Monday, 3 December 2012

Brussels Christmas Market Review

Brussels Christmas Market Review 
By Claire Henderson
Monday 3 December 2012 

BRUSSELS Christmas Market runs between the Bourse, Grand Place, Catherine and Marche Aux Poisons from the November 30th, 2012 to January 6th, 2013.

In comparison Chester Market falls drastically short of the experience Brussels has to offer. The Brussels Christmas Market celebrates Christmas in style with an illuminated walking route of more then two kilometres, with cultural, traditional and fun activities from Place St. Jean and the Marche Aux Poisons. 

There are 240 chalets are located around the Bourse and on the Marche aux Poissons that sell original gifts, food from different parts of the world, decorations and much more.  

The market was filled with entertainment and rides, an ice rink featuring shows, ‘The Slalon’ a toboggan ride for the whole family, ‘Andrea’s merry-go-rounds’ and The big wheel were located at the Marche aux Poissons. These are only four examples of the entertainment and rides, which are scattered around the market. 

The most exciting attraction is the XmasTree. The monumental 25 meter tall tree is made of steel and wood covered in fabric. It is kitted out with flash garlands, LEDs and video mapping to provide a spectacular show.  

Every year the Market Square is turned into a spectacular venue holding the sound and light show of Winter Wonders: Electrabel Nights. The XmasTree! Is a 360 degree show and a unique symbiosis between UNESCO architectural heritage lighting and a contemporary electronic Christmas tree. The enchanting show lit up the entire square showing off the beautiful architecture in Market Square.  

The Brussels Christmas Market experience is one of a kind and is a recommendation I would make to anyone who would like a weekend away to shop, relax and get into the spirit of Christmas. A lot of walking is required to get around the chalet stalls so walking boots are essential as well as a warm coat to beat off the cold.   

The XmasTree! found at Market Square.

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