Brussels Christmas Market : A Complete Guide

Brussels Christmas Market is one of the most popular Christmas Markets in Belgium and welcomes 3.5 million visitors every year. This article serves as your practical guide to make the most of your visit to the Brussels Christmas Market.

Practical Information

NameWinter Wonders (English) / Plaisirs d’Hiver (French) / Winterpret (Dutch)
PeriodFrom November 24, 2023 to December 31, 2023
WhereSeveral places in Brussels city center, including Grand Place, Boulevard Anspach, Place Sainte-Catherine and Place De Brouckère


Christmas Tree

Christmas Market in Brussels
(c) Milo Profi

The Winter Wonders festival has something that really shows its special feeling, and that’s its famous tree.

This tree will be put up in the middle of the Grand Place, right next to the traditional nativity scene. It was cut down on November 16 in Raeren, which is in the German-speaking part of the country. Then, on November 17 starting from 6 in the morning, they will stand it up on the Grand-Place and decorate it a few days later on November 19.

The tree will light up for the first time on November 25 during a special event at 6 in the evening.

Christmas Markets

You can enjoy more than 240 chalets (traditional style stores) of sweet and savoury foods, beers and wines, and local crafts on a 2.5 km route in the center of Brussels, including Vismet/Place Sainte-Catherine, Bourse, Place de la Monnaie, Place De Brouckère.

There are recommendations you should try in Christmas Markets in Belgium;)

  • Belgian Waffles: Indulge in the iconic Belgian waffles, served warm and crispy with an assortment of toppings. From whipped cream and chocolate drizzles to fresh berries and powdered sugar, these waffles are a true Belgian delight.
  • Chocolate-Covered Treats: Belgium is renowned for its high-quality chocolates. Try chocolate-covered strawberries, marshmallows, or pralines – all made with the finest Belgian chocolate.
  • Mulled Wine (Glühwein): Warm up with a cup of mulled wine, a spiced and heated red wine that’s perfect for winter. It’s often infused with cinnamon, cloves, and citrus, creating a comforting and festive beverage.
  • Belgian Fries (Frites): Don’t miss the chance to taste authentic Belgian fries. Served in cones with a variety of dipping sauces, these crispy fries are a must-try street food.
  • Poutine: If you visit the Black Tower area, you might encounter the legendary Canadian dish, poutine. Fries topped with cheese curds and gravy make for a hearty and flavorful treat.
  • Traditional Belgian Stew: Warm yourself with a hearty bowl of traditional Belgian stew. Made with tender meat, vegetables, and rich flavors, it’s a comforting dish for colder days.
  • Gluhjenever: This is a unique twist on traditional mulled wine. Gluhjenever is a hot gin-based drink infused with spices, perfect for keeping you warm as you explore the market.
  • Craft Beers: Brussels offers a variety of local and Belgian craft beers. Look for cozy spots, like the Stella Pavilion, to enjoy a pint of local brew in the festive atmosphere.
  • Oysters: Oysters can be found at the Brussels Christmas Market, particularly in the Vismet/Place Sainte-Catherine area. Combination Oyster platter and white wine is popular for these markets.

Sound and Light show

Christmas Market in Brussels
(c) Visit Brussels – Eric Danhier

The Winter Wonders festival presents Sound and Light show at Grand Place everyday (From Monday to Thursday every hour, Friday to Sunday every 30 minutes). This show will be full of amazing sights and sounds, celebrating the diversity that connects us through the music we all love.

Ice Skating Rink

Christmas Market in Brussels
(c) Visit Flanders

The large 800m² track is completely covered by a transparent roof. Professional skaters provide supervision for a safe experience. There is also a 60m² area for children for safe first steps on the ice.

Place Sainte-Catherine and Vismet

Christmas Market in Brussels Place Sainte-Catherine - Sint-Katelijneplein
(c) Visit Brussels – Eric Danhier

During the period, Place Sainte-Catherine/Vismet becomes a hub of activity with numerous chalets offering unique sweet and savory treats and gifts. Visitors can also enjoy fun attractions like the Giant Wheel and rides.

Andrea’s Merry-Go-Rounds are classic must-see, these rides feature handmade fantastic characters from the poetic world of Jules Verne.

Winter Vox (choirs)

Every Saturday and Sunday, both professional and amateur choirs will offer recitals featuring Christmas songs, gospel, sacred songs or a more pop and contemporary repertoire.

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How this Christmas Market called in local language?

The Brussels Christmas Market is often called Plaisirs d’Hiver (French) or Winterpret (Dutch).