Brussels’ Christmas market to pay tribute to First Nations of Canada
The capital’s annual end-of-year festivities will combine tradition with novelty from 25 November to 1 January, the city has announced.
For the 22nd edition of Winter Wonders, all the usual attractions are programmed, including more than 200 wooden chalets, an ice rink, a Ferris wheel and traditional Christmas tree and nativity scene in the Grand Place.
Among the innovations are a tribute to the First Nations of Canada by Quebec Aboriginal Tourism, reports Belga. Reinforcing the international credentials of the seasonal event as well as showing support for Ukraine, street entertainment from the war-torn country will also be delighting crowds.
Meanwhile, a Secret Garden in the Grand Hospice near Place Sainte-Catherine promises a green festive oasis with sparkling lights, concerts, entertainment and wood-burning saunas.
For winter sport fans, three curling tracks in Place de la Monnaie provide visitors with an opportunity to try their hand at the popular Olympic sport while enjoying an after-ski village atmosphere. Another new feature is a set of swings in Mont des Arts that composes original tunes.
Sound and light installations once again play a key role in the packed agenda of activities, from evening shows in the Grand Place to light installations in various parts of the city.
Returning for a second edition, is the winter wonderland in Bois de la Cambre, including an ice rink, illuminations and refreshment stands.
Addressing economic and environmental concerns, the city of Brussels said that a number of energy-saving measures were being explored, such as switching on street lighting from 17.00 to 1.00, instead of 13.00 to 1.00.
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