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Bruges Christmas Market 2023

A special occasion full of the festive hustle and bustle, Belgian delicacies, and authentic holiday gifts

Dates: November 24, 2023–January 7, 2024

Bruges Christmas Market
Bruges Christmas Market
Bruges Christmas Market

The capital of West Flanders is irresistibly enchanting between late November and early January, when Bruges' historic city center transforms into a giant winter wonderland. The festival, called Winter Glow, offers a holiday lights trail, a winter bar, and ice skating on the Minnewater, aka Lake of love. But the most favorite part of the festive season in the city must be holiday shopping at the two Brugge Christmas markets spreading over Markt and Simon Stevinplein (Markt Square and Simon Stevin Square).

Bruges Christmas markets promise an exceptional atmosphere, enhanced by the illuminated medieval facades. You will discover a wide range of stalls selling the best Belgian goodies, including homemade hot chocolate, Christmas beers, spiced glühwein, ice-cold jenever, diverse cheeses, and a host of hearty dishes. Moreover, you can buy authentic crafts, like Belgian lace, holiday décor, and a unique hand-made gift for your special friend. In addition, the visitors are entertained by choral concerts and other seasonal jollities. For more information, please check the official website, whose link is provided in the External Resources below.

Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in northwest Belgium. Take your time to explore its fancy cobbled streets full of medieval buildings, see its canals, a Zeebrugge port, and numerous picture-perfect sights. The city is charming during the day and night and is worth spending a night or two. Consider booking accommodations nearby from the map below.

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