Plaisirs d’hiver, or Winter Wonders, Brussels

Bisous – chocolate-coated and creme-filled delights

The Brussels Christmas Market is one of the largest in Europe. Over 250 stands spread over 2 kilometers vie for your attention and your wallet.

Illuminated Borse

Since it is one of the well-regarded markets, I had high hopes but was disappointed with the offerings.

One of my favorites: roasted nuts

Some of the usual suspects are here: jewelry, scarves, Christmas ornaments, candles and other small gifts of varying quality. By “varying quality”, I mean you won’t believe some vendors bothered peddling their cheap out-of-the-box items.

Nuage Bamboo: a bamboo cloud over the Place Sainte-Catherine

The markets are packed and the most of the walkways are so tight that you are carried along in the crowd. Due to tight quarters, I didn’t bother photographing many of the vendors.

The baroque merry-go-rounds had very curious characters

However, the essentials are here: glühwein, gingerbread, marzipan.

Glühwein is always the most popular stand

Hot chocolate and gingerbread!

I don’t think this would be legal in the U.S.!

The markets are centered around between the Bourse, Grand Place, Place Sainte Catherine & Marché Aux Poissons.

Market hours: Mon – Thu: 12.00 – 21.00, Fri 12.00 – 22.00, Sat – Sun: 11.00 – 22.00

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