Make this winter a magical blend of Belgian Christmas and Morrocan culture at the largest Christmas market in Brussels. Karim Beerahee takes a look at Plais d’Hiver (’Winter wonders’)
What has been named one of the most original Christmas markets in Europe is back for the 8th time. Plaisirs d’Hiver will be running from 26th of November right through the festive season to the 2nd of January 2011.
What makes this market so special is that each year the heart of Belgium welcomes a guest country to share in its celebrations. This year Moroccan culture will be blended with a Belgian Christmas, giving you a feel for a hotter climate with all the ‘keep warm cosiness’ that we all enjoy at Christmas.
As well as sharing in Morrocan music, cuisine and history there are some returning special features of Plaisirs d’Hiver that are always welcomed back, which you will not want to miss.
What to do
Winter activities are a big part of the celebration, there is a massive ice rink opened for hand-in-hand skating and for added exctitement you can also have a go on the sledding slope for fast paced fun. The iconic big wheel is back, a 160 foot ferris wheel will give you a lovely view of the city and all the wonder of Plaisirs d’Hiver.
Another feature that we think you’ll appreciate is the light and music show put on each evening on the Grand Place which is certainly something special to see.
You can get fully in to the christmas spirit and pick up all your gifts at the hundreds of market stalls selling souvenirs, hand crafted goods and much more, or if you are just there for a taste of Christmas beyond Britain we highly recommend you try some of the food Belgium is famous for.
It is also the perfect venue to bring a close to the season, you’ll find the market less bustly if you visit after the 25th but still have a great opportunity to make merry – a long walk around the market makes for great post-Christmas dinner exercise.
Get to Brussels in time for Christmas or bring the holidays to an end with true festival style this year in Belgium, P&O can get you there!
Image credit: Simon Aughton