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Explore Hasselt Christmas Market for festive joy, with ice skating, local crafts, and fun rides for everyone in this charming winter setting.
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!
When: 17.11.2023 – 07.01.2024
Here is a short video, if you want to see what it’s like
There is a Ferris wheel, which we always love because we get a different point of view of the city.
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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
Santa in Hasselt
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 great surprise.
There is also a mailbox for Santa there.
The Grand Carousel is stunning – and as always, lots of fun for kids
Fun Rides 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
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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)
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Where to Eat at the Hasselt Christmas Market
There are many different dining options
Some of the restaurants look amazing
It is a wonderful Christmas market for kids!
Opening Hours of Hasselt Christmas Market
- 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
- 24.12.2023: everything open until 18.00
- 25.12.2023: everything open as of 12.00
- 31.12.2023: everything open until 18.00 (after that there is the New Year’s Eve party)
- 01.01.2024: 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)
*You can find more details at the official website here
Where to Park to Visit the Hasselt Christmas Market
- Right across the street, there is Dusartparking. You can find the underground private parking here.
- You can also see other parking places nearby and how many free places there are live here
About 50 minutes drive from Schuman, Brussels (or 1.5 hour by public transport)
The Christmas market takes place here:
Kolonel Dusartplein, 3500 Hasselt
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