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Hasselt Christmas Market with kids

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The Hasselt Christmas market is like a small fun fair, perfect to visit with kids!! Ferris wheel, ice skating, fun rides with reindeers, huge slides, carousels and more Christmas-themed fun fair rides – and of course lots of stalls with gluhwein, waffles and tartiflettes! And to top it off: meet Santa!

Hasselt Christmas market with kids: 10/10 🙂

When: 18.11.2022-08.01.2023


Here is a short video, if you want to see what it’s like

Hasselt is one of the 10 best Chrismas markets near Brussels. See the post to discover the rest!

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There is a Ferris wheel, which we always do to get a different point of view of the city

The covered ice rink is beautiful at night! There are many tables right next to it, so you can watch your kids ice skating while you sip a hot chocolate. Also since it is covered, it is a good option even when the weather is cold/rainy

The Grand Carousel is stunning – and as always, lots of fun for kids

There is a covered giant slide made of wood

There is a little Christmas train, where we spent tons of time – because who wouldn’t want to ride the sleigh with the reindeer? It’s rather small, but it still kept our kids pretty busy

And right next to the Christmas train, you can find Santa’s house! It’s the friendliest Santa ever!! We had no idea what this little house was when we entered, so this was a pleasant surprise. There is also a mailbox for Santa there. Santa Claus comes on 07.12.2022 and you can visit him at his house every day 12.00-20.00 until 30.12.2022

Also the Christmas Flying Reindeer was a big hit!

Santa’s Ghost Villa is a short ride, where people with costumes and masks try to scare the kids. Our son found it funny, but other kids might get scared

There is also the Magical City, a labyrinth with mirrors and some more attractions like the Christmas Hotel (Crazy Palace)

There are many different dining options

Some of them look amazing

It is a wonderful Christmas market for kids!

Practical stuff

*When: 18.11.2022-08.01.2023
Grand Café/Aspen Lounge: every day 10.00-00.00
Ice rink: every day 10.00-22.00
Christmas market/attractions:
Monday–Thursday 12.00-22.00, Friday–Sunday 11.00-22.00
24.12.2022: everything open until 18.00
25.12.2022: everything open as of 12.00
31.12.2022: everything open until 18.00 (after that there is the New Year’s Eve party)
01.01.2023: everything open as of 12.00
*Where: Dusartplein, 3500 Hasselt
*Cost: free entrance to the Christmas market, but attractions are paid. Visiting Santa’s house is free
You can buy ice skating tickets online here
There are some packages you can buy online here
*You can buy tickets for the NYE party here
*Stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly
*Dogs are allowed on a leash (but not allowed at the attractions)
*Parking: right across the street, there is an underground private parking
3500 Hasselt
You can also see other parking places nearby and how many free places there are live here
*You can find more details at the official website here


About 50 minutes drive from Schuman, Brussels (or 1.5 hour by public transport)

The Christmas market is here:
Kolonel Dusartplein, 3500 Hasselt

You can park here (underground private parking right across the street):
3500 Hasselt

Guide with family friendly Christmas events: St Nicholas events, meet Santa, Christmas markets, tractor parades, light shows, Christmas brunches with kids, theater shows and concerts and more!

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Christmas markets are the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. From twinkling lights to delicious treats, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. But when you’re travelling with children, it can be hard to know which markets are the best – and which ones make the most sense for your family. So, here are the 10 best Christmas markets near Brussels to visit with kids and practical tips to plan ahead

This is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe! Check the post to get inspiration for more gorgeous Christmas markets

A Family’s Guide To Christmas Markets: Tips on planning your visit with kids
The following tips will help you know what to expect and to plan ahead your Christmas market experience with kids

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