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NUTS Weekend Bastogne

2019 will be marked by the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. On the 13, 14, and 15th of December, the City of Bastogne and the Bastogne War Museum will take part in the annual NUTS Weekend, during which a series of events will be held.

Programme:

Commemoration of the Siege of Bastogne (Saturday 14th)

Organised by the Town of Bastogne, the commemoration is a patriotic procession that brings together veterans, brotherhoods, dignitaries, students, Belgian and American military platoons and veterans and includes the laying of two wreaths (at the Patton and McAuliffe monuments). The ‘Jet de Noix’ (throwing of the nuts) from the balcony of the Town Hall brings the commemoration to a close. Free admission.

Perimeter Walk (Saturday 14th)

Historical walk punctuated with static reconstructions set up by collectors. Three different walking distances starting from the Sports Centre. Price: €6.

War Book Fair

This book fair, organised by the Town of Bastogne in collaboration with Croisy bookshop, will take place in the glass-covered hall of INDSé 2nd and 3rd grades (Séminaire), and will offer a wide selection of books dealing with the 1940-45 war, plus a selection for kids. Signing sessions will also be organised. Free admission.

Show at the Mardasson

Spectacular sound and light show projected onto the Mardasson Monument. Organised by the Bastogne Memorial asbl (not-for-profit association). Five shows over the weekend. Free admission.

WHI Bastogne Barracks

A place of great importance during the Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne Barracks, the site of the War Heritage Institute (WHI), brings you right back to December 1944. Lively exhibitions, a parade of vintage military vehicles, vehicle restorations… an unforgettable experience! A sound and light show will complete the weekend programme. Free admission.

Nuts Days at the Bastogne War Museum

Over the weekend, the museum will host a book sale/exchange for war books and historical documents as well as displaying static WWII reconstructions around the building. On Sunday, the public will be able to meet several veterans. Free admission.

Military Vehicle Parade (Sunday 15th)

Roughly a hundred military vehicles of the time and today will parade in the Grand’rue (main street). An event organised by the city in collaboration with the WHI. A static exhibition of these same vehicles will also be on display in the Quartier Latin. Free admission.

Christmas Market

There will be more than fifty stalls, a toboggan run, a carousel and Santa’s house for children! Throughout the weekend, the following entertainment will be offered to visitors:
– Friday: 1940s marching band and jazz battle
– Saturday: 1940s singer and ‘guinguette’ (café/bar)
– Sunday: projection of old photos, music of the 1940s and fireworks display.
Free admission.

NUTS Weekend Bastogne

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