The Magic of Christmas begins this December 1, in Mouscron

After the long pandemic, the Christmas market can almost completely redeploy. “We are very happy to have a Christmas party again after two difficult years. Citizens and outside visitors will be able to take advantage of the facilities, including those that can be placed for the first time on the Grand-Place, after the Covid and the works, said the mayor, thinking all the same of the ice rink which remains exceptionally on hold for 2022. With the energy crisis, calculating what it was going to cost us, we finally decided not to put it on. It was therefore necessary to revise the plan of this Christmas market at the last minute. Next year, it will come back and we will even use the town hall whose work will be finished!”

1. It starts earlier

The countdown is on: in one week, “La Féerie de Noël” is back on. “We often opened on the 2nd Thursday of December. We decided to inaugurate it this Thursday, December 1st. We wanted to start earlier, in particular so that the craftsmen could propose their gift ideas well in time.says Alderman Laurent Harduin at the Festivities. The festive aspect and the artisan village will end on December 25. The route with new automata will continue until January 7.”

2. Climbing and Guignol theater

The City and Gestion Centre-Ville have decided to compensate for the removal of the ice rink with two initiatives that will delight young and old alike. “There will be a real old-fashioned Guignol theatre, under a marquee, on the Grand-Place.” At Urban Renovation, an adventure course will be accessible. “It will be a free climbing module.”

3. Wow and yummy fairy trail!

From December 1 to January 7, a magical path with around forty new automatons will therefore be visible at the Urban Renovation which will again be nicely brightened up by La Prairie. The circus, cinema, Christmas casino, gourmet cuisine… will be some moving visuals to enjoy. The organization also heard the desire of the public to be able to reinvigorate themselves while strolling within the Urban Renovation. “Mélicoco will sell sweet and savory pancakes there while Dreams Donuts will offer its donuts”says Pauline Vanderbeke of the Syndicat d’Initiative.

4. On to the music!

The organization has decided to trust Zenith Cover again, a safe bet to provide the musical atmosphere at the inauguration on December 1, at 8 p.m.

”For the closing of December 23, at 8 p.m., it will be AutoThune which will return, after its concert on July 20 on the Grand-Place. They are very strong, they sing songs to other tunes!”, Mrs. Vanderbeke continues to be enthusiastic.

We can also mention the concert of the locals, the Mabouls Kies, on Saturday December 3, at 5:30 p.m. On December 18, place at the Bandas de Dottignies which will stroll from 3 p.m. As for the CantAnima choir, meet at 5 p.m. at the Urban Renovation. Finally, the Christmas choreography by the Lov 2 Dance school in Menin, will be enjoyed at 4 and 6 p.m., also at the Urban Renovation.

5. Sound and light procession

”City of light” will wander on December 11 to illuminate the eyes of onlookers literally and figuratively. “We asked for extras and the Mouscronnois are hypermotivated to participate, we have already received 80 applications! These people will be costumed and put on an armature with lights. There will be five scenes (The Earth, the moon…) and each one will have its own choreography. It will start at the back of Staquet, at 6 p.m., for an arrival on the Grand-Place around 6:45 p.m./7 p.m. where a sound and light show with a projection on the town hall will be offered.

6. But still…

We can also mention the House of Father Christmas still accessible to the Renovation to be photographed there (December 10, 17, 18, 21 and 23).

The Coca-Cola truck also remains faithful to make a stopover in Mouscron. See you on December 20 on the Grand-Place.

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€5 for a one-hour Guignol show – 2 sessions per day except 9/12, at 4 and 6 p.m. At 3 and 5 p.m., 11/12.

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