The Christmas market officially opened when the lights were turned on of the Christmas tree on Brussels’ central market square. The Mayor of Brussels Philippe Close (Francophone socialist) and Prince Laurent and his family were among those in attendance. The Christmas market and host of other festivities that make up Winter Wonders will run until 6 January.
The guest country at this year’s Winter Wonders is Finland. The Finnish Kainuu Region will be presenting some so it’s local products and delicacies in a Finnish village that has been built in the Ortstraat near to the Stock Exchange Building. The village includes a tent from Lapland and a “house of silence” in which visitors can take a virtual journey through the wilds of Finland. Each even a light and sound show about the Northern Lights will be held in the courtyard of Brussels Town Hall.
Elsewhere, there is an open air ice rink and a big wheel.
New this year is "The Dome" a high-tech dome in which artist work will be displayed and performances given in association with the “Société des Arts Technologiques” from the Canadian city of Montréal.