Still looking for a perfect getaway for the holiday season? Don’t look further! Antwerp is the city of diamonds but it offers a lot more : museum, historical places, exclusive shops, Christmas market, romantic walks and plenty of ideas to celebrate New Year in style!
The traditional Christmas market
If you are looking for traditional gifts, the Antwerp Christmas market is the place to be! With hundreds of wooden chalets located around the Grote Markt, you can find the best handicrafts and presents in town. Belgian artisans and those from abroad offer their specialties, original gifts and tasteful decorations. Don’t forget to try the hot wine and beignet. A local’s favorite! The Antwerp Christmas market also boasts a Christmas village and spectacular ice rink.
Shop ’til you drop in Antwerp exclusive boutiques
Shopping is a national past time in Flanders and even more so in Antwerp. Between the fashion district and the Quartier Latin, the Meir is a pedestrianized shopping street lined with 18th and 19th-century facades. You can find exclusive shops and designer’s boutiques. On cold and rainy days, the Grand Bazaar and Stadsfeestzaal shopping centers are the best destinations.
While shopping in Antwerp, you can not skip a visit in the Diamond Quarter. A square mile of pure luxury right in the center of the city. A visit to Antwerp is a perfect opportunity to buy a diamond for a special occasion.
New Year’s Eve in Antwerp
What better way to mark the transition from 2012 to 2013 than with a fireworks show? In Antwerp, the night skies will be a blaze of light and colour on Monday 31 December 2012 with a display of stunning pyrotechnics. This unique firework extravaganza is specially designed for the city and will be combined with festive music. Once the firework is over, enjoy the rest of the night in Antwerp streets or in one of the many bars or clubs in the area.
Have a sparkling 2013!