In Aalst, one area of Flanders where the Feast of Saint-Martin (11 November) in celebrated by treating the children there was a big queue outside the local branch of the toy retailer DreamLand.
Elsewhere, there are reports of hundreds of people waiting in line to get into the IKEA furniture stores at Zaventem (Flemish Brabant) and Wilrijk (Antwerp). There are large numbers of people queuing outside branches of the discounter store Action.
The photo below shows the scene outside the Action store in Schelle (Antwerp Province) In city centres too it is busier than normal. For example in the centre of Brussels there are queues outside a number of shops.