Lonely Planet Writer

‘Santa in the Sky’ sees Belgian diners eating at a sleigh restaurant in the air

We’re used to the idea of Santa and his sleigh flying through the sky, but a set of lucky diners in Brussels were able to join him in the air for a novel dining experience this week.

Guests enjoy dinner at the "Santa in the Sky" experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky
Guests enjoy dinner at the “Santa in the Sky” experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky

“Santa in the Sky” launched as a magical four-day pop-up in the Belgian capital, and was a seasonal twist on the regular “Dinner in the Sky” venture.

Guests enjoy dinner at the "Santa in the Sky" experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky
Guests enjoy dinner at the “Santa in the Sky” experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky

It saw 16 diners and the chefs cooking for them lifted high into the air in a restaurant fitted out as a beautifully illuminated and gilded sleigh.

The twinkly-light bedecked carriage was ‘drawn’ through the air by four reindeer – not real ones, of course.

Guests enjoy dinner at the "Santa in the Sky" experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky
Guests enjoy dinner at the “Santa in the Sky” experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky

The restaurant was situated on an open platform suspended from a construction crane in the city’s Sablon Square shopping district.

Guests enjoy dinner at the "Santa in the Sky" experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky
Guests enjoy dinner at the “Santa in the Sky” experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky

Diners were welcomed by a bell-ringing Santa Claus, and could drink hot chocolate with him and warm themselves with a delicious Belgian waffle.

Guests enjoy dinner at the "Santa in the Sky" experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky
Guests enjoy dinner at the “Santa in the Sky” experience in Brussels. Image: Santa in the Sky

From their vantage point strapped securely into chairs in the sky, guests were able to take in the Christmas lights below. They also sang Christmas carols. They could also enjoy a dinner menu from distinguished chefs, some with Michelin stars to their name, as well as high tea.

Events in the Sky is a Brussels-based firm that has brought the sky-dining experience to 58 countries over the past decade. It will be heading to Marrakech in Morocco in December, Teotihuacán in Mexico in January 2017, Brussels in June, and France and various locations in the UK over the summer. According to Michael Chiche, project manager of Events in the Sky, the four-day Christmas event is likely to be repeated next year. See Events in the Sky for further details.