Monday, December 10, 2012

Brussels Christmas Market

We made our annual trip down to the Christmas market, which is always a treat.

I've never been able to place my finger on what exactly it is, that makes this market have such a great atmosphere about it. The smells wafting up from various market stalls? Crepes, sausages, gl├╝hwein, hot waffles, paella, hot cocoa, moules, frites,...oh save me the calories! Or is it the endless array of festive lights sparkling in the chilly air? The happy strangers mingling among each other? The market stalls, offering everything from the odd (lava lamps)  and unique (hand crafted leather bound journals), to the simple (hats and gloves) and sweet (dried fruit)?

I can't tell you why, but this market is really special and everyone agrees, it has a very festive holiday feel to it. We're lucky to have been able to be a part of it for several years.

The kids went ice skating, we took a Ferris wheel ride, and patronized the incredibly fun steam punk carousel. It took almost 8 rounds of the carousel, starting and stopping, for each of the kids to get to ride on what they wanted. Arleigh was especially determined to ride the rocket ship that blasts through the ceiling of the carousel. Indeed, that huge grin on his face when he was strapped into his rocket seat, was as if we were watching Christmas in its purest form.

Here are some out takes and pics from the evening.

Poor Arleigh could think of nothing better than getting to the market, and once we were there, and he rode inside the carousel rocket, he could think of nothing more than going home and warming up again!



We're always hopeful that the journey along the Christmas market will end in an amazing light show. This has been the case in the past, although, to be honest, we were disappointed in this year's   eclectic display. The kids were tired and it was very very late, so we wandered home to warm up and rest our heads, happy to have been to another year at the Brussels Christmas market...even if the light show wasn't a super finale.
(Cheers to the moment we did see Santa do a back flip across the Hotel de Ville.)

We hope your season is as fun filled and bright as our market experience. Happy Holidays!

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