Winter Wonders and Christmas Market 2021

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From 26 November 2021 to 9 January 2022, in the centre of Brussels.

Coronavirus measures: the Winter Wonders event will partially close its doors from Sunday 26 December 2021. The following parts remain open, with respect for the health measures:

  • the location with the skating rink on the Place De Brouckère (open till 9 January)
  • all activities at the Bois de la Cambre (open till 9 January)
  • the lighting and other artistic installations

The Winter Wonders event takes place before and during the Christmas holidays, at the Grand-Place and city centre of Brussels. Winter Wonders includes:

The City of Brussels and the organizers are in permanent contact with the competent authorities and closely monitor every decision regarding the health situation.

Each day from 12h to 22h (except Fridays 24 and 31 December: from 12h to 18h)

  • The Covid Safe Ticket is in effect at Winter Wonders.
  • A wristband is mandatory for all visitors aged 16 and over (valid for one day) who want to eat or drink something, make purchases and enjoy the Winter Wonders attractions. This wristband is available at ten points along the course after checking the QR code that indicates that the CST is valid, in combination with an ID check.
  • Visitors must get a new wristband every day at one of the collection points. The chalets where the wristbands are available (PDF, 2.29 MB) are open every day from 11 am to 9 pm.
  • It is possible to test yourself at the event (Grand Casino Bruxelles Viage - Boulevard Anspach 30, 1000 Brussels from Friday to Sunday from 3 pm to 8 pm).
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory from the age of 6 at all Winter Wonders locations (PDF, 1.52 MB)
  • In many places along the course, hydroalcoholic gel is available to disinfect the hands.
  • Markers on the ground simplify the organization of the queues and indicate the walking direction (with arrows and separation). Visitors are requested to keep to the right.
  • For the terraces, the outside horeca regulations and place restrictions apply. The 'social bubbles' must be respected.
  • The face mask obligation also applies to the traders and operators at the Christmas market, together with the obligation to regularly disinfect their hands.

Rules on the skating rink

On the ice rink, which is limited to 200 people on 800 m², the Covid Safe Ticket is checked for everyone from 16 years old. The entrances and exits are separated from each other and a skating direction must be respected.

As part of the European Year of Rail and the Europalia Festival, Winter Wonders offers a series of new activities and events related to trains and travel:

  • Video mapping Behind the Walls (Place du Musée)
  • Audiovisual installation Galaxy Express (Carrefour de l'Europe)
  • Fresco Discursive Mechanisms (Boulevard Anspach)
  • Creators Factory sustainable market (Anspach Gallery)
  • Digital experience Copernicus (Central Station)
  • Après-ski village (Place de la Monnaie) (cancelled from Sunday 26 December)
  • ...

More info:

Discover what's new at Winter Wonders 2021 (the video contains no dialogue or text, only a background music):

Discursive Mechanisms (Boulevard Anspach)Discursive Mechanisms (Boulevard Anspach)

For the first time, the City of Brussels is bringing Winter Wonders to the Bois de la Cambre, with lots of events: an ice rink, merry-go-rounds, curling and toboggan runs, monumental light installations,...

More info:

Plaisirs d'Hiver - Bois de la Cambre

Next video shows the teaser of Winter Wonders 2021 (the video contains no dialogue or text):

Winter Wonders 2021 photos :




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