Christmas market

by Vincent

Opened not even a week ago I decided to go for a little stroll this afternoon along the Brussels Christmas market (marché de Noel).For those of you who might be interested it’s opened until the 1st of January this year.

My first stop at the Grand place of Brussels which is for those of you who never been here the center of the town.

Thats once again quite a Christmas tree they managed to get this year

The town hall has also been decorated with its very own blue Christmas lights

Nativity scene

Wow the baby Jesus made it early this year 😉

Leaving the Grand Place and going along the Stock exchange is where the market starts here at a hot chocolate stand

wooden toys

This one specializing in all types of dry sausages

Toy figurines

Pancakes anyone?


Belgian waffles or pies sold here

Warm spiced wine (glühwein) served with tartiflette savoyarde which is French specialty dish made of pork meat, potatoes & cheese

Now at St. Catherine square the Christmas market continues where this years guest host the Reunion Island is featured

Here is where the main portion of the Christmas market is at the ‘marché au poissons’ or old fish market

Famous soap products from the Southern region of France and the city of Marseille

Russian arts and crafts

Another sausage vendors

Carousel with a view of the ferris wheel in the back

ice rink where one can rent his skates

Lamps made out of Salt sold here

it’s a pretty long Christmas market at this location as it goes on both sides of the old fish market

The ferris wheel from closer up

Various kinds of Foie gras sold here which is made of duck liver

View of the other side of the marché au poissons

One side church of St. Catherine seen from the Christmas market

More for the dry sausage lovers

Here you can see if you zoom in of what the tartiflette is actually made of since a big batch is being cooked and tasted by the Chef 🙂

Here is the forty meter long ice monster for kids

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3 comments

Sandel December 15, 2007 - 5:46 pm

A very complete guide on Brussels!!

Keep on doing such a good work ..

BR.

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Chris J Brady December 22, 2010 - 11:09 pm

We visited the Xmas Market last weekend from London. Had a great time. Spiced chaud vin was only 2 euros (in London about 4 euros!!). We loved the carousels – in the main market and at the entrance. Where did the carousels come from? Also by the entrance were three of the most amazing hammered dulcimer players busking.

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Vincent December 28, 2010 - 12:30 am

The carousels and their fantasy characters are made by artists from the Royal de Luxe street theater company. They have been featured for years now at the Xmas Market. Created in Toulouse, France in 1999 and all done by hand, it travels neighboring countries such as Spain, Portugal, Belgium for similar events.

Glad you enjoyed!

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