Bruges Christmas Market

Bruges Christmas Market
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From Fri 22 November 2019 to Wed 1 January 2020
From Friday 22 November 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020
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Bruges Christmas Market
Photo: welovechristmasmarkets.com
Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, it is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North. During the holiday season, its historic center (which is, by the way, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) transforms into a large Christmas market full of joy and festive cheer. The
Bruges Christmas market
is centered around the city’s Market Square (Grote Markt).
The
Market Square
is located in the heart of Bruges, covering an area of about 1 hectare. Its historical highlights include the Provincial Court, Cranenburg House, and the belfry of Bruges. With its medieval architecture, the Market Square is the perfect place for an atmospheric Christmas market that offers a wide range of traditional Christmas gifts and treats. It attracts thousands of visitors, locals and tourists alike, who want to experience the Christmas spirit.
What can you find at the Bruges Christmas market? The market features
several dozen stalls
where local merchants and artisans sell handicrafts, jewelry, knitwear, gift items, Christmas decorations, and more. If you need to buy Christmas gifts and souvenirs for your nearest and dearest, you will surely check some items off your gift list here. Authentic wooden chalets are decorated with garlands and fairy lights, which makes shopping even more pleasant.
Naturally, there are
food stalls
that offer local specialties and Christmas treats. You can taste Belgian crepes with sweet and savory fillings and toppings, different kinds of Belgian waffles (Brussels waffles, Liège waffles, Flemish waffles, and the stroopwafel), a variety of cheeses, famous Belgian chocolate, fries served with different sauces, cougnou (traditional Christmas bread), etc.
Vendors also serve Belgium’s
signature drinks
, first of all beer and jenever. For a relatively small country, Belgium produces a very large number of beers, so you absolutely have to sample at least some of them, even if the weather is chilly. Jenever is the national and traditional liquor of Belgium flavored with juniper. You can also enjoy traditional hot drinks such as mulled wine, hot cider or hot chocolate.
Alongside its food and gift stalls, the Bruges Christmas market offers a rich entertainment program. The market’s
main attractions
include a skating rink set in the picturesque scenery of the main square, beautiful ice sculptures, horse-drawn carriages for romantic rides through the old town, and more.
Country
Belgium
City
Bruges
Dates
from
November 20, 2015
to
January 4, 2016
from
November 18, 2016
to
January 1, 2017
from
November 24, 2017
to
January 2, 2018
from
November 23, 2018
to
January 1, 2019
from
November 22, 2019
to
January 1, 2020
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