Brussels’ winter fun

This item appears on page 65 of the September 2009 issue.

From late November to the first week of January in Brussels, Belgium, the Winter Wonders festival features a skating rink (for 300 people plus another for kids), Ferris wheel, playground roundabouts, a brasserie and other booths along an illuminated 2-kilometer route through the streets. There are street artists, choirs, a sound-and-light show at the Grand’Place every evening till midnight and music on Saturday nights.

The attractions are open 12-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Roundabouts, 2; Big Wheel, 5; Ice Monster, 4; Skating Rink, 6 per hour (skates included).

Selected discounts of 50%-70% are available with the “Winter Wonders Gift Wallet,” and holders of the “Brussels Card” can get special deals (hot drinks half price, etc.). Visit For the Brussels Card, visit