The centre of Brussels is taken over by lots of festive cheer - this year it is 29th November to 5th January. The streets are decorated with zillions of lights, some themed like the signs of the zodiac.The Grand-Place was just beautiful as every half hour the historic buildings were lit up by coloured lighting which seemed to dance to the magical music piped into the square. We returned several times to goggle at the spectacle!!
The market stalls are fairly typical of what can be seen in Germany or France, but lovely nevertheless. We had a ride on the big wheel and the carousels were amazing. The Noel parade was fabulous with the streets lined six deep.
We visited at the weekend and it was so crowded that it was often difficult to walk from one place to another. In the evenings we saw little ones being held aloft to avoid being stepped on and even buggies being held over parents heads.
My husband had his mobile phone stolen from an inner pocket and when we reported the theft at the police station there were several other people reporting thefts on the streets.
I would try to visit during the week to avoid the crush - and recommend extra care of belongings.
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