St Nicholas with kids in Belgium: all you need to know

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St Nicholas with kids in Belgium: all you need to know! Where to write to St Nicholas, when and where is he coming and tons of St Nicholas events!

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If you are looking for Christmas events in Belgium, then check out this guide with family friendly Christmas events! Meet Santa, Christmas markets, tractor parades, light shows, Christmas brunches with kids, theater shows, concerts and more!

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Write to St Nicholas

In Belgium your kids can write to St Nicholas until 29.11.2022 and Bpost will deliver your letter!

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Don’t forget to write your address to receive a reply fron St Nicholas!

Here is the address:
Saint-Nicolas
Rue du Paradis 1
0612 Ciel

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St Nicholas is coming!

St Nicholas in Antwerp

Around mid November every year Sinterklaas (the Dutch name for Saint Nicholas) comes to Antwerp by boat!
More details here

St Nicholas in Leuven

A week after Sinterklaas comes to Antwerp, he goes to Leuven.
We have been there in the past accidentally and it was fun!
More details here

Christmas markets

There are several Christmas markets that offer a St Nicholas event on December 6th, like at the Château de Rixensart Christmas Market, a beautiful Christmas market on a castle near Brussels.

However the following two Christmas markets, Hasselt and Cologne, have a small St Nicholas house where you can meet him. In Cologne there are also kids activities organized there!

Hasselt Christmas market

Hasselt offers a lovely Christmas market – it is definitely one of the best to visit with kids in Europe! A Ferris wheel, an ice rink, a giant slide 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! Right next to the Christmas train, you can find Santa’s house. It’s the friendliest Santa ever. There is also a mailbox for Santa there. Santa Claus comes on on December 6th and you can visit him at his house every day 12.00-20.00 until December 30th

See more photos (and a video) and get all practical tips in this post on the Hasselt Christmas market

Hasselt Christmas Market with kids 2022

A lovely Christmas market with lots of attractions for kids! A Ferris wheel, an ice rink, a giant slide and more Christmas-themed fun fair rides – and of course lots of stalls with gluhwein, waffles and tartiflettes!

Cologne

Cologne offers several amazing Christmas markets, ice skating, meet St Nicholas, kids program.. Read on for practical tips on visiting the Cologne Christmas market with kids

The Village of St. Nicholas (Nikolausdorf in German) is the most kids friendly Christmas market of all in Cologne. Do not miss this, if you are visiting the Cologne Christmas market with kids!

At Nikolaushaus (the house of St Nicholas) you can find a program for kids with different activities every day, like baking, putting together a wish list for Santa Claus and more. Also Nikolaus appears there every hour and sings carols with the kids! Nikolaus then goes around the Christmas market to greet everyone

Cologne Christmas market 2022

Cologne offers several amazing Christmas markets, each one is better than the other! Read on for practical tips on visiting the Cologne Christmas market with kids

Museums

Euro Space Center

When: 03-04.12.2022
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Euro Space Center

An interactive science museum about space that is lots of fun and educational at the same time

Indoor playgrounds

Planet Kids

When: 02.12.2022 and 07.12.2022
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Le Monde d’Ayden

When: 03.12.2022
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Le Monde d’Ayden

An inclusive indoor playground (the best we’ve been here so far!) created by a mom with a beautiful story behind it. Great design-wise, relaxing music and a lot of sensory activities for kids

Kids Fantasy Land

When: 04.12.2022
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Indoor amusement parks

Plopsa Indoor Hasselt

When: 03.12.2022 at 14.00
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See the full post on Plopsa Indoor Hasselt here for lots of practical details, photos and a video

Plopsa Indoor Hasselt

Plopsa Indoor Hasselt is an indoor family-friendly amusement park. Read on for practical tips to plan ahead your visit with kids

Plopsa Station Antwerp

When: 03.12.2022 at 12.30
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Plopsa Station Antwerp

Plopsa Station Antwerp is a fun place for younger kids in the heart of Antwerp (with video)

Library

Library Romain Rolland

When: 03.12.2022 at 10.30
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Puppet Theater

Theatre du Ratinet

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When: 26-27, 30.11.2022, 3-4, 7.12.2022
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Toy library

Toy library Etterbeek

When: 03.12.2022
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Communes

Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

When: 30.11.2022 (will be updated with new dates next year)
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Auderghem

When: 30.11-03.12.2022
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Halle

When: 19.11.2022 (this post will be updated every year)
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Schaerbeek parade

When: 03.12.2022
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Farm

Ferme et Compagnie

When: 26.11.2022
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See post on past event at Ferme et Compagnie to get an idea of what it’s like

Train

Le Chemin de Fer du Bocq

When: 03-04.12.2022
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Restaurants

Chalet Robinson

When: 04.12.2022
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Citizen Kane, Lounain-la-Neuve

When: 20.11.2022 (will be updated with new dates next year)
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Shopping malls

Docks Shopping Mall

When: Saturday 03.12.2022 at 11.00-13:00 and at 14.00-1800
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Basilix Shopping Center

When: 19.11-03.12.2022, 13.00-18.00
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Stockel Square Shopping Mall

When: 03.12.2022 at 14.00-18.00
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Westland Shopping Mall

When: 03.12.2022 at 14.00-18.00
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If you are wondering what to do in Belgium with the kids during Christmas holidays, then read on this 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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