Christmas is coming to Liège

For a few days now, the “Christmas spirit” has reigned somewhat over the city of Liège with the arrival of illuminations in the city centre. And this is only the beginning since the 21st edition of “Liège, Cité de Noël” will soon open its doors which will be held from Friday November 25 to Sunday January 8, 2023. This is the tourist event the largest city in Liège with an estimated attendance of 2 million visitors from the four corners of Belgium and neighboring countries.

One of the key elements of this edition is, as usual, the Christmas Village. Not only is the Liège Christmas Village the largest in Belgium, but also the oldest since it is organized for the 35th time.

With its 200 chalets, the Christmas Village is and remains a Christmas market! The ideal place to stroll in search of the ideal gift for the holidays, to shop to decorate and garnish the tree, to unearth the creation of the craftsman at work… in short, all the pleasure of doing your “shopping for Christmas” in an atmosphere conducive to discovery and wonder…

But what characterizes the Christmas Village is that it has a real heart, which beats within its arteries. Because Liège actually welcomes within it a real village, with its neighborhoods, the joyful laughter and Gallic quarrels of its “citizens” (understand its exhibitors), its church with its nativity scene animated by Liège puppets, its town hall drowned in the peket and good humor…

Creators and artisans

This year again, the Village will welcome, in ephemeral chalets, more than twenty Belgian creators. Jewellery, scarves, olive oils, creations in turned wood, soaps and even real hand-painted Christmas balls will take turns throughout the event in two chalets on the Allée des Artisans, in front of the department stores.

Another point of interest: the toboggan run, which is making a comeback after a two-year absence. A sporting and fun activity, very much in the spirit of Christmas and winter celebrations!

In front of the Village podium and its activities, every weekend from Friday to Sunday, a “Li Cwène from Confrêrèyes” chalet will welcome Walloon brotherhoods, who will not fail to have their best specialties tasted and share their passions, all in a atmosphere that we guess choice!

Place de la Cathédrale will host the Christmas Ice Rink which will be open from Saturday 26 November until Sunday 8 January. During each session, the ice rink, with an area of ​​540 m2, can accommodate nearly 250 skaters. 350 pairs of skates and scooters, of all sizes, are available. You can also find about forty chalets installed around it.

These are just a few examples of what you can do in Liège during this festive period. The full program can be viewed on the Facebook page: liegecitedenoel or on instagram.com/liegecitedenoel.

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