What to do over Christmas in Wallonia: markets and end-of-year celebrations

Planning to celebrate Christmas in Belgium? Whether you’re visiting alone, as a couple or with your children, stock up on ideas and gifts for your end-of-year celebrations by consulting the 2018 calendar of Christmas markets and fairs in Wallonia.

Gift Ideas to bring Back from Wallonia 

Wallonia's adorable towns are the perfect place to pick up original presents for friends and family. Let us give you a few ideas to get you started on that shopping list...

Festive treats – Belgian style

With Belgians already known for fabulous comfort food, you can bet that Yuletide has long been seized as an opportunity for sumptuous dining. Every holiday season, speculoos cookies become ubiquitous, market booths offer hot chocolate and fluffy waffles to keep their visitors toasty and warm, and of course there’s Christmas Eve, the High Mass of any festive foodie’s dreams.

Here is a wind-down of the top twelve yummies of yuletide joy

Southern Belgium, mixing tradition with folklore

The major cities of Wallonia will get you into the Christmas spirit by creating themed ‘villages’ with wooden chalets, ice rinks, winter activities and gastronomic specialities.

Liège boasts the oldest and largest Christmas market in Belgium. Namur, the capital of Wallonia, has a traditional market that brings fairy tales vividly to life. Come and discover the Yuletide market in Durbuy and its village - the smallest town in the world. And don’t miss the The magic of Christmas in Mons, make a detour via the Grand Place to enjoy the Belfry activities and the "Walk of Lights". 

Each of these markets has its own distinctive characteristics unlike anything you’ve seen before. Our 2018 calendar below offers a selection of events throughout Wallonia to celebrate Christmas with your family, children or friends.