A guide to the best Christmas Markets in Belgium this year
Christmas in Belgium is the most important holiday period of the year.
Just like any other European nation, Belgium has its unique style of celebrating Christmas.
Not only are there loads of typical food that await visitors, but every major town in Belgium takes care of its festive atmosphere.
Christmas in Belgium can’t be complete without its Christmas markets!
But where is the best Christmas market in Belgium?
This article will take you to the best Christmas markets in Belgium!
You will also discover some of the best places to visit in Belgium during Christmas to have the best holiday season.
This small and cozy country in Western Europe is often called “the kingdom of rain” due to the high amount of precipitation.
The winters in Belgium are pretty cold, with an average temperature of 0-3°C.
However, it can go – 0°C as well due to the cold winds. Belgium does get to see snowfall, but not every year.
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1. Bruges Christmas Market
As the winter knocks on the door, Bruges gets all fuzzy with its Christmas spirit.
This small and pretty medieval town starts looking like a fairytale as soon as the temperatures begin to drop.
You will smell the dazzling fragrance of freshly prepared waffles from a distance.
The fairy lights up above you are covering the entire market street.
During Christmas time, Bruges, Belgium really turns into a Christmas fairytale town.
Due to its particularly quaint and historic town center, the Bruges Christmas market is considered one of the best Christmas markets in Belgium.
To buy fabulous Christmas decorations in Belgium, go to the Grote Market, Bruges.
This Christmas market is prevalent for its Christmas items.
Another Christmas market that is quite popular is the tree-lined Simon Stevinplein.
It has a lot of cozy cafes and chocolatiers, where you can shop for the upcoming Christmas parties.
Information about the Bruges Christmas market
When: from 25th November 2022 – 8th January 2023
Where: the Grote Markt and the Simon Stevin Square
Open daily from around 10/11 am until 10/11 pm
Special opening times:
Dec 24th & 31st when it closes around 7 pm
This Belgium Christmas market remains open 7 days a week.
From Monday to Thursday, you can visit the market from 11 am to 8 pm.
From Friday to Sunday, it remains open from 11 am to 10 pm.
The most popular foods to try on the Bruges Christmas market:
- Potato chips (which is the national dish of Belgium), are available here in the typical frites food trucks. There’s another reason why you should visit Bruges though; they have the only chips museum in the whole wide world!
- Carbonades flamandes, a great winter warmer.
- Waffles, chocolates, …
What else to do in Bruges?
Once you come to the Bruges Belgium Christmas market, make sure to go for a sightseeing tour as well.
You can go to the Belfry tower, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and climb the 366 steps to get to the top of the tower and hear bells ringing.
I also recommend cruising on the waterways at the Canal, The Lover’s Bridge, and the Lake of Love which are some of the best sightseeing spots.
Don’t forget to check out some of the best Instagram photography spots in Bruges.
2. Ghent Christmas Market
If you are not aware of this fantastic city, you are really missing something out!
If you want to experience real Belgium at Christmas, then Ghent has to be on your list.
Ghent is one of the largest cities in the Belgian Flanders region.
Being one of the best Christmas markets in the Flemish Region, you will find an array of decorative items to buy.
The numerous canals of the city will lure you with their enchanting atmosphere.
No wonder that the city is often considered one of the most beautiful towns in Belgium!
If you are in Ghent and want to purchase some Belgian Christmas ornaments, the Christmas market in Ghent is the right place to be. If you’re wondering where to stay in Ghent, I recommend the town center.
You can come not just to do Christmas shopping but go ice skating as well.
Watch the street performances and ride the Ferris Wheels! It’s great fun for young and old!
There’s the Moose bar in Ghent as well where you can try delicious cocktails and don’t forget to visit the Children’s village.
All in all, the Ghent Christmas market is a foodie’s heaven!
Information about the Ghent Christmas market
When: from 8th December – 31st December 2022
Where: the Groentenmarkt, the Korenmarkt, the Emille Braunplein, and the St.-Baafsplein
Weekdays: 12 pm to 9 pm
Weekends: 11 am until 10 pm
Special opening times:
Dec 24th & 31st: 12 pm to 5 pm
Christmas day (25th): 2 pm to 7 pm
The most popular foods to try on the Ghent Christmas market:
- Cheese or prawn croquettes
- Gentse Kop (delicatessen) is the most popular dish of Ghent
- Stoverij (a dish slowly stewed in beer)
- Vol-au-vent (small hollow case of puff pastry)
- Gentse waterzooi (stew dish)
- Balletjes (meatballs)
What else to do in Ghent?
When in Ghent, you must stroll through the Patershol, and go for vinyl hunting and visit the independent record stores. Vynilla and Music Mania are the best places to visit.
Be sure to visit Gravensteen, one of the best castles in Belgium.
You can also visit the local favorite, Vooruit Arts Center, where you will see all the local artists hanging out.
3. Durbuy Christmas Market
This cute little town surrounded by enchanting nature is located in the heart of Belgium.
Did you know that Durbuy is also known as the smallest city in the world?
Despite that, there are many fun things to do in Durbuy during winter, including a popular Belgium Christmas market.
Only 2 hours away from Brussels, Durbuy attracts a lot of tourists and especially during Christmas.
It has a rich history and the rural areas are filled with heritage and different flavors.
During the Christmas period, the town gets very festive and its numerous food stalls are inviting for food and drinks.
In fact, Durbuy is probably the best Christmas town in Belgium due to is festive atmosphere and fantastic Christmas market.
The atmosphere on the Durbuy Christmas market is a real party and that’s why many also consider it to be the best Christmas market in Belgium.
The Christmas market of Durbuy lasts 4 weekends which light up the mood of Christmas day.
You will see many local artisans selling unique gift items, handicrafts, and lots of foods.
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, around 1000 candles are lit at 5.30 pm in the old town.
Information about the Durbuy Christmas market
When: from 25th November 2022 – 8th January 2023
Where: Old town center
The most popular foods to try on the Durbuy Christmas market:
At the Christmas market Durbuy puts on, there are lots of good things to taste including:
- Local beers
- Foie gras on a hot potato
- Caramelized almonds
What else to do in Durbuy?
Get ready for some fun too along with the Durbuy Christmas market.
4. Brussels Christmas Market
The Brussels Christmas market is very popular in Belgium.
The Christmas market of Brussels takes place on 2 of the most beautiful squares of the Belgian capital: it expands from the Grand Place to the Place St. Catherine.
Even though Brussels is extremely popular for its delicious waffles and chocolates, many travelers visit it because of the fabulous Brussels Christmas market. But there is so much more!
A real winter wonderland will be awaiting you in Brussels with plenty of food and Christmas lights.
It’s a must, even if you just spend one day in Brussels.
The beautiful Christmas atmosphere of Brussels is the reason why people come here in abundance during Christmas.
And in order to burn all the calories, why not go hiking near Brussels?
Information about the Brussels Christmas market
When: from 25th November 2022 – 1st January 2023
Where: the center of Brussels including the Grand Place, the Place St. Catherine, the Vismarkt, the Bourse, and the Muntplein
Open daily from 12 pm – 10 pm
Special opening times:
Open Dec 24th & 31st from 12 pm to 6 pm
The most popular foods to try on the Brussels Christmas market:
Belgium, as we all know, is popular for its food and Brussels has many delicious meals to offer as well.
Luckily, if you’re wondering where to try Belgian food in Brussels during the winter, the Christmas market is the perfect place!
Some of the must-try foods on the Brussels Christmas market are:
- Fries (currently applying to become UNESCO World Heritage)
- Flemish stew
- Grey Shrimp Croquettes
- Paling in het groen (Eel in the green)
What else to do in Brussels?
Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a marvelous place for travelers.
It has a rich history and beautiful architecture to enjoy, and there are many fun things to do in Brussels.
Once you are done with your Christmas shopping, make sure to go to the Grand Place, check out the old England building, the Brussel’s Notre Dame Du Sablon, and of course the legendary Atomium building.
Although there isn’t a Sablon Christmas market, there are some great shops for holiday shopping in the district.
Nearby the market, you’ll find some of the best hotels in Belgium for Christmas markets to make your stay extra special.
5. Antwerp Christmas Market
Nothing is better than shopping at the Antwerp, Belgium Christmas market.
The market in Antwerp comes with something new every year. It’s thus a great surprise every year you visit.
In some years, you can even play miniature golf in a fire forest. If you get on the Ferris wheel, you’ll enjoy spectacular views over the Antwerp Old Town.
Information about the Antwerp Christmas market
When: From 9th December 2022 – 8th January 2023
Where: the Steenplein, the Suikerrui, the Grote Markt, the Handschoenmarkt and the Groenplaats
Sunday to Thursday: from 12 pm to 10 pm
Friday & Saturday: from 12 pm to 12 am
Special opening times:
December 24th & 31st: from 12 pm – 6 pm
January 1st: from 3 pm – 12 am
The most popular foods to try on the Antwerp Christmas market:
- Bolleke (famous beer)
- Belgian chocolates
- Belgian truffles
- Cuperdons (typical Flemish, sweet delicacies)
- Speculoos (sweet biscuits with spices)
- Antwerpse handjes (butter biscuits with almonds and chocolate)
What else to do in Antwerp?
Once you are here and thinking of doing more than just some Christmas shopping at the Antwerp Christmas market, head to the Antwerp Central Station.
It is one of the prettiest train stations in Europe!
6. Hasselt Christmas Market
Hasselt hosts a winter event along with the Christmas market during the Christmas holidays known as “Winterland Hasselt“.
There is the village of Santa Claus, an indoor ice-rink, and lots of food and drinks.
The Hasselt Christmas market is the central heart of Hasselt during the holiday period.
Come here to enjoy the Christmas lights but also a roller-coaster, and several carousels.
The winter atmosphere of the town can be seen and felt throughout the Kolonel Dusartplein.
Information about the Hasselt Christmas market
When: From 18th November 2022 – 8th January 2023
Where: the Kolonel Dussartplein
Opening hours: Daily from 11 am until 10 pm
Special opening times: December 24th: 11 am until 6 pm
The most popular foods to try on the Hasselt Christmas market:
- Stoemp (stamppot)
- Grey shrimp croquettes
- Speculoos (a spiced shortcrust biscuit)
- Waterzooi (a chicken or fish soup)
- Chocolates are a must-try
What else to do in Hasselt?
After a hectic shopping day at the Christmas market Hasselt offers, you can come to the Japanese garden to relax.
Make a stop at Hasselt’s “Fashion Museum”, which is a favorite for fashion addicts.
This museum is dedicated to clothing and fashion. During winter, nothing can be better than exploring the Jenever museum and trying the local drink from Hasselt.
7. Leuven Christmas Market
Visit Leuven during Christmas time, and you will be awestruck by its glowing beauty. Indeed, Leuven turns into a magical place during Christmas.
The cold easterly winds and people enjoying warm drinks in the numerous bars of the student city are one of the most seen scenes.
With the town hall festively illuminated, the Leuven Christmas Market has been chosen as the “coziest Christmas market in Europe“.
While everyone gets ready for the Christmas spirit, I recommend visiting the Leuven Christmas market in order to shop decorative items for your Christmas tree and buy chocolates for everyone.
The tradition to follow is eating beignets, also known as “ollieballen” at “t Wit Madammeke”.
At the Leuven Christmas market, there are over 140 stands waiting for you. Many of them sell artisan goods and different seasonal products.
Information about the Leuven Christmas market
When: from 7th December 2022 – 7th January 2023
Where: the Hooverplein and the Laudeuzeplein
The most popular foods to try on the Leuven Christmas market:
- Mulled wine
- Jenever gin
- Belgian waffles
- Deep-fried oliebollen (beignets)
What else to do in Leuven?
Leuven is one of the prettiest cities in Belgium.
After visiting the Christmas market, visit Fonske. This quirky statue honors the city’s educational heritage.
It is located on the breathtaking historic square of Leuven.
You can visit the Stadhuis, the Sint-Peiterskerk, and don’t miss to visit the local bars to try some drinks and foods.
8. Namur Christmas Market
Namur is located at the confluence of the Sambre River and the Meuse.
During Christmas time, Namur attracts visitors from entire Belgium and even from the Netherlands and France.
The Christmas market looks exquisite thanks to the town’s unique setting at the rivers.
You will see people selling seasonal products, Christmas decoration items, gift items, artisanal products, and many other great items.
Plenty of bands, folkloristic groups, and choirs will guarantee a very festive atmosphere.
There are over 100 lodges in the illuminated historic city center of Namur, and you’ll find some of the best hotels in Belgium for Christmas markets.
Information about the Namur Christmas market
When: from 25th November – 31st December 2022
Where: Main square
From November 29th to December 31st: open daily from 11 am – 8 pm with late evenings lasting till 10.30 pm
Special opening times:
December 24th: closes at 6 pm
December 25th: opens at 3 pm
December 31st: closes at 6 pm
The most popular foods to try on the Namur Christmas market:
Foods and drinks are available in Namur in abundance. You will never run out of choices.
Here are some suggestions while visiting the Christmas market Namur hosts:
- Baked crusty rolls for breakfast with a delicious cup of coffee
- Christmas cookies
- Potato croquettes
9. Liege Christmas Market
Liege in Belgium has the oldest Christmas market.
You might not know it, but Liege attracts 1.5 million people from all over the world during their Christmas period.
This is without any doubt one of the best Christmas markets in Belgium.
Come here to buy Belgian Christmas ornaments, have some food, enjoy, and relax.
The Christmas market of Liege looks like a village during the holiday period.
During your visit, you can’t skip the traditional cozy restaurants such as Le Chalet de la Gruyere, La Maison du Peket, and le Chalet.
The food at the Liege Christmas market is to die for and that’s why Liege during Christmas is one of the best Christmas markets in Belgium you can visit.
Information about the Liege Christmas market
When: from 25th November – 30th December 2022
Where: the Saint-Lambert Square and the Marché de Liège Square
Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: from 11 am – 10 pm Thursdays
Fridays and Saturdays: from 11 am – midnight
Special opening times:
December 24th: closes at 6 pm
December 25th: opens at 1 pm
The most popular foods to try on the Liege Christmas market:
- Peket, a sweet alcoholic drink
- Belgian fries
- Waffles from Liege which are distinct from the ones in Brussels
- Plenty of cookies
- Roasted almonds
What else to do in Liege?
During the Christmas period, try ice skating in Liege and finish your day with some delicious foods and Christmas drinks.
Other sights that you should definitely include in your itinerary to Liege are the Montagne de Bueren, the Curtius Museum, and the St. Paul’s Cathedral in Liege.
Definitely visit The Citadel of Liège, one of the best things to do in Liege.
10. Arlon Christmas Market
The Arlon Christmas market is not as big as the one from Liege, but it’s a must-visit as well.
It is small and cozy, and the Christmas market keeps the Christmas spirit alive in the best way.
Arlon is located at the border to Luxembourg at the south of the Wallonia Region in Belgium.
It has quite a unique charm that cannot be found in any other Belgian town. Bring along your kids to meet Santa Claus, because that’s a tradition they have been following for ages.
You can visit the Arlon Christmas market to buy different artisan, and typically Belgian products.
You can’t miss trying out some delicious foods and Belgian beers. During some editions, there is even an ice-skating rink waiting for you in Arlon.
Information about the Arlon Christmas market
When: from December 9 – 11 & December 16 – 18 2022
Where: the Place Léopold and the Old Justice Palace
Friday: 4 – 9 pm
Saturday: 1 – 8 pm
Sunday: 1 – 7 pm
The most popular foods to try on the Arlon Christmas market:
- Spicy-sweet speculoos
- Traditional Christmas cookies
- Waffles and chocolates
What else to do in Arlon?
After buying all the Christmas ornaments and decorative items at Arlon’s Christmas market, take out some time to explore the city.
Go to the Maison Gasper, the Eglise St Martin, the Musee Archeologique, the Areler Knippchen (the highest point of the town), and try out some delicious foods at Le Fils de Paul.
11. Louvain-la-Neuve Christmas Market
The town square of Louvain-la-Neuve gets transformed each year when the Christmas market is set up.
Instead of open space, visitors will find themselves in a pop-up winter wonderland.
For the Belgium Christmas market in Louvain-la-Neuve, the square will be filled with dozens of decorated wooden huts dusted with snow.
Between these festive buildings will be plenty of snowy trees and Christmas lights. The picturesque look of this market alone makes it one of the best Christmas markets in the world.
There are so many different things to see.
Visitors can expect to find traditionally made objects, hand-crafted toys, and jewelry, as well as Christmas candles, lights, wreaths, and other decorations.
If you’re hungry, why not try out some of the different Christmas treats on offer?
Over 80 artisans regularly attend the markets, selling everything from candies and sweets to drinks and savory snacks.
Information about the Louvain-la-Neuve Christmas market
When: from 25th November – 20th December 2022
Where: Grand Place de Louvain-la-Neuve
Sunday to Thursday: from 11 am – 8 pm
Friday and Saturday: from 11 am – 10 pm
The most popular foods to try on the Louvain-la-Neuve Christmas market:
- Belgian Spice Biscuits (Spéculoos)
- Mulled wine
- Sweet mini donuts
- Jams and preserves
- Foie gras
What else to do in Louvain-la-Neuve?
Louvain-la-Neuve is home to the Hergé Museum, where fans of the cartoonist can find out about his life and his most famous creation: The Adventures of Tintin.
For other learning, just head to Museum L, the University Museum of Louvain-la-Neuve.
If you’re feeling active, a good way of exploring Louvain-la-Neuve is to take a Segway tour.
To keep yourself refreshed, make sure to pick up a hot drink at Manhattan Barista Lounge, or grab a beer at the Beerlovers’ Shop if you prefer.
12. Charleroi Christmas Market
The city of Charleroi is one of the best places to experience Christmas in Belgium.
It’s the largest city in the French-speaking district of Wallonia but gets much less of a crowd at Christmas time than more well-known places like Brussels or Ghent.
Each year, the citizens of Charleroi create a mini Christmas village in their town square.
These pop-up wooden lodges are occupied by a regularly changing range of different artisans, selling anything and everything you could hope to find at a Belgian Christmas market.
Along with seasonal foods such as cookies, chocolates, and mulled wine, why not try out some of Charleroi’s winter oysters under the warm cover of a heated terrace?
If it’s Christmas market gifts you’re after, you’ll enjoy walking amongst the stalls selling all kinds of homeware, festive crafts, and decorations.
As you explore, you might hear the sound of choral music coming from the town belfry, where a choir regularly performs festive Belgian folk songs.
Once you’ve enjoyed the market itself, make sure to head to the 700m² ice rink that gets set up each year for a festive skate.
And on Friday nights, you can dance the night away at the weekly neon disco party.
Information about the Charleroi Christmas market
When: From 25th November 2022 – 7th January 2023
Where: Place de la Digue, Place Charles II
Sunday to Thursday: from 10 am to 9 pm
Friday: from 10 am to midnight
Saturday: from 10 am to 10 pm
Special opening times:
December 24th & 31st: from 10 am to 6 pm
December 25th & January 1st: from 4 pm to 9 pm
The most popular foods to try on the Charleroi Christmas market:
- Champagne and oysters
- Mulled wine
- Belgian waffles
What else to do in Charleroi?
There’s plenty to see in Charleroi for those interested in art.
The nearby Museum of Fine Arts has many 19th and 20th century works of Belgian art, including a large number of pieces by the famous Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte.
The Glass Museum of Charleroi is also well worth checking out.
One of the best places to visit in Belgium at Christmas time is Binche.
This medieval city fills its main square every year with a vibrant Christmas market. Belgium has no shortage of these, but Binche stands out among the rest for its Christmas spirit and enthusiasm.
Among the 46 lodges constructed for the occasion you’ll be able to find all sorts of seasonal treats, gifts, activities and delights.
Don’t miss out on a glass of hot mulled wine as you peruse festive jumpers and hats, trinkets and ornaments, cookies, Christmas trees and Belgium Christmas decorations.
Information about the Binche Christmas market:
When: 9th December to 18th December 2022
Where: Grand Place, 7130 Binche
Wednesday: 1.30 pm to 8 pm
Thursday: 5 pm to 8 pm
Friday: 4 pm to 10 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 9 pm
Special opening times:
Closed 11th and 12th December
The most popular foods to try on the Binche Christmas market:
- Handmade Belgian chocolates
- Mulled wine or gin
What else to do in Binche?
Binche is an old walled city. Visiting the former ramparts is a must for history lovers, who can enjoy the tall stone walls and rounded towers from the 14th century that still stand today.
Every year on Shrove Tuesday, the city celebrates with a UNESCO recognized carnival event.
This event sees people dress up as masked male characters called “Gilles”, with wooden clogs and ostrich feathers.
These costumed characters perform dances and marches and occasionally throw oranges into the crowd from a basket.
The festival is so important that there is a museum dedicated to it. The International Carnival and Mask Museum is open year round and a fascinating glimpse into Belgian heritage.
Other Small Christmas Markets in Belgium Worth Visiting
These are the best places to visit in Belgium during Christmas if you want to experience the Belgium Christmas markets.
However, there are other small Christmas markets in Belgium as well which might interest you.
Here’s the list of some smaller Belgium Christmas markets. They will surprise you with their cozy, winter charm.
1. Mons Christmas market
When: from 3rd December – 31st December 2022
Mons is a great day trip from Brussels, especially during Christmas time. Indeed, the Christmas market of Mons is well known.
There will be a huge ice-skating rink awaiting you at the Christmas market Mons puts on.
Plus, you’ll get to experience a beautiful illuminated old town, and an artisan’s village where you can stock up on local goods and food.
The Mons Belgium Christmas market is undoubtedly one of the best small Belgian Christmas markets.
2. Wavre Christmas market
When: from 9th December 2022 – 8th January 2023
If you love to eat and drink, the Wavre Christmas market is the right choice for you.
Come to the Place Alphonse Bosch, buy some beautiful Christmas gifts, and try out some lip-smacking waffles, tea, liquor, and coffee.
It’s a tiny, yet very cute Christmas market in Belgium.
3. Mechelen Christmas market
The beautiful illuminated town of Mechelen will lure you and make you feel like in a Christmas fairytale.
At the Christmas market Mechelen puts on there will be plenty of food stalls on the gorgeous square in front of the town hall.
4. Caves of Wonck Christmas market
The Christmas Market “Caves of Wonck” in the French-speaking part of Belgium is great for those who want to celebrate Christmas off-the-beaten-track.
Indeed, the site is over 2000 years old.
There will be more than 75 stalls awaiting you in the underground galleries.
5. Ypres Christmas market
When: 3rd December – January 2023
Visit the Christmas market in Ypres, Belgium and buy loads of Christmas decorative items and gifts from the 23 stands.
The Ypres Christmas market doesn’t only attract you with its historical value, but also with its beautiful Christmas lights.
It’s foreseen that there will be an ice-skating ring waiting for you and your kids as well.
6. Ostend Christmas market
When: from 3rd December 2022 – 9th January 2023
The Ostend, Belgium Christmas market, located in the biggest town of the Belgian coast is another small, yet colorful Christmas market.
Here, you can enjoy plenty of fresh fish and seafood from the Belgian Coast.
Ostend is particularly popular among families and no wonder that it figures among the best beach resorts in Belgium.
You can also take a day trip to the Belgian Coast and explore some of the fun things to do in Knokke.
7. Kortrijk Christmas Market
At just 30 minutes drive, the town of Kortrijk is a great day trip from Ghent and is a wonderful place to visit during the holiday season.
Kortrijk is a particularly popular shopping area for Belgians, so it’s no surprise it hosts one of the best small Christmas markets in Belgium.
Although the Kortrijk Christmas Market isn’t the biggest in the country, you can still count on festive decorations and food.
Plus, there is a large ice skating rink in the town center worth visiting, especially with the kids!
I hope this list of the best Christmas markets in Belgium inspires you to visit this amazing country during the winter holidays.
As you can see, Xmas in Belgium is an extra special time and definitely worth experiencing at least once.
After all, the Belgium Christmas markets are some of the best Christmas markets in the world!
How to celebrate Christmas in Belgium
If you’re planning on visiting Belgium over the festive season, you are no doubt wondering: Just how does Belgium celebrate Christmas?
Belgium consists of a Flemish and a French-speaking part.
Each region celebrates Christmas differently. Santa Claus is called “de kerstman” in the Flanders and “le Père Noel” in Wallonia.
On Christmas Eve, many families prepare for a special Christmas meal.
Christmas food in Belgium starts with delicious appetizers and a boozy beverage, and traditionally, the main course will include turkey.
It is accompanied by a lot of vegetables and in most cases, a potato dish.
You will get to try many delicious Belgian Christmas food dishes at the various Christmas markets in Belgium.
Belgium in Christmas time is always joyous, and people during this festive period like to spend time with their family and relatives.
But the favorite activity of everyone in the week before Christmas is planning trips to the Belgian Christmas market to get ready for the Christmas holiday period.
The Christmas spirit can be seen and felt simply everywhere.
From the famous cities to the small towns, every street of Belgium is adorned with beautiful Christmas fairy lights and different decorative items.
Christmas markets in Belgium are also a coveted place for an after-work meet-up.
If you want to experience a true Christmas village Belgium is also a great choice as many of the cities and towns go all out during the holiday.
This post will give you plenty of inspiration when looking for the best and quaintest Christmas markets in Belgium.
MAP: The Best Christmas Markets in Belgium This Year
Short FAQ About Christmas Markets in Belgium
When do Christmas markets start in Belgium?
The dates for Belgium Christmas markets change every year, but most Christmas Markets in Belgium begin in late November, either by the 3rd week or the 4th week of the month. With a few starting at the beginning of December.
When do the Christmas markets close in Belgium?
Like the start dates, these change each year, but unfortunately, most of the markets are only open through December. However, many of the bigger ones like Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp run until the beginning of January.
Which Belgian city is famous for its Christmas market?
Brussels has one of the most famous and well-known Christmas markets in Europe. People travel from all over the world to visit.
What are the most famous Christmas Markets in Belgium?
The Belgian Christmas markets of Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels are the most widely known internationally.
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