The Belgian city of Antwerp will transform into a full-blown winter playground this Christmas season, which will run from December 7th until January 5th. Anyone visiting during this period can take advantage of the 1000-square-metre ice skating rink smack in the heart of Groenplaats, and enjoy smooth gliding under a roof designed to emulate a starry sky. Grote Markt will be another happening hot spot, with its giant Christmas trees and hanging winter garden sparkling with magical lights, plus a scattering of inviting Christmas Market stands, which, in addition to the classic 'spekpatatjes' (fried potatoes with bacon), will this year be taking you on a culinary journey across the world, with delightful treats like fish & chips and steamy Vietnamese ‘pho’ soup.
Antwerp’s city center is compact enough to easily get around on foot. While you do so, remember to wander through the entrancing winter forest of tree sculptures and natural moss in Handschoenmarkt, and pay a visit to the irresistibly cosy Steenplein with its inviting, family-friendly Bar Den and multiple tiny heaters to warm up at.