Plaisirs d’Hiver in Brussels
The 17th edition of Plaisirs d’Hiver, the large Christmas market, is returning to Brussels city centre. The event is organised on the Grand Place in Brussels and around the Bourse, on Place de la Monnaie, Place Sainte-Catherine and Place du Marché aux Poissons (Vismet) and will be held from 24 November to 31 December in the heart of Brussels, but not only there.
Among some of the new features this year is "winter pop", small temporary Christmas villages installed in Neder-Over-Heembeek and Laeken. This year, the Christmas tree that will take pride of place on the Grand Place from 16 November comes from the forests of Eupen, announced the capital's Mayor, Philippe Close.
A big wheel on Place Sainte-Catherine, a skating-rink at the Marché aux Poissons, a sound and light show on the Grand Place; Plaisirs d’Hiver covers more than 2 km and attracts huge crowds of residents and tourists and has become known as one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the continent.
This winter, Mongolia will be guest of honour, as well as the city of Tirana, the capital of Albania. The "land of the eternal blue sky" will install four yurts in Rue Orts, opposite the Bourse. This is also where visitors will be able to discover the culture of this vast Asian country through local craft exhibitions, music, traditional dance and song, as well as typical dishes. The other guest will reveal its mysteries next to the Tour Noire (Black Tower), behind the Church of Saint Catherine.
To watch a film about the event and consult all the practical information, visit: www.plaisirsdhiver.be.