Christmas markets 2024

Brussels is a city with an extraordinary atmosphere before Christmas. We all know how the Grand Place (Grote Markt) looks stunning all year round. Can you imagine what it looks like with beautiful lights on the different buildings during the Christmas market era before Christmas? The Grand Place isn’t the only location in the city center worth visiting for Christmas market enthusiasts coming to Brussels. The entire city center turns into a gigantic Christmas party with activities for adults and kids, stalls where you can buy presents, and of course, an ideal place for eating and drinking together with locals and internationals.

Do you want to know more about where you find the nicest Christmas markets in Brussels? Would you like to find out when the annual Christmas markets in Brussels will open and close this year? We have all this and much more information in this article!

Christmas markets in Brussels in 2024

When is the main Christmas market in the center of Brussels arranged in 2024?

November 22, 2024 – December 31, 2024
(the dates are not confirmed yet, but this is out estimation based on when it has opened and closed in the previous years).

Those are the dates you have been waiting for. It is time to book a plane ticket and to book a hotel. Would you like a recommendation for where to live? Below you can see a map showing price estimations for hotels and apartments near Grand Place in Brussels. As a result, they are perfect not only for Christmas market shopping, but also for discovering everything that Brussels has to offer of attractions, activities, restaurants, and experiences.


To get exact prices, fill in the dates above or click the different hotels or apartments of interest.

Christmas market brussels

What to expect if you visit the Christmas markets in Brussels?

The streets are filled with stalls and activities during this period. If you want to go ice skating, you will find ice rinks and a curling track at Place De Brouckère and Bois de la Cambre. Every year there is a big Ferris Wheel at Marché aux Poisson. If you don’t go for a ride, you should still take a photo as it looks absolutely stunning in the evening. Kids who want to have fun will for sure enjoy the carousels at Place Sainte-Catherine. At all these locations you will find lots of stalls where you can buy products as well, but the largest gathering of stalls in one place is normally at Place Sainte-Catherine.

There is a big and beautiful Christmas tree at Grand Place, and there is normally a special light show every hour between 17:00 and 22:00.

Below you can see a map presenting how the entire inner city of Brussels turns into a Christmas village, also known as a Winter Wonder, in the period of the Christmas markets.

winter wonder in brussels

Have you enjoyed the Christmas markets in Brussels? Do you want even more?

Christmas markets in Antwerpen and Bruges.

There are two Belgian cities you should visit if you come to Belgium, besides Brussels. Bruges is a fantastic city and it is packed with tourists during the daytime. In the evenings it gets quieter as most tourists are only coming for day trips which means they leave in the afternoon. That makes the Christmas market in Bruges extremely interesting and a bit more quiet than the busy Brussels markets.

The main Christmas market in Bruges is at the main square, and you will find it easily. There are some smaller markets elsewhere in town, but the most important is to walk up and down the city center and enjoy the architecture, the history, and all the delights available at the Christmas markets as you stumble onto them. The Christmas markets in Bruges is normally open from the last week of November until the end of the first week of January.

Bruges Christmas markets in 2024: not confirmed yet

Just like the city of Brussels turn into a giant Christmas market, the same is true about the city of Antwerpen. Here you find hundreds of stalls spread around the city on the large and small squares, accompanied by ice skating rinks, Christmas trees, and beautiful lights. The Christmas market in Antwerpen normally opens in the start of December and remains open until the end of the first week of January.

Antwerpen Christmas markets in 2024: not confirmed yet

What is the most important to eat and drink at Christmas markets in Belgium?

We love Christmas markets, and even though one would think it is all about shopping presents, it is much more about the atmosphere and much more about eating and drinking. So, what should you eat and drink as you walk around looking at the different Christmas market locations in Brussels, Bruges, Antwerpen, or elsewhere in Belgium?

It is quite obvious that you should buy Belgian chocolate at the Christmas markets. You probably know that Belgian chocolate is famous worldwide, meaning that it is ideal for immediate tasting, but also for bringing home to friends and family for Christmas.

But you shouldn’t start with the chocolate, as it is more of a dessert. It might not be traditional Christmas market food, but considering that Belgium is great at seafood, you will actually find seafood at quite a lot of stalls at the different Christmas markets in Belgium. Would you rather eat more traditional Christmas market food? There are lots of sausages (Bratwurst) to choose from, and of course, the famous Belgian french fries.

Are you a fan of cheese? You must definitely try the raclette sandwich. Eat a fresh baguette with lots of delicious melted cheese in the middle. It feels like heaven on earth!

When it is time for dessert, why don’t you eat some world-famous waffles, or would you rather have a pancake (crepes) packed with Nutella? Or just some basic Belgian chocolate? A last suggestion is to taste the local Croustillons (oliebollen). These are small sweet balls reminding of donuts, but looking more rustic. On the inside of these balls, you sometimes find raisins or fruits. There are lots of options, so bring enough money to taste it all!

After eating all this, you are probably thirsty. The most popular Christmas market drink is the glühwein, but the Belgians also love their local jenever, a gin served cold. Don’t worry, with 35% alcohol it still warms your body!

Are you ready to enjoy the Christmas markets in Brussels and elsewhere in Belgium now? If you have further comments or questions, use the comment field below!

Top events in Brussels in 2015

What are the best events in Brussels in 2015? In this short article we will introduce you to the best programs in Brussels.
Brussels 2015
Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and it is among the most exciting and colourful cities in Europe. Through the whole year multiple programs and activities are waiting for the visitors from the various concerts, festivals to the most interesting exhibitions. So in this article we will list some of the highlights of the city in 2015.

One of the most awaited festivals in Brussels is the ‘Brussels Film Festival’ which will take place some time in April 2015, the dates of the festival are not confirmed yet. At the festival you can check the best movies and there will be countless programs related to film and movie making as well.

Another popular festival in the city is the ‘Art Brussels’ where you can check the most beautiful contemporary art. The ‘Art Brussels’ presents the most talented European artists to the visitors and shows over 125 galleries from over 20 countries. The festival will be held from 25th April to 27th May in 2015.

If you like jazz music then the ‘Brussels Jazz Marathon’ is the perfect program choice for you. The ‘Brussels Jazz Marathon’ takes place at various venues in the city from cafe houses through clubs to hotels and at the marathon over 4000 musicians will perform. The ‘Brussels Jazz Marathon’ will be held some time in May 2015.

Probably the most awaited event in the city is the ‘Belgian Beer Weekend’ where over 50 breweries from all over the world will be presented. This is the biggest beer event in Brussels and at the festival you can also try the best Belgian beers. The ‘Belgian Beer Weekend’ will take place some time in September this year there are no exact dates announced yet.

Each year some time in the end of November the Christmas markets appear in the city. The Christmas markets are the perfect place to do some pre-Christmas shopping, try the best mulled wines and dishes and to get into the holiday spirit as well. The Christmas markets usually open from the end of November until the end of December.

Apart from the markets and the various festivals in the city Brussels hosts some of the best concerts in 2015. In this year visitor can enjoy the performances of the most famous artists of the world such as Hozier, Interpol, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and so on.

If you want to know more on the various programs and activities in Brussels read on here in our Brussels Guide!

Exhibition on the giant animals on earth

This exhibition Giants of the Earth can be seen from November 2014 until the beginning of next year 2015 and the exhibition Giants of the Earth takes place in Belgium in Brussels.

Giants of the Earth

At the exhibition visitors can discover more on the giant animals that used to rule and live on the Earth and you also have the chance to discover more on that period of time on our planet. At the exhibition visitors can listen to the different animal noises and the sound of their movements as well. The exhibition shows over 30 giant animals from the different dinosaurs through the animals lived in the Ice Age to the present day’s most amusing animals as well. It is absolutely a great program for everyone from adults to children as at the exhibition provides an interactive area where visitors are able to take pictures with the different animals, check out pictures, drawings and so much more. The exhibition Giants of the Earth takes place by the Brussels Stock Exchange and the exhibition is shown from 20th November 2014 until 4th January 2015, as a part of the Winter Wonderland, the annual Christmas market in Brussels.

Brussels Stock Exchange
Place de la Bourse 1 – 1000 Brussels, Belgium

If you want to know more about exhibitions and museums in Brussels, visit this article.

Prices for entrance to the Giants of the Earth exhibitions

Children (from 2 to 12): € 10
Adults (from 13 years old): € 12
Family Pass (4 persons – max 2 adults): € 35
Groups (from 20 persons) and schools (from 10 children): price available upon request