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Marché de Noël de Bruxelles

Although  not even ten years old, the Brussels Christmas market has made a big impact on the Brussels landscape over the Christmas holidays. Today, it would be hard to imagine passing into the new year without it. Initiated by the City of Brussels’ the Christmas market is laid out within it’s center along a two kilometer long route starting from the Grand Place  along the Bourse, Place Ste-Catherine and Marché aux Poissons. Featuring 240 chalets, an open-air skating rink and a Ferris Wheel all  illuminated by thousands of lights. The guest of honor this year is Mongolia and every day colorful acts with local musicians and dancers wearing traditional costume that evoke the Mongol can be seen.

Opened everyday From the 27 November 2009 to January 3rd 2010

Location of the Brussels Christmas market:

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Photos Marché de Noël de Bruxelles

Enjoying some ice skating

Mongolian masks

Nativity scene at Grand Place

French sausages

Sipping on Champagne

Grand place Christmas tree

Face of Babies illuminate the path to  Place Sainte-Catherine

Matryoshka dolls

Further down the way to Place Sainte-Catherine

Mongolian music

Young couple

The wait for customers for a glass of Gluehwein (German Hot Wine Punch)

More French sausages…

French cheese

Kids on the Merry-go-round

Mongolian artists

Earings for sale

wooden figurines

Teddy bears

Santa keeping warm in reindeer fur

Choucroute garnie or dressed sauerkraut

dressed for winter in this unusually cold weather

Belgian fries

Ferris wheel


Chalets with St. Catherine church in the background

lonely Santa

Christmas market

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