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In 2012 the City of Brussels innovates by installing an electronic Christmas tree at the Grand-Place: the 'Xmas 3'. This contemporary and artistic Christmas tree remains at the Grand-Place throughout a part of Winter Wonders (30 November to 28 December).
The 'Xmas 3' is a 24 meter high monumental electronic Christmas tree made of steel, covered with wood and a screen. For 4 euros, visitors can climb the installation during the day (from 11 am to 4 pm, 10 minutes per visit) to enjoy a panoramic view of 360° of the Grand-Place and the Unesco zone [plan]. The proceeds of these visits will go to Samu Social, an organization which helps homeless.
Sound and light show
At night (from 6 pm), the 'Xmas 3' becomes the centre of the big sound and light show of Winter Wonders on the Grand-Place. This 2012 edition shows the new permanent lighting of the City Hall and the Maison du Roi (King's House) as it comes to life in an interplay with the 'Xmas 3'. The structure of the tree, lined with LED lighting, makes video projections (video mapping) possible.
On the webcam
The events around the Christmas tree can also be seen on the webcam of the Grand-Place.
Maps of the new Pentagon circulation plan
The maps of the new mobility plan for the Pentagon (city centre) got an update in January 2015. Discover the maps with the comfort zone, the city cycling network, the bus routes and the circulation plan.