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Christmas market in Bruges

Every year, the Christmas market in Bruges attracts many visitors to the festively decorated old town of the Belgian Hanseatic city. In addition to the two official markets on the Grote Markt and the Simon Stevinplein, there are also many picturesque stalls and huts in the adjacent small streets. There is also a skating rink, an ice sculpture festival and many other attractions.

Romanticism in the light

Wintertime conjures up a charming play of lights in the streets of Bruges. Around the Christmas market on the market square, the Grote Markt, the picturesque Gothic houses are decorated with fairy lights, creating a very special atmosphere that warms the heart. The Christmas market itself differs from the familiar Advent markets in Münster, Nuremberg or Dresden, especially in the details. For the physical well-being, the usual classic Christmas treats such as eggnog and mulled wine or savoury and sweet delicacies can of course also be found at the Christmas market in Bruges.

Would you like something special for the gift table?

During Advent, it’s a good idea to think of your loved ones back home when looking for souvenirs. The Christmas markets of the Flemish capital offer the perfect opportunity to buy typical traditional handicrafts and Belgian specialities, including the famous Belgian Christmas chocolate. After you’ve indulged and sampled yourself, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to buy unusual Christmas gifts for family and friends, as well as Flemish specialities from Bruges for the Christmas gift table.

A contemporary winter experience

The modern Advent season is not just a time for gift-giving or soulful reflection and retrospection. Rather, a contemporary Christmas market also includes the opportunity to enjoy rollicking fun. The brave and the curious will find an ice rink in the middle of the market square at the heart of Bruges Christmas Market, where cheerful families or couples in love can enjoy themselves, depending on the time of day. Carriage drivers offer horse-drawn carriage rides through festively lit Bruges in the vicinity of the Christmas market to round off or break up your visit to the Christmas market. Especially on dry winter evenings, such a ride will give you impressions you won’t soon forget.

What is special about the Christmas market in Bruges?

One of the main attractions at the Bruges Christmas Market every year is the large skating rink, where ice skating enthusiasts can skate alone or in pairs. Whether young or old, alone, as a couple or as a family, skating is a very popular pastime among Belgians, which can then be practised at the Christmas market in the middle of the city centre – the enthusiasm on the opening day is therefore correspondingly great.

It is worth taking a good look at what the stalls have to offer. Among the goods on display at most of the bazaars, there are also many unique handicraft items that make wonderful souvenirs or Christmas gifts for family and friends. The city of Bruges offers its visitors a colourful programme of events during Advent, with activities for all ages and tastes. Particularly popular are the festive music concerts and the impressive ice sculptures that are presented at a festival during the Christmas market. It is fascinating to see what works of art around 40 ice sculptors shape from 500 tonnes of ice.

The Christmas market itself is free of charge, but tickets must be purchased for the ice sculpture exhibition and the skating rink. All year round, sightseeing by horse-drawn carriage is one of the most popular things to do in Bruges. During the pre-Christmas period, when the carriages are romantically decorated with fairy lights, it is a very special experience for couples in love but also for families with children to be driven leisurely through the old town. This could be used at any time as a backdrop for a film set in the Middle Ages.

Culinary specialities

A special feature at the wonderful Christmas market in Bruges is the ice bar, which serves cold and hot drinks, namely mulled wine and eggnog. Belgium is known all over the world for its exquisite chocolate – at the Christmas market, visitors will find, among other things, Belgian Christmas chocolate both to eat and drink. Other treats and specialties of the country, such as warm waffles and of course French fries, are also not to be missed.

The beautiful surroundings and the extensive range of different offerings make a visit to the Christmas market in Bruges a unique experience – the perfect way to get in the mood for the festivities themselves!


Der Weihnachts- und Wintermarkt von Brügge befindet sich an zwei Stellen direkt im Zentrum der Stadt.
  • am Grote Markt, dem Marktplatz von Brügge
  • in der Straße "Simon Stevinplein"