Christmas in Brussels

Christmas Tree, Grand Place, Brussels

The Electronic Fir is the best fake Christmas tree I’ve ever seen! If you’re going to forgo the real thing, you might as well go big. The 24-meter tall light installation that currently adorns Brussels’ Grand Place was created by Paris-based architects Pier Schneider and Francois Wunschel. The structure’s steel frame is covered with wood and screens. Of course, for a fee, visitors can climb to the top for a citywide view.

Though some residents are enraged at this modern approach, it’s nice to know one more tree in the Ardennes forest will live to see another year.

Hôtel de Ville’s Tower

Hôtel de Ville all lit up

In addition to the bright tree, landmarks Hôtel de Ville and the Maison du Roi are lit up. The wattage is all part of the annual sound and light show that is part of Brussels’ Winter Wonders festival.

Brussels Nativity Scene

The crèche included livestock and a creepy very modern-looking Mary.

The tree is on display until December 28th.

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