The magic of Christmas in Brussels is expressed in a symphony of warm traditions that warm hearts and enchant the senses. At the heart of this enchantment, the tasting of the famous waffles and irresistible chips remains an essential part of the end-of-year festivities in Belgium.

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Crafts, food and festive atmosphere at the Christmas Market

The Brussels Christmas Market is the epicentre of the festive atmosphere. A friendly atmosphere, stalls brimming with quality crafts and delicious food create an unforgettable experience for visitors. Strolling through the decorated chalets, sampling tasty food, and breathing in the sweet scents of the waffle stands all contribute to the overall enchantment.


Shopping and dining : Christmas essentials

Shopping at the Saint Hubert galleries, enjoying a steaming raclette and attending a Candlelight concert are all popular activities during the Christmas period in Brussels. The illuminated streets and sparkling decorations create a magical tableau, offering visitors a memorable experience in the heart of the Belgian capital.

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Contributing to the festive atmosphere

These traditions not only satisfy the taste buds, they also help to create a festive and welcoming atmosphere in Brussels during the festive season. The twinkling lights, the ringing of bells and the joy shared with friends and family are all elements that shape this unique time of year.


Where to find traditional dishes?

For lovers of traditional Christmas dishes, Brussels' Christmas markets are a gastronomic paradise. Here are a few not-to-be-missed places where you can find these delicacies :

Brussels Christmas Market : Nestling on the Grand-Place in Brussels, this market offers a vast selection of traditional dishes and waffles to delight foodies.


Marché aux Poissons : Brussels' largest Christmas market, with its 200 snow-covered chalets, offers a picturesque atmosphere and a variety of delicious foods.

Bourse of Brussels : A popular market in the heart of the city, where authentic flavours and artisanal products take centre stage.

Place Sainte-Catherine : This picturesque Christmas market also offers a variety of traditional dishes to whet visitors' appetites.


In addition to the markets, the restaurants taking part in the 2023 Christmas menu in Brussels, such as Ecailler du Palais Royal, Alice Restaurant, My Madou Grill (fish and meat), and The Poet, are havens of traditional flavours to be explored.

So, with its festive traditions, gourmet markets and warm atmosphere, Christmas in Brussels is an enchanting celebration where flavours and smiles merge to create lasting memories.