The calm canals of Bruges are infused with a new lease of life when the lights of the Belgium Christmas markets fill the city. Buildings are lined with lights, detailing the fascinating architecture and the main square transforms into a fairytale-like scene. Christmas markets in Bruges have a festive atmosphere and while it is bustling with an excitement, it still feels relaxed and inviting.
The heart of the Christmas markets in Bruges can be found on the Market Square. The centre is dominated by a huge ice rink where families and friends can show off their skills or help teach stumbling Bambis. Across the city there are a number of smaller Christmas markets open to explore but the close knit streets make it feel like the whole of Bruges has come together to form one big celebration.
Making the most of the festive period, the Christmas markets in Bruges are open from the 23rd November until 1st January. With a short pause on Christmas Day, the city switches all of its lights back on to keep visitors wined and dined and feeling Christmassy from 10am til 7pm. Entrance to all of the Christmas markets in Bruges is free but there is a small charge for those wishing to use the ice rink.
The ice rink in the Market Square is great for all of the family and is the perfect way to build up an appetite for some of the amazing Belgian foodie treats. Warm waffles and rich hot chocolates will heat up cold fingers and toes while local beers will keep faces rosy whilst on holiday in Belgium. Nativity scenes and brass bands fill the streets with noise and good spirit.
If you can resist buying up every food delicacy on offer then browse the local arts and crafts stalls for a unique gift to take home. The market stalls in Bruges offer handmade goods throughout the year and the vendors are in full force for the Christmas period. You'll never know that you need a candle made to look like a glass of beer until you visit the Bruges Christmas markets.
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