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Awaiting 2013 dates/details below is what happened last year

8th - 31st December 2012

The festivities this year officially begins 8 December 2011 with a stunning light parade. The light parade will enthral you with its spell-binding sight and sound extravaganza. Floats, fire jugglers, dancers, acrobats and other sparkling characters will spirit their way along the quays of the Scheldt. Ell Circo d’ell Fuego and Theatre Tol will give this fairy-like light parade an Antwerp accent while Father Christmas is billed to play the star role! .

Christmas market
This year the Christmas market will extend across several squares, forming a trail through the city centre from Steenplein over Suikerrui to Grote Markt.

Around the statue of Brabo there will be two circles with chalets. A new section of the Christmas market will also be added in Handschoenmarkt. These chalets will be arranged in a triangle, opposite the Cathedral.
A visit to Antwerp’s Christmas market is an excellent opportunity for a pleasant walk through the city.

Info
From 10/12 until 28/12 (Grote Markt, Suikerrui and Handschoenmarkt) and from 10/12 until 8/01 (Steenplein) Sun-Wed from 12 noon until 8 p.m. Thu-Sat from 12 noon until 11 p.m. 24/12 and 31/12 from 12 noon until 6 p.m. 1/01 from 2 until 8 p.m. Free of charge



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How to say "Merry Christmas" in Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar

No idea where to go this winter?
Try Christmas shopping in Antwerp!

Antwerp, home of the Flemish Baroque master Rubens, not only has a wealth of outstanding museums, picturesque galleries, sculpted streets and beautiful architecture, it contains also a rich and diverse range of stores. Christmas shopping in Antwerp means strolling around in the many pedestrian streets, past historic houses and pleasant shopping centers all within walking distance.

Here is the ideal mix for your city break shake:

  • Easily reached by train or plane,
  • An excellent array of accommodations,
  • Top it all off with a shopping extravaganza,
  • Add a sprinkle of culture in our museums and churches,
  • Stir it all with a fantastic selection of winter events,
  • Shake it well with some great restaurants and cafes,
  • And serve with a splendid New Year’s fireworks display!
  • We’ll throw in the wintry setting and magical lights for free…
  • The perfect blend for your Christmas shopping!


For more information, please go to: www.shoppinginantwerp.be

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