Immerse yourself in Christmas cheer at Charleroi’s bustling Christmas Village, with over 30 Christmas themed stalls, local food and drink, and a 700-square-metre ice rink all on offer.
TEXT: ARIANE LAURENT-SMITH | PHOTO: CHARLEROI
Charleroi’s Christmas Village is the perfect place to pick up Christmas gifts from the wide range of artisan products and gifts available, such as wooden handmade Christmas trees or baskets of local produce. If you have younger children, they can listen to fairytale readings or enjoy watching a dance performance. While you are browsing, you can go via the bar and relax with some mulled wine or champagne.
For lunch or dinner, you can pop by the Christmas Village’s restaurant and enjoy delicious, seasonal food, including classic dishes such as tartiflette and fondue Savoyarde. For a little snack, treat yourself to a chocolate waffle or crepe coupled with a Christmas-inspired beer.
Every Friday, there’s a party on the ice rink until midnight, where you can dance on the ice to disco music, with your fluorescent accessories lighting up the rink and contributing to an all-round fun atmosphere. If you’re nervous about taking to the ice, there are beginner sessions in a private area of the ice rink that will have you skating around in no time. Even if the weather is bad, the ice rink is semi-covered so the fun can continue whatever the weather.
Running from 30 November to 6 January, there is plenty of time to enjoy Charleroi’s beautiful Christmas Village. Join the 120,000 visitors who have experienced the wonders of the Christmas Village every winter since its inception, and see why so many of them keep returning.