Christmas markets in Brussels 2018

Belgium is known for fantastic beer, chocolate, and their waffles. But, have you ever considered traveling to Brussels for the purpose of enjoying the cities amazing Christmas markets?

While the most famous Christmas market in London is called Winder Wonderland, the main Christmas market in Brussels is named Winter Wonders. In 2018, this winter wonder will open its doors on November 30th, and they will remain open until January 6th in 2019.

Christmas markets in Brussels
Christmas markets in Brussels – by CRM / Shutterstock

The main location for the Winter Wonders (the Christmas market) is the Grand Place in the heart of the city, but you can also find it elsewhere. Very close to the Grand Place, the Bourse can be found, and here you can find some of the other parts of the market. If you visit the Place de la Monnaie, the Place Sainte-Catherine and the Marché aux Poissons, you will be able to enjoy the other parts of the winter wonder in Brussels.

All in all, the Winter Wonders in Brussels gives you more than 200 stalls from which you can buy all sorts of Christmas products. Not only can you buy Christmas presents, but you can find all sorts of souvenirs, and of course, lots of chocolate and snacks to eat and drink. There will also be a small amusement park in which you can enjoy a big Ferris wheel, an ice skating rink, a carousel, and beautiful light shows at the Grand Place.

What are you waiting for? Shouldn’t you be booking those plane tickets to Brussels already?

If you come, make sure to look around in our Brussels Guide for even more information about events in Brussels, attractions in Brussels, recommended programs in Brussels, and much more! And do not forget, there is much more to Belgium than Brussels only. A visit to the city of Brugge can warmly recommended if you first visit the country.

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Public screening of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Brussels

The FIFA World Cup is approaching, and in a football-loving country like Belgium, people are getting excited. But, where can you watch the World Cup outdoors in Brussels?

fifa world cup in brusselsAccording to an article posted on April 2018, there will be no public screenings of the FIFA World Cup in Brussels. Due to fear of terrorist attacks, they do not want large crowds to gather together on locations hard to secure for the police. But, there are some exceptions. The Edmond Machtens Stadium will be a place people can go to watch the football matches outdoor. This facility is easier to control, and thus people can watch the FIFA World Cup matches on a giant screen inside the stadium. Another place deemed suitable for the FIFA World Cup is Place du Miroir. The square is a bit outside the city center, but you can easily get there using public transportation.

Belgium is one of the big outsiders in front of the tournament, and the people of Belgium hope that their players can make it all the way to the big final. Belgium will play in Group G, and they will play against Panama (June 18th), Tunisia (June 23rd), and England (June 28th). This is considered an easy group, and everyone expects the last match against England to be the match that decides which nation will win the group, England or Belgium. You can see a full FIFA World Cup schedule and information on how to stream the event online here.

We will cheer for Belgium, and hopefully, De Bruyne, Lukaku, and the other Belgian heroes will bring gold and glory back to the nations as the World Cup is finished on July 15th.



Shakira in Antwerpen 2017

Shakira Belgium 2017On November 12th, that is on a beautiful Sunday in 2017, Shakira will visit Belgium and the city of Antwerpen. Are you ready for a day-trip to Antwerpen from Brussels to listen to the most famous Shakira songs?

Shakira will arrive in Antwerpen from Paris, a city in which she will perform twice. In Antwerpen, she will only perform once (unfortunately), but at least she will come. There are lots of nations in Europe that Shakira will not visit (for example all the Scandinavian nations), so we are lucky just to get one concert. Antwerpen is a city that you can easily travel to with train from Belgium, thus making this a perfect day-trip opportunity.

The concert will be arranged in Sportpaleis in Antwerpen, and it will start at 18.30. That is perfect, as the concert will then end quite early, making it easy to get back to Brussels again in the evening using the railway system.

Would you like to visit Antwerpen and go to the Shakira concert? You can buy tickets for the event using the link beneath. Don’t you have the chance to visit Antwerpen on November 12th? You could consider a day-trip to Amsterdam on November 14th instead.

Shakira Antwerpen 2017

November 12th, 18.30

Tickets: Viagogo

Find out more Brussels and the most important sights and attractions in the city here in our Brussels Guide!

Christmas markets in Brussels 2017

Brussels is one of the most amazing cities to visit before Christmas. The city is illuminated with magnificent lights, and it simply feels like a winter wonder. No wonder why the locals call the Christmas markets in Brussels Winter Wonders!

Unfortunately, Brussels has experienced some unfortunate incidents in the past, and for that reason, the Christmas markets in 2016 had to close down for a while. Hopefully, 2017 will be a year of peace and joy, and thus visitors to Brussels can fully enjoy the Christmas markets and the wonders of Christmas, without any fear and trouble.

Winter Wonders will be arranged between November 24th and December 31st in 2017, and it is an event that will color the entire city center of Brussels.

Winter Wonders in Brussels

As we already mentioned the whole inner city will turn into a big Christmas market in Brussels in the period of Winter Wonders. Beneath you can take a look at the detailed map which will show you exactly where the largest and most important markets can be found.

Christmas market map

We hope you will have a fantastic Christmas and an enjoyable trip to the Christmas markets in Brussels. Would you like to experience even more Christmas markets in Europe in 2017? Why not visit Prague and go to the amazing Christmas markets at the Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square?

For more information about Brussels and other programs and activities worth checking out in the Belgian capital, look around here in our Brussels Guide.

Andrea Bocelli in Antwerpen 2018

Andrea Bocelli concert in AntwerpenOn January 20th you can enjoy cold weather and a fantastic atmosphere in Sportpaleis if you decide to visit Antwerpen. Andrea Bocelli will come to town, and even though it might be minus degree and a cold win, your heart will get warm as you listen to the beautiful voice of Mr. Bocelli.

It is very typical for big artists to visit Antwerpen and to have their concerts their, instead of coming to Brussels. But, if you are used to traveling a bit, that should not cause any trouble. You can get from Brussels to Antwerpen in about one hour, and if you live in a big city, you probably know that you can easily spend the same amount of time in your car within your own city boundaries on a day with much traffic and lines. So, jump on the train and travel to Antwerpen and enjoy the Andrea Bocelli concert on January 20th in 2018.

Andrea Bocelli Antwerpen 2018

January 20th, 20.00

Tickets: Viagogo

Did you know that Andrea Bocelli is a real Saturday person? Almost all his concerts are arranged on Saturdays, and unlike most other artists doing concerts every day throughout the week, Bocelli normally only perform on Saturdays. If you click the ticket link above and search for Andrea Bocelli, you will soon realize this yourself.

If you would rather listen to Andrea Bocelli in Prague in May and go to the annual Czech Beer festival as well, read more about those programs in the Prague Guide.