A magnificent tree from our forests will be erected at the centre of the Grand-Place, making this exceptional place one of the numerous unmissable attractions of the Winter Wonders. A present from the Walloon Region to the City of Brussels, this Norway Spruce (picea abies), after having been freshly cut the day before, will be transported to Brussels in a special convoy and mounted on 22 November, beside the traditional full-size manger. Measuring 22 meters, this sumptuous conifer comes from western Hertogenwald. This is a forest managed according to the principles established by PEFC, an NGO which ensures the balance between the economic, ecological and social functions of the forest.
The decorations will be brought to Brussels with the help of four trucks on 24 and 25 November. No less than eight people will adorn the tree with almost 200 white and blue baubles, a white tinsel wreath of 1.8 km and forty blue pearl lights. This gala array represents the colours of Finland, this year’s guest country of honour.
This festive year-end symbol will take centre stage of the sound and light spectacle which visitors can enjoy starting from 30 November during the inauguration of the Winter Wonders, at about 5:30 pm.
(*) PEFC is an NGO which is active in the certification of durable forest management. The label guarantees that the tree comes from a sustainably-managed forest.
The Skating Rink 2018
For the second year in a row, the skating rink will be covered to improve comfort, and the skaters will be accompanied by competent guides.
The little ones can try out skating completely safely in a dedicated 60m² zone. Skates which can be attached to shoes will also be available. Parents or guardians can access the ice without skates to assist their children if necessary.
No reservation is required except for schools on 18 and 23 December, only in the morning.
The rink is also wheelchair-accessible with a companion, on the ice and outside.
Pratical information 2018
• Every day from 12 am to 10 pm (last entry at 9 pm)
• 24 and 31 December: 12 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
• 25 December and 01 January: 12 am to 10 pm (last entry at 9 pm) Prices (skates rental included): adults €8/ 12-17 years €7/ +12 years €5 (not recommended for children under the age of 6).
The organisers suggest that you avoid peak hours and preferably come on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 am to 5 pm. Group rates (from 10 people): adults €7/ 12-17 years €6/ +12 years – €4
The Big Wheel
This unmissable attraction of Winter Wonders offers a breath-taking view of festive Brussels and the magical lights of the city centre.
The forty-two cabins ascend up to 55 m. The installation also provides for persons of reduced mobility with a specially-equipped cabin.
Prices: adults €7/ children under 12/ €5
Dream Space – virtual reality
Comfortably installed in reclining seats mounted on actuators, the visitors to Dream Space will enjoy incredible virtual experiences: meetings with mummies or dragons, discovery of a haunted house, space exploration, a ride in a Christmas sleigh…
Larger-than-life experiences for every taste and age!
Price: starting from €5
Over the years, these magic roundabouts have become unmissable.
Giant chameleon, winged horse, seahorse, and more…these entirely hand-made fantasy characters will guarantee a magic moment for the little ones in the marvellous and poetic universe of Jules Verne.
With only seven copies worldwide, you will not find this monster anywhere else in Europe, where it decided to make the Winter Wonders its permanent home!
Designed by an American firm that also worked on the “Lord of the Ring” and “Harry Potter”, the 45 meters long dinosaur has a ferocious appetite and will gobble up grown-ups and children alive during a 15-minutes, frightening and educational visit filled with special effects. Guaranteed chills and thrills!
Fun for the little ones
Winter is coming and like every year, Antenne de la Petite Enfance is preparing to welcome visitors for the “Plaisirs des tout-petits” (Fun for the little ones)!
For this tenth edition, multiple activities will be proposed for little ones and their parents. Musical artists and a theatre troop will stimulate their creativity thanks to a varied and high-quality program.
There will also be a dedicated space for parents to change and breastfeed their babies, including bottle-warming facilities. In the centre of the magical atmosphere of the Winter Wonders, this peaceful place will bring great shared moments for families.
All the activities are free and will be accompanied by professionals. However, to ensure their quality in a relaxed atmosphere, prior registration is obligatory.
Antenne de la Petite Enfance, Place Sainte-Catherine 17-18, 1000 Brussels
Tel: 02/279 36 32
From 28/11 to 23/12, Wednesdays and weekends.
3:30 pm Inauguration // 3:30 pm to 4 pm: “Bap” by la Mattina
Saturday 01 and Sunday 02/12
2:30 pm-3:30 pm and 4 pm -5 pm: “Ilot” [Islet] by Thomas and Elise
Wednesday 05, 12 and 19 December
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: “Family music” by Les Jeunesses Musicales
Saturday 08 and 09 December
2:30 pm-3:30 pm and 4 pm - 5 pm: “Hide and Seek” by Théâtre de la Guimbarde
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December
2:30 pm-3:30 pm and 4 pm -5 pm: “Caban” [Sailor coat] by the theatre De Spiegel
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December
2:30 pm-3:30 pm and 4 pm-5 pm: “Pas la langue dans sa poche [Don’t be tongue-tied]” by La Compagnie Accord d’Art