The WHEN and WHERE of Antwerp Christmas Market 2011 and Other Wintery Events
If you having an Antwerp Christmas here is a list of must-do / must-see events.
The beautiful lights and decorations amid historic landmarks, colorful stalls, nativity scenes, music, and array of food and drink is sure to please those of all ages. Take a spin on the ice skating rink next to the Antwerp Castle or Christmas concerts in the evening.
Or better yet do both :-)
The WHEN and WHERE of Antwerp Christmas Market 2011
Opening and arrival of Santa Claus
WHEN: Saturday 10 december 2011 WHERE: The Kaaien en the Steenplein
Giant Christmas threes Reuzenkerstbomen WHERE: Grote Markt, Handschoenmarkt and Koningin Astridplein
Christmas lights WHERE: from Central station to quays of the River Sceldt.
Christmas nativity scene / stable WHERE: Handschoenmarkt
Sunday Shopping WHEN: Sunday 11 December and Sunday 18 december 2011 WHERE: Most of the shops in the inner city of Antwerpen will be open
Music For Life: Music Festival WHEN: Wednesday 21 t/m Friday 23 december 2011 WHERE: Groenplaats
Fireworks WHEN: Friday 31 December 2011 WHERE: on the river
Closing WHEN: Saturday 7 January 2012 WHERE: Groenplaats
NEW YEAR DRINK Nieuwjaarsdrink WHEN: Sunday 8 January 2012 WHERE: Grote Markt en de Suikerrui
Christmas Tree FireKerstboomverbranding WHEN: Saturday 14 January 2012 WHERE: Linkeroever
Antwerp Christmas Market From 10 Dec - 29 Dec 2011
And what can you expect? Wooden chalets where you can eat and drink (we recommend you browse for the best Gluhwein)
Christmas markets are an old holiday tradition in Belgium where both locals and visitors can shop for original and traditional decorations along with other Christmas goodies at open-air stalls in the heart of the city. As in many Belgian cities, Antwerp organizes a yearly Christmas market. Every year tens of thousands of people visit this popular event.
Since last year the market is back to the ‘Grote Markt’, and we don't understand why it ever left this main square in front of the city hall. PLUS this year the christmas market stalls have branched out into Handschoenmarkt, the Suikerrui and the Steenplein in front of the old Castle.
WHEN: Saturday 10 december 2011 t/m Wednesday 28 december 2011 WHERE: the Steenplein (until January 8th), the Suikerrui, the Grote Markt and the Handschoenmarkt
Sunday to Thursday from 11.00 to 20.00. Friday and Saturday 11.00 - 22.00.
24, 25 and 31 december opened from 11.00 to 17.00.
An absolutely magical event. There are wooden huts in the middle of the square selling all sorts of traditional specialties. You can sip mulled wine under the Christmas tree or try one of Antwerp's famous jenevers while warming up next to a cozy open fire.
You can stroll between the wooden chalets where you can snack drink Gluhwein and shop for artisanal products.
ENTRANCE FEE: Free :)
Skating on Christmas
Ice Skating WHEN: Zaterdag 10 december 2011 t/m zondag 8 januari 2012 WHERE: Steenplein