Our new interactive map provides an aerial view and overview of the event.
See the locations of the many facilities, attractions, chalets, local traders… and how best to get around. (Re)discover the architectural and natural heritage at the heart of Brussels too.
Design and development in collaboration with the Brussels-based graphic design studio STOEMP.
As part of Europalia, the Tracks to Modernity exhibition has pulled into the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. To close European Year of Rail, travel is also under the spotlight during the twentieth Winter Wonders.
Behind the Walls, a 270° immersive projection, brings to life the stately facades of the unsung Place du Musée.
The piece, led by Michel Draguet and Dirty Monitor, turns the square into an open-air forum accessible to everyone free of charge.
To join this unforgettable experience, follow the arrows in the images projected onto Mont des Arts.
Place du Musée and rue du Musée – 1000 Brussels
Launch : 26/11/2021
Every 20 minutes.
Conception : Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique en collaboration avec Dirty Monitor.
Development: ADC Production.
With the support and cooperation of the Royal Library of Belgium and Protestant Chapel.
On leaving Brussels Central Station, a spectacular 25-metre-long audiovisual installation is welcoming passers-by at Carrefour de l’Europe: Galaxy Express.
It showcases a locomotive reinterpreted by French VJing pioneer Romain Tardy.
Fully customized, Galaxy Express is also a unique sound and light experience activated after dark.
Created especially for the 2021 Winter Wonders, this monumental artwork is the result of an incredible collaboration with Train World and the SNCB.
Carrefour de l’Europe – 1000 Brussels (opposite Brussels Central Station)
Ten minutes every twenty minutes
Credits: Romain Tardy (digital artist), Antoine Goldschmidt (design), Ofer Smilansky (soundtrack).
Spearheaded by Beliris, the City of Brussels has developed Discursive Mechanics on the city centre boulevards. In the daytime, the fresco is clearly inspired by traditional engraving techniques.
At night, the facade at 21 Boulevard Anspach takes on another dimension thanks to the animations projected onto the building.
At the frontier of urban and digital arts, it draws on medieval iconography, animation, pop culture and videogaming.
facade at 21 Boulevard Anspach, 1000 Brussels
Fresco visible 24/7. Projections daily from 17h30 to 22h00.
Credits : Fred Penelle and Yannick Jacquet (artists) – Nicolas Boritch (production).
As well as the 24 traders at the Winter Wonders Christmas market, other experienced artisans are coming to Galerie Anspach this year.
The CREATORS FACTORY is being launched for the first time, a unique market of ‘master craftsmen’ guided by ethics and sustainability.
Galerie Anspach, rue de l’Evêque 21 (in the old H&M store).
09 to 12/12: Christmas Designers Market, all-Brussels designers
18 to 23/12: Fais-Le Toi-Même, sustainable creators
Thursday 9 and Friday 10/12: late-night opening from 18:00 to 22:00
Other days: 12 noon to 19:00
09/12 at 18:00: launch: live painting with the Brussels-based collective Farm Prod.
Every year, thousands of passengers and goods crisscross the 300 km of railways in the Brussels region.
The invisible lines run to the very heart of the historic centre, just a few metres below the surface.
To raise awareness of this hidden but essential activity, a striking trompe-l’oeil fresco is on display throughout Winter Wonders to shine a light on the unrecognized work of everyone who toils to maintain the rail infrastructure, facilitating tomorrow’s mobility.
The fresco is also a chance to get a shot of adrenaline by taking a selfie with the illusion of hanging over a void.
From 30 November to 1 January, a new inflatable light installation five metres tall is filling Esplanade du Rond-Point Schuman and kicking off Brussels by Lights.
Wander between the arches of this interactive artwork to activate melodies and trigger colour changes.
Esplanade du rond-point Schuman (rue de la Loi) – 1000 Brussels.
30/11/21 to 01/01/22, daily from 13h to midnight.
Launch: 30/11/21 at 17h30. Free access.
2021 has marked several important rail anniversaries, including 175 years of the Brussels–Paris route and 25 years of Thalys.
Manneken-Pis is taking advantage of this year’s Winter Wonders to celebrate the theme, which is an invitation to travel. The museum’s display will be entirely redecorated during the event’s six weekends.
On 26 November, the legendary ketje will officially receive a new outfit, a train conductor gifted by the SNCB, at an official ceremony with all the fuss and fanfare.
05/12: uniform of an STIB driver
12/12: uniform of a Brussels Airlines pilot
19/12: polar explorer outfit
31/12 : 2nd time uniform of an SNCB conductor (11 AM-6 PM)
02/01: cosmonaut outfit
Garde-Robe du Manneken-Pis, Rue du Chêne, 19, 1000 Brussels.
All dates (except for 31.12) from 9AM till 6PM.
The European Union’s Space Programme invites you to discover Earth from space thanks to a unique digital experience.
The “Wells of Science” is an interactive futuristic exhibition featuring thematic applications of space data, highlighting how the EU Space Programme benefits our everyday lives
From 10h till 20h @ Galérie Anspach
To recreate the winter sports feel in the very heart of Brussels, a fully-fledged ‘après-ski’ village is coming to Place de la Monnaie.
Artificial sledging slopes, ‘high-altitude’ bar-restaurant, converted ski lift pods creating cosy corners, takeaway food, a huge choice of candy and other sweet treats… A little breath of mountain air awaits!
Farm Prod artists Arnaud Debal and Guillaume Desmarets have pooled their graphic design and illustration talents to give the 2021 Winter Wonders its new look.
The collective, which has been based in Brussels since 2003, brings several visual artists together for a multitude of creative projects.