It’s time for the second instalment of my Christmas warm-up posts. Like me, you might be getting into the festive spirit with all the fairs and markets around town starting this past weekend. As an American, I try to wait until after Thanksgiving to start thinking about Christmas. Turkey day is this Thursday, so I guess I’ll be looking to buy a Christmas tree pretty soon. If you will be too, here are a few good places to buy one in Brussels.
I know it’s a little early for Christmas music but this is a good one to listen while reading on below 🙂
My husband loves Christmas, and Christmas trees even more. He has bought one every year for the last 7 years (even as a bachelor – yes I thought that was a little odd too) so is quite particular. His top recommendation is the Christmas tree stand set up at Merode next to Parc du Cinquantenaire. I can’t find any official information online, but the trees come from the German-speaking region of Belgium and, although a bit pricy, are very good quality. I think they usually set up shop around the 1st of December. Expect to spend at least €50.
I recently discovered a great garden shop near my house called Pépinière de Boitsfort. This place is huge – 1600 m² of greenhouses and a 1.5 hectare nursery. They have one of the best assortments of Christmas ornaments and decorations I’ve seen in Brussels, and of course also sell trees. The store is a little hard to find – in between metro Herrmann-Debroux and Gare Watermael – but worth a visit if you need anything plant related. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
If you don’t have a car or don’t want to shop outside in the cold, there are a couple of options to order your Christmas tree online and have it delivered to your door.
Mon Beau Sapin sells both cut trees and trees in pots, as well as fir branches and poinsettia plants. Their delivery service covers all 19 Brussels communes, plus Tervuren. These don’t come cheap – the smallest tree at 1m is €40. The prices listed online include delivery costs. If you’re really not into heavy lifting, they even offer a service to pick up your tree from your house after the holidays.
Ferme Nos Pilifs, part of a Belgian charity, is a working farm near the Royal Palace in Laeken providing jobs to people with disabilities. They will offer Christmas trees as of 1 December, either for purchase on the farm or online. All of their trees come from the Ardennes. You can check out their prices here. Note they charge €25 extra for home delivery. The farm will also hold a Christmas market on 10 and 11 December.
Many florist shops and flower stands at markets around Brussels also sell Christmas trees – both large and small. It is worth checking out prices before you purchase. I was actually pleasantly surprised last year to find a little tree in a pot at Dille & Kamille, the great kitchen and home goods store off Avenue Louise, for only €12. The store also carries some nice Christmas decorations.
Stay tuned for more on the holidays!