Belgium, the land of Manneken Pis, Chocolate, and Waffles.
About 2 hours from Amsterdam, the Christmas market Winter Wonders, which is held in Brussels, is the largest and most famous Christmas market in Belgium.
Christmas market at Grand-Place
The Grand Place, the central square of Brussels, is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Winter Wonders is a huge Christmas market that spreads throughout the city centered on the Grand Place, including the Brussels Stock Exchange, St. Catherine Square, and the square in front of the Royal Monet Theater.
Sound and Light Show on the Grand-Place
The main event of Winter Wonders is the sound and light show on the Grand-Place.
Projection mapping will be projected onto the historic buildings of Grand-Place. This installation is an experience like visiting another space. When the show begins, all of people stop and are absorbed in to the world of Christmas.
Don’t worry, the sound and light show is projected multiple times every night. Check the official website for show times.
Market of 3 km
The Christmas market is 3 kilometers long and has over 250 chalets.
A Ferris wheel overlooks the Christmas markets and Brussels, and there is skating rink.
The Christmas market sells a variety of items such as tree decorations and crafts from local artists.
Also there will be many Belgian food and Christmas food chalets, And liquor chalets where you can taste Belgian beer and mulled wine.
And don’t forget to eat freshly baked Belgian waffle at chalets. It’s worth waiting in line to eat.
When I visited in 2018, it was cash only at the markets. Keep 50 cent coins to 20 euro cash in your pockets.
It gets crowded after sunset, so watch out for pick-pockets.
Winter Wonders is a beautiful Christmas market that you should visit once in a lifetime.
25.11.2022 to 01.01.2023.