The capital of Belgium is at its most magical during the holiday season thanks to its gigantic Winter Wonders festival, atmospheric light show, and the thousands of twinkling lights adorning its UNESCO-listed monuments. Here are some ways to celebrate Christmas while visiting Brussels.
Enjoy the festivities.
Celebrations run throughout the city, with Winter Wonders events stretching an impressive 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) and a huge Christmas market, plus a 65-foot (20-meter) Christmas tree taking over Grand-Place, the city's central square. A seasonal evening light and sound show is held on Grand-Place, and Christmas concerts take place at the Place Saint-Catherine.
Bundle up and go skating at the outdoor ice rink on Place de la Monnaie, ride the Ferris wheel and other fair rides, or line up to watch a light parade in the city center on a Saturday evening.
Sample traditional food and drink.
There’s never a bad time to sample the city's famous chocolate and beers, but the holiday season in Brussels is especially sweet. Take advantage of the city's bustling Christmas markets and traditional food stalls on a tasting tour, sampling national specialties like moules frites (mussels and fries) and Belgian waffles, as well as holiday drinks like mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Visit the Christmas markets.
Browse more than 200 chalet-style stalls at the Brussels Christmas market to pick up handmade gifts and decorations. Brussels also makes a convenient base for visiting the Christmas markets in Bruges, Ghent, Liège, and Luxembourg City.