2008 - Christmas Activities And Sights In Belgium

By: D. Halet
Each year, authorities and associations of Belgian towns organize their Christmas activities and sights. If you planned to spend the holiday season in Europe, and especially in Belgium, you have made an excellent choice and will have the opportunity to participate in these great events.Belgian people are a warm people, always delighted to welcome you and make you discover the cultural wealth of their country but also to inform you that they are interested in foreign cultures and practice their customs with a great talent.For instance, Brussels will become an annex to Santa Claus home: indeed, the Belgian capital is organizing once again its wonderful and fairy Christmas Village.This time, the guest country of Brussels is the Reunion Island; which invites you to discover its richness, its beautiful landscapes while offering its culinary specialties to taste.The Great Place of Brussels will become the most beautiful place of the world thanks to Electrabel; which installs its lightnings. The Brussels Christmas Market has been elected "Most Original Market of Europe" with its 220 cottages, divided between the Exchange building and the Place St. Catherine and offering thousands of different Christmas gift ideas and food specialties.The Brussels Christmas Market is opened from November 30th, 2007 till January 1st, 2008.If ice skating appeals to you, your children and you will enjoy to spend some time on the ice near the Saint Catherine place.

The ice rink is opened from November 30th, 2007 till January 6th, 2008.Brussels Christmas activities also include choirs, processions, artists, music bands, concerts...At the three info cottages, you will be able to buy our famous "Snowflake books" which are sold for 10 euros and contain 10 Snowflake checks to spend on Christmas activities, food, drinks or gifts available in the village.On December 21st, Maisieres near Mons organizes its 3rd Illuminated Christmas Walk: you will discover Maisieres streets and admire its illuminated creations. There is a small 1 € fee that entitles you to receive a glass of mulled wine and a soup upon arrival to keep you warm!The former coal mine "Bois du Cazier" located in Marcinelle (Charleroi) organizes, from December 14th till 16th its sixth Christmas Market. About 80 regional craftsmen will offer to the public their quality handicrafts such as candles, pottery, witches, cribs, patchworks, snowmen, fine jewelry, silk paintings, and much more.The "Bois du Cazier" is also a very interesting place to visit and a tribute to workers in coal mines that have sometimes lost their lives in very difficult this profession.The town of Landelies organizes a stroll in barge and a visit to a Christmas market on the water from December 8th till 23rd. This activity consists on a mini cruise; which starts in the village of Abbaye-d'Aulne, navigation along the bird sanctuary, passage of locks, visit a Christmas market on the water and back to the point of embarkation.From December 11th till 15th, in the Cathedral of Liege, the director of the Parisian Disney Parade will organize the "Night Of Christmas-Tell the Angels"; which will tell you an old story. A fairy evening, a moment that makes adults and children dream about Christmas and its meaning.The town of Verviers organizes the "Swinging Christmas" concert: on December 15th, the most beautiful English Christmas carols such as "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", "White Christmas", "Santa Claus is comin to town" will be performed by the talented Roer's Echoes Big Band SourbrodtArticle Search, a "Big" Big Band of 29 musicians; led by Pascal Peiffer also well known as leading the "Euro Symphonic Orchestra".A large number of Christmas activities are organized in Belgium and it would be impossible to list them all but one thing remains certain: you will never forget the Holiday Season in our small country.

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