Liège, Christmas City

November - December

November 24th, 2017 — January 7, 2018

 Looking for a run-of-the-mill Christmas village? Move on, then. In Liège, the entire city is gripped by Christmas fever!

The historical heart shining under the fairy lights, four Christmas villages, an ice rink at the foot of the cathedral, a sprawling ice sculpture exhibition, a craft village, the European Circus Festival… Here are all the excuses you need to end or start the year in Liège.

The "Liège, Christmas City" concept brings together a wide range of initiatives and activities that place the magic of Christmas and the New Year at the heart of the Ardent City.

The Tourist Office team will be on duty in a Christmas village cottage from November 28 to December 31 to give you all the information you need! You will find us at the beginning of Rue Joffre, not far from Place de l'Opéra.


Liège has been a worthy keeper of the great Germanic Christmas village tradition for almost 30 years. Mulled wine, spellbinding lights, crafts and the seasonal treats typical of Christmas villages are set against a unique backdrop in Liège. From the opening at the end of November to the closure on New Year's Eve, there is always something going on for children and grown-ups! The village on Place de la Cathédrale even extends into early January.

The traditional villages are on Place de Marché —the oldest one—, Place Saint-Lambert —with its seasonal cottages on the square and the artisan alley in Rue Joffre— and Place de la Cathédrale, with its famous ice rink

Each village has its own special flavour and its own variety of shops, so do take the time to wander from one to the other to experience the many aspects of Christmas in the genuine Liège style. It is also an opportunity to discover, street by street, the mesmerising lights and the often charming decorations of the shops in the city's commercial heart.




Ever since 1999, the Liège Christmas Ice Rink has played a key role in the Christmas and New Year festivities as part of a wide range of activities developed under the concept "Liège, Christmas City" (ice rink, village, European Circus Festival, Puppet Festival, concert in the Cathedral, etc.).

It will remain for five weeks on Place de la Cathédrale, the liveliest shopping area in Liège, where it will serve as a meeting point packed with activities under extraordinary lights, attracting over 20,000 skaters every year!

Check out all the information and rates on the ice rink's official website.


European Circus Festival 

Stefan Agnessen has been taking his suitcases and talent to the heart of Liège for 25 years, inviting the top circus performers in Europe to a great series of shows. Children and grown-ups alike will gaze in awe at the exploits of acrobats, clowns and tamers for about a month in a warm, friendly atmosphere typical of the season.

The European Circus Festival awards will be given out at the closing gala.

From December 14, 2017, to January 7, 2018

Check out all the information and rates on the event's official website.


Practical information


• Exceptional opening hours for shops:


This year, 2 Sunday openings are scheduled, from 11.00 to 18.00: - On Sunday 17th December - And Sunday 24th December

• Car parks:

Pay and display car park spaces will be free from Saturday 9th December to Sunday 1st January if you display a parking disc.



The Christmas river buses


River buses will connect the Coronmeuse site to the Fragnée district with a stop at the foot of the Passerelle Saucy footbridge. They will enable visitors to park at Coronmeuse, outside the city centre, and enjoy “Liège Christmas City” in total peace of mind.


When? Every weekend from 25th November to 24th December from 11.00 to 18.00 with departures every hour from Coronmeuse and La Belle Liégeoise footbridge.


Stops: - Coronmeuse (Pays de Liège stop – left bank) - Kurth (on Quai Godefroid Kurth) - Centre (at the Saucy footbridge, opposite the former Central Post Office – left bank) - La Belle Liégeoise footbridge (near Guillemins – left bank) - Fragnée (on Quai Gloesener)


Price: € 5 per return journey The map of stops and boat timetables can be viewed here.