Nordic style christmas at Gaasbeek castle, 16th and 17th of December

Tables laid for a sumptuous Christmas Dinner and decorated Christmas trees show the rich and varied traditions of the different northern countries. Historical attire, music and film, people reading stories... make the castle rejoice in the brightness of the northern lights while guests will be entertained by Danish fairy tales, Norwegian trolls and the Finnish and Swedish Holy Lucia. Both on Saturday and on Sunday, this Lucia will be present in the Castle grounds where you can hear and see her perform. But Scandinavia also boasts a rich culinary tradition. Hot gloggs, herring with knackebrot, aquavit, rice puddings and Swedish spiced biscuits are only a few of the many culinary specialties that guests can taste at the “Christmas at the Castle” event.

On Sunday, Icelandic children dance around a huge Christmas tree, a jolly Finnish Santa Claus visits the castle on Saturday and on Sunday you can enjoy a mix of Scandinavian folk music. All weekend long, children as well as adults are very welcome in the fruit room, where they can learn to make typical Scandinavian Christmas decorations in a workshop. So, once again, a fabulous atmosphere will mark these deliberately non-commercial Christmas festivities at Gaasbeek Castle.

Practical information: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, from 2pm to 8pm. Admission price: 3 Euros. Free for children under seven and inhabitants of Lennik. For more information: 02 531 01 30 or kasteelvangaasbeek@vlaanderen.be

SEE PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MINISTRY OF THE FLEMISH COMMUNITY NOVEMBER 2006



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