Last week the boyfriend and I headed to our first Christmas market of the month, and I thought it might be a fun idea to share our experience with you on the blog. We’ll be going to a few more Christmas markets over the next few weeks, so make sure to keep your eyes out for those posts as well. The Christmas market in Brussels is always a very big one and I actually think a lot of people come to see it from all over the world. I can’t blame them either, it is pretty spectacular!
Our original plan was to head out right after lunch, but I had some books I needed to return to the library and I hadn’t finished the one I’d been reading yet so I really wanted to do that first. It took me a lot longer than I expected, though, and we got to the library ten minutes before closing time and then we didn’t get to Brussels until about 5PM. Which means it was already getting quite dark and most of the pictures we took didn’t turn out so great. Sorry!
On our way from the train station to the city center, we were immediately greeted by this cute little Christmas tree on a festive little square that had only a few stalls – it was completely unexpected and such a nice surprise! (As was the glove hanging from the tree we only noticed when we started editing the picture…)
I honestly couldn’t resist taking a couple of pictures of this very colourful stall. I’ve always wanted lights like these, but think they’re a little bit overpriced… I also have no idea where I’d put them in our current housing situation! Maybe I’ll be able to buy some once we find our own apartment, who knows. For now, I’ll just marvel at these pictures instead.
The huge Christmas tree on the main square is definitely a must-see!
I don’t think I’d ever seen a light show in person, so to say that I was thorougly impressed with the one in Brussels would be an understatement. You could tell they had really put in a lot of effort – even the Christmas tree was part of the spectacle. They’d set it all to some of those new Christmas songs by Sia, which I’m not really a fan of, but they did fit the setting really well.
One of the things I was looking forward to most was drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate. I think the temperature was about -1°C, so it was definitely needed as well! To my disappointment, there weren’t any stalls that sold a good, rich hot chocolate so we had to settle for one of those hot chocolates you can easily buy at the supermarket. It was a little disappointing, but at least it managed to keep us warm – if only for a few minutes. And yes, that is a Christmas scrunchy in my hair.
Although there were a lot of people and we didn’t actually get to see all the stalls because it was so crowded, going to the Christmas market in Brussels is something you just can’t miss. I think it’s one of the biggest in Belgium (if not the biggest), and the city really does go all out to make the experience as festive as possible. I would say that, if you have the chance, you should try to go on a weekday as it will probably be less crowded than the weekends! Have you been to any Christmas markets this year? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you again tomorrow with a new Blogmas post.