Have you seen the gigantic Xmas tree in Grote Markt. How about the big ice skating ring in Groenplaats? If you feel all Xmas, than you cannot miss the market in the city centre. Besides the Giant Ferris wheel and the big Xmas tree like every year the Stad van Antwerpen creates something new. This edition there is even an Escape Room at Steenplein and the Wall of Wishes. Every year this event goes beyond the previous year. Don’t miss the Hanging Winter Garden, right in the middle of Grote Markt, perfect shelter if it rains. Typical food of the Winter in Antwerp is Spek Patatjes and Gluewijn. But also don’t miss the typical Belgian Jenever (that will warm you up!) Pannekoeken, Rochers and much more.
Start walking in Groenplaats, you can rent for 3€ the ice skates (+ 4€ entrance) and use them as long as you like, you can also rent a penguin for 3€ this will be useful if you have kids along, they can sit on them so you can push them and they don’t get tired while skating. Let yourself be surprised by the local products sold at the different stands, also all along Suikerrui. While walking towards Grote Markt you cannot miss the evocative and magical Winterbos, an installation created in the square of the Cathedral, Handschoenmarkt, by Christophe Van Hostauijen en Piet Winten (same creator of De Grote Schijn in Rivierenhof). Don’t miss the Giant Ferris Wheel (finally completely sheltered so you won’t freeze up there). You can now also book your Winter Escape Room on Steenplein (it lasts 20 min) and also experience the VR Dome: use the VR glasses and choose your game while jumping down the tube slide. Enjoy the Joe Winter Bar (and a few other indoor bars) all dedicated and promoted by the radio station Joe. Happy Xmas everybody and enjoy the end of the year. Fireworks scheduled on the Schelde just in front of the Zuiderterras on the 31/12 at midnight.