A ride on the 32-metre high Ferris wheel at the place de la Constitution provides passengers with a spectacular view of the city and of the Christmas market stalls below
Photo: David Laurent/VDL
On the big wheel or on the ice, kids will love Winterlights activities.
The advent season in Luxembourg City provides a magical time for children, as well as adults, as the capital is swathed in warm light and hisses to the sound of skates swishing over ice and sausages sizzling on the grill. What used to be a small and intimate Christmas market on the place d’Armes, complete with live music performances mist evenings, has now spread across the boulevard Roosevelt to the place de la Constitution and over the rue Chimay onto the place Guillaume II. It is there that the temporary Knuedler on Ice skating rink is the centrepiece. An 800-square-metre partly covered rink, it attracts families and courting teens, but is essentially a paradise for young kids--there are even toy animal sleds for those not yet confident enough to brave a solo outing on skates.
A ride on the 32-metre-high Ferris wheel at the place de la Constitution provides passengers with a spectacular view of the city and of the Christmas market stalls below. The market here offers visitors less “traditional” fare than the stalls on the place d’Armes. Indeed, it has been marketed as a veritable culinary journey around the world.
Smaller markets are installed on the place de Paris and on the Grand-Rue at the Puits-Rouge. A new addition this year is a market on the freshly renovated place du Théâtre, which will house stalls selling crafts and regional produce.
A modern homage to the traditional circus, the annual show under the big top just before Christmas features acrobats, daredevils, clowns, jugglers, strongmen and a rollerblading trapeze artist from Scandinavia and a fire-eating hair-hanging act from Liverpool.
Kleeschen, as Saint Nicholas is known in Luxembourg, arrives at the city train station at around 1:30 p.m. on 2 December for the start of a traditional parade up to the place Guillaume II via the Christmas markets on the place de Paris and place de la Constitution. He will be accompanied by his wicked sidekick, Housecker, and floats carrying angels. They will distribute sweets and goodies to crowds lining the route.
2 December at 1:30 p.m.
Luxembourg-Gare and Centre
The Rotondes and the Théâtres de la Ville each year put on a special programme of shows aimed at kids for the Christmas holidays. Many of the performances in the “Chrëschtdeeg am Theater” programme are dialogue free, so can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of language proficiency.
23 November to 24 December (Knuedler on Ice until 6 January 2019)