Best Christmas markets in Belgium 2023
This winter, discover the Most Beautiful Christmas markets in Belgium. Take a stroll on the Grand-Place in Brussels and marvel at its Christmas tree, ranked among the best Christmas trees in Europe. Enjoy a romantic Christmas getaway in Bruges and go ice skating with your loved one or hop aboard the Ghent Ferris Wheel and taste its local specialties. Want to pay the Walloons a visit? Stroll through the charming city of Liège and discover its Christmas village which grows bigger and more and more magical every year.
Don't just visit one Christmas market in Belgium: there are very lively other ones in Louvain-La-Neuve and Leuven for example. Enjoy their festive and student atmosphere. For a more cozy, chic atmosphere, stay in Ostend, this thermal destination is very much appreciated by royal families at Christmas time.
From North to South, from East to West, the most beautiful Christmas markets in Belgium await you this winter.
From 24th November to 31st December 2023
Winter Wonders is your favourite Christmas market in Belgium followed by Ghent, Antwerpen, Brugge and Liège. With its 2.5 million visitors, "Winter Wonders" is the unmissable end-of-year event in Brussels which, for the occasion, dons its festive costume and pulls out all the stops on the menu.
The warm and joyful atmosphere of ‘Winter Wonders’ will surround visitors from all over the world: magical lights from the Great North, cultural and fun activities, original gift ideas and other novelties are awaiting you, making for unforgettable shared moments.
Opening dates: From 24th November to 31st December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels, Amsterdam (1H).
Where to stay: Novotel Brussels City Centre, located in the heart of Brussels where the Christmas Market is held.
From 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024
In addition to a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of seasonal jollity, you will also be able to find that unusual last-minute present for someone special.
The Bruges Christmas and winter market will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, in the cosy city centre. There will be a good range of stalls offering all kinds of delicious local food and drinks. Home-made hot chocolate, ice-cold jenever, spiced glühwein... along with Belgian beers, cheeses and hearty dishes. There’s something for everyone. The Bruges winter market is also a great place to shop for an original Christmas gift. You’ll find a wide range of attractive, original and handmade Christmas presents. And choral concerts are planned for you to enjoy.
Opening dates: From 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels (Zaventem Airport - 1h30 by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Relais Bourgondish" 200 m from the Christmas Market.
From 7th December to 31st December 2023
The entire Winterfeesten area and all squares will ooze the atmosphere of the Nordics. Just imagine the smell of pine, lots of green, cosiness, lights, northern lights, moose, chalets, homeliness, warmth...
Everyone feels welcome, and it's just great to spend a fun and heartwarming time with friends and family. You can just picture yourself walking through a Scandinavian Christmas village, right in the middle of a wintery pine forest.
When visiting the stunning inner city centre of Ghent, plenty of magical moments will cross your path. The smell of a snowy pine forest, northern lights, the moon peeking through the stars... Winter 'chill' becomes winter 'warmth'.
Opening dates: From 7th December to 31st December 2023 (Confirmed).
Where to stay: "Ghent Mariott Hotel" 500m from the Christmas Market.
From 25th November to 30th December 2023
The Liege Christmas Village is not only the biggest in Belgium, but the oldest too. Loyal to the long-standing Germanic tradition of Christmas markets, in the very heart of the city, the Liege Christmas Village reproduces the special, magical and fairy-tale atmosphere of the Christmas festivities. Yet also loyal to its Latin character, with the aid of its Village Council and its many food-serving chalets, the Christmas Village boasts an innovative festive and friendly atmosphere that has become its distinguishing feature, helping it to stand out from its Germanic and Alsatian counterparts.
Opening dates: From 24th November to 30th December 2023.
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels (1h by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Amosa Liège City Centre" 70 m from Liège Christmas Market.
From 1st December 2023 to 8th January 2024
If you are into art, cosiness, shopping, ice skating, Santa Claus, Christmas presents and/or delicious food, you should definitely pay a visit to Ostend this winter. Christmas is the perfect time to take a trip to Belgium and explore the City by The Sea. Ostend doesn't have one but two (!) cosy Christmas Markets. Another eye-catcher during the ‘Winter in Ostend’ event is an illuminated tunnel in the Adolf Buylstraat shopping street. This tunnel will be covering the entire street for a distance of 188 meters with a breath-taking canopy consisting of 232,500 lights!
And why not combine your visit to the city with a search for the ideal Christmas gift? The biggest advantage of shopping in Ostend is the fact that shops are also open on Sundays and bank holidays! Moreover, your presents will be packaged in the special Ostend Christmas gift wrapping.
Opening dates: From 2nd December 2023 to 7th January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels Airport (1h by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Upstairs hotel". Stay in the heart of Ostend.
From 7th December to 21st December 2023
30 years young already this year and definitely the cosiest Christmas market in the country. 140 white stalls are waiting for you in the heart of Leuven, at H. Hooverplein and Mgr. Ladeuzeplein.
You are met by wonderful aromas from an array of delicacies and whilst strolling about you will most certainly find that ideal Christmas gift you had been searching for so long, or pick up ideas for your own lovely Christmas decoration.
Do not forget to visit Father Christmas with the kids. He is dwelling in his marvelous little cottage in the middle of the wood. A ride on our nostalgic children’s carrousel will make the child’s heart beat faster! Enjoy Winter tales for young and old.
Opening dates: From 6th December to 21st December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels Airport (20 min by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Pentahotel Leuven" located right in Leuven's historical centre.
From 24th November to 20th December 2023
20 days to enjoy the Magic of Christmas in Louvain-la-Neuve!
Spread over the two main squares, the Louvain-la-Neuve Christmas market brings a real touch of magic to the town.
Louvain-la-Neige welcomes more than 80 craftsmen, producers and creators. For sure, you will find something to spoil or surprise the ones you love : atypical presents, art objects of traditional manufacture, unique affordable items, poetic and original toys, jewelry, Christmas wreath tinsel and lights, candles and decoration…
Opening dates: From 24th November to 20th December 2023 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels (Zaventem Airport - 40 min by public transport).
Where to stay: "Ibis Style Louvain-la-Neuve". Offering a restaurant and bar with an à la carte menu.
From 8th December 2023 to 7th January 2024
Skate around the brand-new ice-skating rink, play miniature golf in a fire forest, shop for Christmas gifts at over 90 stalls, warm your hands to the roaring fire in the winter bar, kiss under the giant mistletoe and enjoy a magnificent sweeping view of the city from the giant Ferris wheel. What's more, you can also take home a fun souvenir of your visit from one of the many photo booths.
This winter, Antwerp is the place to go for anyone who enjoys the ultimate holiday experience.
Opening dates: From 8th December 2023 to 7th January 2024 (Confirmed).
How to get there: Book your flights to Brussels (Zaventem Airport - 30 min by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Hampton by Hilton Antwerp Central Station" Situated right next to Antwerp Central Station.
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