Liège is Christmas capital of Europe 2018

The Christmas market of Liège is the largest and oldest in Belgium. For more than 30 years, the Village de Noël or Christmas Village has covered no less than 200 chalets in the heart of the city. The Liège Christmas market is a concept in the wider area. According to official figures, the Christmas market attracts two million visitors every year. This year, the city of Liège was declared European Christmas Capital, in the category of cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. A great reason to discover this versatile, unique and cozy Christmas city.

The Christmas market is located on the Place du Marché and the adjacent Place Saint-Lambert. The size of 200 chalets makes this market a real and unique Christmas village. The chalets are set up in streets, alleys and squares with a town hall, church, post office and toboggan. There is a city council with mayor who are responsible for the folkloristic aspect of village life. The spicy fumes of mulled wine, sweet pine scent and Christmas lights create a cozy Christmas atmosphere. In the stalls you will find local produce and nice gifts for under the tree. During the weekend, the Christmas market will be extra enlivened by dance, music and choral singing. On the Place de la Cathédrale there is an indoor ice rink where everyone can swarm around on the irons. The Christmas market in Liège is held from Friday 30 November to Sunday 30 December.

Liège is easily accessible by train. Eye-catcher is the TGV station Liège-Guillemins with its beautiful white lines, designed by the Catalan architect Calatrava. Temporary exhibitions are regularly organized at the station. Now there is an exhibition about the 80s, Generation 80 Experience. La Boverie, the new Fine Art museum, is a stone’s throw from the station on a peninsula in the Meuse. The museum has a magnificent permanent collection and organizes temporary exhibitions in partnership with the Louvre.

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