It will be decorated during the night of November 20 and will light up for the first time on Friday November 26 at 6 p.m., preceding the first sound and light show. It will be the official inauguration of Plaisirs d’Hiver, which will open its doors at 12 noon that same day.
Once again, the search for the specimen was long and painstaking. It resulted in a majestic example 18 meters high located in the garden of an inhabitant in the municipality of Dilbeek who wishes to offer it to the City of Brussels.
The tree dates from the end of the 1970s, when houses were scarce in this pretty corner at the gates of Pajottenland. Planted by the previous owner after having fulfilled the role of Christmas tree for a few years, it has therefore grown with the neighborhood.
After being cut this Wednesday, November 18, the spruce was transported with great care in an exceptional convoy to the Grand-Place where it was erected this Thursday morning. He will be enthroned there until January 10 next to the traditional life-size crèche.
It is therefore during the night of Saturday, November 20 that it will be decorated. For about eight hours, eight professionals helped by three bucket trucks will dress the spruce with 20 beads of backlit red lights, 40 luminous rods with falling snow effect, 40 red balls, 60 wooden balls with a compass rose and 60 stars in wood with the image of the muzzle of a locomotive of yesteryear. Without forgetting the red garlands over a length of 1.3 km. All the illuminations will be in LED.
“The City of Brussels integrates social, environmental and economic sustainability into its events. This is why ten trees will be replanted by the company having cut the mature fir tree. I also took the initiative to ensure the recycling of our beautiful Christmas tree at the end of the event. Last year’s one was transformed into a trophy for this summer’s BXL TOUR as well as street furniture for this edition of Plaisirs d’Hiver. The second life of the 2021 tree is currently under study ”, declares Delphine Houba, Alderman for Culture, Tourism and Major Events at the City of Brussels
” Here we are ! The arrival of the traditional Christmas tree officially launches the holiday season in Brussels. We are delighted that young and old are coming to see him enthroned on the Grand-Place. »Concludes Philippe Close, mayor.