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  Nice, isn't it? Brussels in Christmas
by Norali

Favorite thing: Early December, the city gradually dives in the jolly atmosphere of year end celebrations.

Streets are adorned, Grand-Place has this dramatic ambience as the buildings (mainly the City hall) is steadily lit in blue, red, green neon lights. Find there the Christmas tree also. Some other buildings are neon-light lit too.

The cows on Grand-Place (neon-lit as well) are reported to leave the country this year. It seems it is the last Christmas you'd see them on here.

For once, I chose another spot to highlight on my pictures when it comes to show Brussels at Christmas period: Place Sainte- Catherine area...

Fondest memory: - Place Ste- Catherine and March? aux poissons. Places to walk in the dark. Nice in daylight but it has a whole dramatic touch at night.

As for Christmas market, different shots for the two markets:
*March? aux Poissons (Fish Market): shot on December 5, 2003, the start of the annual Xmas market as Brussels gets ready to feast for a month.
*Place Ste Catherine
Shot December 10, 2003. My favourite carrousel is there (Man?ge d'Andr?a). It grants you with another look at the Christmas market on March? aux poissons.

Many more people expected around the weekend. Appropriate music, with special performances by folk groups during the weekends. This 2003 edition, as usual, is the biggest in Belgium with 220 wooden chalets located around the la Bourse (Stock exchange), Place Sainte Catherine and March? aux Poissons.

Also, carrousels there, ice-skating rink to entertain the kids and big kids. Go there for the Xmas market. Not only for the artcrafts (local and foreign, like Laotian silk, love at first sight!!) but more ranges that would suit everyone's taste and budget. This year's theme is "European traditions".. plus the food, boudin de Noel (special Christmas black pudding), waffle and even Vietnamese food.. And Gluhwein, of course!

For 2003, Christmas market till Jan. 2004

- Eglise Ste- Catherine in Blue and pink light.

A nice Vter who went to Koln Christmas market, on 25 Dec. 2003, regretted her trip while I was showing her Brussels Christmas market on Dec. 30 afternoon. She told me she wouldn't have gone that far since this one surprised and pleased her more. I know where to spot her on dec. 31, with her family. yessss! she is returning there.. to try those European specialties? the jenever? hot chocolate? some churros? Belgian fries? .. or would they "upgrade" to heavier Tartifflette and chiffonade? and some winter hut food? or oysters maybe? I know she loves oysters... me too... hehe :)

Metro M station: Ste-Catherine

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2004
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