Marges @ Brussels  (02/12 18:00)

    Looking for original out of the box gift ideas? Come to the Pop Up store if this Museum of Outsider Art!
    www.facebook.com/events/1730523413842124/

    Etsy BXL : Artisan Christmas Market @ Brussels (06/12, 14:00 >21:00)

    Come to the first edition of the Etsy Xmas Market and find some truly cool design and handmade items like embroidery, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, indie fashion... You can also meet all the creators who also will answer any questions about their craft and selling on Etsy.
    www.facebook.com/events/968328563205768/

    Micro Christmas Market @ Bruxelles (12 & 13/12 - 14:00 - 22:00)

    MicroMarché & Restart are back with their annual Christmas Creators Market! On the menu: a market by 15 creators, artists, designers, workshops for all ages (silkscreen, recycle art...), exhibitions & installations,  live music from 8 pm till 10 pm, live painting, FabLab demonstrations and last but not least delicious homemade food.
    www.facebook.com/events/544323499052600/

    Le Phare du Kanaal - Xmas Market @ Molenbeek (12/12  - 11:00 > …)

    Le Phare is pleased to welcome you Saturday the 12th of December to its first Xmas Market ! You will be invited to hang out in Le Phare co-working space converted for the event in a real Market of talented and passionate Creators. Le Phare's restaurant will be open from 10am and at 11am we will make the Christmas Christmas Brunch! Think to book a table!
    www.facebook.com/events/1660720510843086/

    Christmas Designers Market @ Halles Saint Géry (13/12 - 12:00 > 19:00)

    The best place to find unique and original gifts for your friends and family! Join us in the magical Christmas atmosphere of the beautiful Halles Saint Géry for a cosi afternoon dedicated to original designers. Expect more than 50 designers in this free indoor market with food, drinks, and music & vinyl selection by Donna Camillo!
    www.facebook.com/events/515779581915778

    X-Mas Shop @ Brussels (04 -> 24/12, 13:00>19:00 ; opening party 03/12 18:00)

    X-mas shop is an alternative market bringing together designers proposing a selection of their work for sale to celebrate the end of the year.
    An opportunity for your own pleasure and to find that original gift.
     www.facebook.com/events/913210262090888/

  • Shows

    Christmas Festival at the theatre@ Brussels Rideau (26 -> 30/12/2015)

    Between Christmas and the New Year, the Rideau Theatre offers young spectators and their parents a place to rendezvous for a bountiful festival. Shows and readings in a warm gourmet atmosphere. 'Cougnou' and hot chocolate will be served!

    www.rideaudebruxelles.be/les-tournees/3-programmation/496-2015-04-22-12-37-47

    “Le Père Noël est une ordure” @ Royal Circus of Brussels (17/03/2016)

    By the Palmade troupe - Staged by Pierre Palmade

    35 years after the creation of this cult play, the 6 authors of the merry theatre troupe Le Splendid have entrusted Pierre Palmade with reviving THE legendary play “Le Père Noël est une ordure” in Brussels. And it's no wonder Pierre had this idea as the show is delightfully jubilant!

    www.c-live.be/artists/90-la-troupe-palmade

  • Concerts

    New Year Concert (05/01/2016)

    For one evening, Strauss is invited to the Brussels Royal Conservatory!
    The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra invites you to its New Year Concert in the purest Viennese tradition.
    A treat for the eyes too, as Jean-Louis Danvoye's mime will join us for the evening. Will he talk? Won't he talk? Come and find out on 5th January!
    www.aude-musique.com/#!nouvel-an-2016/cee5

    Christmas Concert of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (18/12/2015)

    There are no Christmas parties without music and this emblematic Brussels orchestra will bring joy to the heart at the Royal Conservatory. Let yourself be drawn into a melodic whirlwind of popular music that will have you humming for days, a clear sign of happiness!
    www.bpho.be/concerts/2015-2016/concert-de-noel/

    Christmas Concert of the Young Singers of the School of Saint-Pierre (11/12/2015)

    A veritable musical institution, the Petits Chanteurs du Collège Saint-Pierre (Young Singers of the School of Saint-Pierre) are admired in Belgium and abroad by lovers of music and of beauty alike.
    Come share in the magic of Christmas in the company of these young boys with their pure voices. Accompanied by the Brussels Orchestral Ensemble in the prestigious and charming Cambre Abbey!
    http://www.ixelles.be/site/agenda.php?evenId=13645

    Christmas Concert of the Cathedral of Saints Michel et Gudule in Brussels (08/12/2015)

    The Petit Sablon ensemble, celebrating its 10th anniversary, invites you to a great Handel concert at the Cathedral of Saints Michel et Gudule in Brussels. Around twenty musicians and 30 choir singers will regale you with incredibly moving moments
    www.lepetitsablon.be

  • Guided tours

    Winter Wonders guided tours 1h

    Tour of the Vismet and Sainte-Catherine districts in a festive Christmas atmosphere
    Between merry-go-rounds and mulled wine, discover Winter Wonders district. Among the snowy stalls, scents, lights and music of the marketplace, discover a district where the big historical roads of the city come together and put Brussels on the world map.
    http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_fr/minisite_guided-tours/content/35667/visites-guidees-plaisirs-d-hiver-fr-en-et-nl.do

    Delicious New Year's traditions @ Brussels (06 -> 20/12/2015)

    From Saint Catherine to Epiphany, the warm festivities come in quick succession and help us forget the rigours of winter... To rediscover the meaning of winter traditions, to see their history and to decipher the symbols: the little pig in pink marzipan, the bogeyman, the Yule log... and to sample a few delights... make this a joyful journey through a Brussels decked in all her best finery … and filled with tasty little morsels!

    http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_fr/minisite_guided-tours/guided_tour/8255/delicieuses-traditions-de-fin-d-annee.do

  • Favourites

    The "Winter in Brussels" Discount Card

    This winter Brussels is in the spirit of giving! With the "Winter in Brussels" card you can take advantage of a wide range of discounts. You’ll get the privilege of special prices for the fabulous "Christmas Lights" show at the Stock Exchange, the Big Wheel, the Ice Rink, the "Pop Art in Belgium" exhibition, Europalia's "Anatolia" at Bozar, the brand new ADAM museum in Heysel, and much, much more. You can find the card in our visit.brussels shops at a (very) modest €6!

    Happy Brussels 2015!

    Le 31 décembre, Happy Brussels va vous faire passer d'une fête délirante à l’autre jusqu’au bout de la nuit bruxelloise.
    Pour à peine 60€, le NYE Party Pass, vous emmène dans un voyage insomniaque à travers Bruxelles. Balkan, hip-hop, house, techno, soirée gay, Happy Brussels vous ouvre les portes du Fuse, du You Night Club, de Madame Moustache, du Wood, Club La Vilaine et bien d'autres...
    Et pour 20€ de plus, bénéficiez de tous les avantages de la Brussels Card 24H : visites gratuites de 30 grands musées bruxellois, réductions dans des attractions, des magasins, des restaurants et de nombreux bars. Vive la fête à Bruxelles !
    www.happy.brussels

    Christmas on Ice @ Ice Skating Poseidon

    The charm of Christmas in Brussels includes the skating rink, which becomes a magical setting with the children's garden open every day during the Christmas holidays (until 5:30 pm).

    Skate in a festive atmosphere and try some mulled wine, or chocolate, waffles and other little pleasures at the stall beside the rink!

    www.skate-poseidon.be/fr-be/activit%C3%A9s/no%C3%ABl.aspx

    Rond-point Schuman Lights Up!

    Rond-point Schuman, the iconic symbol of Europe, will be illuminated and staged  to  become a pleasant place for celebration from December 3rd to 15th. Fun, events and dreams will be organised to give a festive look to the area, to celebrate the the beginning of the end of everlasting building site.
    Schuman Square Committee, with the support of the European Institutions, Brussels Capital Region, the City of Brussels, the Commissioner for Europe, Embassies, Regional offices, many private sponsors, residents, restaurants and businesses, will create a magical space and organise a collection of themed events and cultural activities to transform Rond Point Schuman into a new exceptional showcase for the European Quarter.
    http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm?id=4843&agendaid=5107