Discovering Mons in winter means discovering the cultural wealth of this Walloon city steeped in history and architectural splendour. Since being designated European Capital of Culture in 2015, Mons offers a captivating experience for those wishing to discover its unique cultural heritage. In the warmth, or outside, here's a list of activities to do this winter, with family or friends.
Festivals in Mons
MONS en Lumières
Embark on the first edition of the MONS en Lumières festival, a luminous experience that has already conquered different Belgian cities such as Bruges and Ghent. From 25 to 28 January and 1st to 4 February, from 6.30pm to midnight, explore the city centre along a 3km route featuring 26 exhibitions and light projections.
2024 is also the first winter edition of the FestiFood festival, which celebrates Belgian gastronomic cuisine. The festival, already well known for its summer edition, will take place this winter over two consecutive weekends, from 29 February to 3 March, and from 7 to 10 March, under a heated marquee on the Grand-Place in Mons. A convivial moment to share with friends and family, tasting delicious gastronomic recipes prepared by 6 chefs (including Michelin-starred chefs) who will be present at the event.
Visit of the city centre and surrounding area
For the less chilly, admire the historic buildings as you enjoy a walk around the Grand Place, and don't forget to stroke the monkey's head at the foot of the Hôtel de Ville for good luck. Pursue your visit with a peaceful moment of tranquillity in the Jardin du Mayeur and take the time to climb the 365 steps of the belfry for a breath-taking view on the city!
Mons is a dynamic city, driven by its street art trail, which adds an explosion of colours and decorative elements, making the whole city even more beautiful. It is like an open-air museum!
You can also discover Mons through its captivating museums. Immerse yourself in Mons folklore by visiting the Doudou museum, a museum dedicated to the Ritual Duchess, Sint-Georges and the dragon in the heart of the historical city of Mons. Immerse yourself in history by visiting the MMM Mons Memorial Museum. This museum let you relive the memorable events of the past. You can also visit an emblematic museum in Mons, the Van Gogh house. It offers you total immersive in the creative spirit of the well-known painter. An incredible experience for any art lover in search of inspiration and discovery.
Shows and concerts aplenty
The Royal Theatre of Mons offers a wide range of shows and concerts in winter. From theatrical magic to intimate musical performances and comedy shows, the theatre is a cultural treasure trove not to be missed.
Let yourself be transported into a world of diverse emotions and choose your evening activity: concert, stand-up or theatre plays. The many options will offer a rich and memorable cultural experience for all those with a passion for the living arts.
Mons also offers a large choice of indoor activities perfect for cold winter days! Practice your swing on the indoor golf course at Goolfy. Enjoy some fun, sport or relaxation at the Lago swimming pool. For a thrilling experience, head to SPARKOH!, where you can discover the role of science in everyday life in a fun way.
Take advantage of this getaway to Mons to extend the magic of your day at Martin’s Dream. Located in the heart of Mons, you'll be close to your activity for the next day, while enjoying a unique experience: staying in a former church!