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FESTIVITIES CALENDAR

FESTIVITIES CALENDAR

A FESTIVE AND SPARKLING INAUGURATION  
friday 29.11 - 6 p.m.

The inauguration launch of this 5-week long party always proves bubbling.
 
As night falls on Friday 29 November, the Grand-Place will sparkle as never before with the lightshow "Magical History City", which will set alight the start the start of a dazzling inauguration evening.
 
Visitors will then accompany the festive wandering of light and sound artists that will pace the Brussels paving in light-bathed streets: from the Grand-Place to the Bourse and going through the Place de la Monnaie, Place Sainte Catherine and the Marché aux Poisson.
 
The parade ends near the ices-skating rink with an enchanting show on ice. 
 
 
 
 

PUPPET SHOWS  
from wednesday 04.12

Royal Theatre Les Cœurs de Bois offers Hans-Christian Andersen’s magical tale “The Nightingale”, a free puppet show presented at the Maison du Folklore during Winter Wonders.
 
The story tells the tale of “how the Emperor of China, a refined man who loved to be surrounded by artworks, hears of the Nightingale, a bird he had not heard of before. Hearing that the song of the bird is extraordinary, the curious and impatient Emperor demands that it should be brought before him instantly. The Chamberlain in charge of finding it to bring it to his master interrogates everyone, from the highest dignitary to the humblest servant…”
 
Félix Bonjean adapted the Danish author’s 19th century tale. Andersen wrote many travel tales, plays, poetry, novels and 164 children tales that are also aimed at adults through their poetic imagination or hidden moral or philosophical red thread behind the anecdote.
 
Henri Abbing, a Dutch puppeteer who also designed and made the puppets, stages the show played by Sébastien Kempenaers, a graphic designer/actor who has moved to the backstage of the puppet theatre 6 years ago. Marceline Tribel produces the show.
 
Dates: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout Winter Wonders:
- 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29 December
- 4 and 5 January
Time: 3:30

 

COME MEET ST. NICOLAS !
Friday 06.12 from 3pm until 4pm

Receive a little gift and take a picture with St Nicolas
At the Swiss chalet, next to the ice-skating rink.
Warm thank you to all participant partners.
 
 
 

TRADITIONAL VINTAGE MARKET   
Free entrance– saturday 14.12

“Second Life Festival” organises a day around the theme of… Christmas!
 
Come to “La Tentation”, where you will be able to do most of your Christmas shopping on the many booths. A vintage make-up artist will be available to make you up for a special “Christmas Photo Session”. Is there any better than a makeover in the electric atmosphere of a live concert?
 
More info available soon: www.secondlifefestival.net 

 

Dancing on ice and delicious delicacies "Nutella awakens our enthusiasm!”

Get up and go for a feast of Winter Wonders!
Nutella will set the ice rink on fire with demonstrations of dances and freestyle skating at 3pm and 5pm every Saturday and Sunday. You'll absolutely love it!
And if you are itching to dance on ice yourself, just get your skates on and give it a go! From 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., the whole team will be there to teach you a new way to "move with Nutella."
 
100% Nutella Chalet
After firing up your enthusiasm, Nutella will fill up your tummy. In our chalet, you can enjoy a host of indulgent, tasty Nutella treats. You’ll have the time of your life.
 
 

WINTER WONDERS SUPPORT MAKE-A-WISH  
saturday 14 and sunday 15.12

When the magic of Christmas returns, it brings with it a great gust of generosity and solidarity.
 
The Make-A-Wish charity is a veritable artisan of happiness for seriously ill children. The objective of the charity consists in bringing them hope, strength and joy; its mission is to realise their dearest wishes.
 
On 14 and 15 December, volunteers from the charity will mobilise at the foot of the Grand-Place Christmas tree and will give visitors the opportunity to acquire one of these magical stars that, one by one, will together form a scintillating constellation that will gently sway to the force of your wishes.
 
Thanks to your generosity, become one of Christmas’ magicians and contribute to realising the dream of one of the many children who entrusted the charity with their wishes.
 
‘Des Rêves et des Étoiles’ concert
13.12.2013 at Palais 12, new 18000 seat concert and event venue at BRUSSELS EXPO.
 
 
 

LES PASTOUREAUX CHOIR CONCERT  
Tuesday 17.12

Practical information:
 
On Tuesday 17 December at 4.30pm, young singers choir Les Pastoureaux is back in all its glorious beauty to sing on the magical Grand-Place. A coproduction of non-profit association “Noël dans la Cité” and the City of Brussels.
 
- Start of the concert: 4.30pm
- Concert in three parts of 20 to 25 minutes each and two 20-minutes breaks.
- Free entrance.
 
 

THE GRAND PLACE BALL
friday 20.12 at 8pm

Last year, waltzing, turning and spinning on the Grand-Place proved a magical moment that gathered 150 persons!
 
The event proved so successful that it will take place again this year. On Friday 20 December at 8pm, two sessions of urban waltz are organised in collaboration with the Belgian Waltz Committee, alternating with the light and sound show.
 
Waltz lovers are invited to share a great, festive and relaxing moment of dancing… regardless of their level of expertise!
 
Whilst there is no dress code, ladies are advised to dress warmly and to take a long, full skirt or dress.
 
Info: Friday 20.12 – Brussels Grand-Place de Bruxelles
 
 
 

STREET ART PROJECT  
from Sunday 22.12 until saturday 4.1.2014

Maison du Spectacle - La Bellone
 
During the holidays, discover previously unpublished artwork and the incredibly creative universe of young artists throughout an abundant visual and auditive journey dedicated to street art and graffiti artists in the historic surroundings of Bellone, in the heart of Brussels. A unique and contrasting urban experience in an exceptional setting.
 
Every day from 3pm until 8pm
On 24 and 31 December from 2pm until 6pm
Closed on 25 December 2013 and 1 January
 
Maison du Spectacle - La Bellone
rue de Flandre 46
1000 Bruxelles
 
Free entry
 
Info: www.bellone.be - + 32 2 513.33.33
 

COME MEET SANTA CLAUS !
Wednesday 25.12 from 3pm until 4pm

Receive a little gift and take a picture with Santa Claus.
At the Swiss chalet, next to the ice-skating rink.
Warm thank you to all participant partners.

 
 

MANNEKEN PIS – CORRIDA 2013  
thursday 26.12

This year will mark the fourth edition of the Manneken Pis Corrida.
 
The nocturnal urban race, which has become a great classic of Winter Wonders, is organised by Zatopek Magazine and takes place in the small streets of the city centre.
 
The race, organised to support the SOS Villages d’Enfants charity that is under the aegis of Kim Gevaert, mobilises more than 1000 brave runners who will confront the cold weather for one memorable night.
 
• 7:30pm: start of the Corridatje - 4,5km long course
• 8pm: start of the Corrida - 7,5km long course
 
Date: 26 December 2013.
Course: Place d’Espagne > Galeries Saint-Hubert > Grand-Place > Manneken Pis >
Sainte- Catherine > Vismet > Vieux Marché aux Grains.
 
Participation to the race and the official shirt (must be worn for the race) are on pre-sale at € 18 for the Corrida (7,5 km) and € 16 for the Corridatje (4,5 km).
€ 1 per participant will be given to the Vivre Ensemble charity.
 
Info and registration: www.zatopekmagazine.com  
 
 

World of Colors by Ice Fantillusion
friday 27.12

The troupe of Kevin Van der Perren, multiple Belgian Champion and rewarded with 2 medals at the European Championship, presents the new and enchanting show "World of Colors".

Time : 6pm
 
 

WINTER WONDERS FOR INFANTS & TODDLERS 
from 04.12

From 4 to 22 December, infants and toddlers will be celebrated for the fifth year running.
 
A friendly place for relaxing and creativity is open to children from 0 to 3 accompanied by an adult.
 
Every Wednesday afternoon, Saturdays and Sundays in December, the childhood network of the City of Brussels will offer families a wide range of activities especially designed for small children: tales and stories, magician, painter… will all offer shows and workshops upon registration.
 
At a stone’s throw from the Christmas Market, the “Winter Wonders for Infants and Toddlers” offer a convivial moment while taking part to one of the many activities for children of their age. Information on the various resources on offer by the City of Brussels for small children is also available (places in nurseries, day-care, family activities…). Changing, breastfeeding and bottle-heating facilities available.
 
Registration is compulsory for every activity.
 
Antenne de la Petite Enfance, Place Sainte-Catherine 17-18 (behind the church), 1000 Brussels.
 
Info and registration: Christel De Meyer 02/279 36 62 christel.demeyer@brucity.be
  

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