Bruges is known around the world for being a true wonderland of waffles, beer, and chocolate. So, it should come as no surprise that it’s also a wonderful place to visit at Christmas time!
In addition to an annual Christmas market, there has been a full illumination program in the city called “Bruges Winter Glow” since 2019. Last year, this meant ten magical light installations dispersed across the city, creating a festive ‘glow’ around every corner.
So whether you’re currently planning your own trip, or simply curious about what Bruges Christmas Market and Winter Glow is like, then we’re here to help.
Read on for an overview of Bruges Christmas Market and Winter Glow, with official dates, hotel recommendations, photos & more.
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Bruges Christmas Market & Winter Glow 2023 Dates
According to the event’s official website, the 2023 edition of Bruges Christmas Market & Winter Glow will take place from Nov 24, 2023 – Jan 7, 2023.
Official Bruges Christmas Market & Winter Glow Website
For the most up-to-date information and announcements, be sure to visit the official Visit Bruges website here.
Bruges Christmas Market 2023 Hotels
Looking for a place to stay nearby while you visit Christmas markets in Bruges? Here are some recommendations:
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Bruges Christmas Market Locations
Bruges is a compact city so it’s easy to visit all its Christmas market locations in a day. Here are some highlights:
Since it has acted as a marketplace since the 10th century, it makes sense that the main location for Bruges’ Christmas Market is Markt, the sprawling market square in Bruges’ historical center.
Here, in the shadow of Bruges’ iconic Belfry, dozens of beautifully decorated stalls create a cozy Christmas village throughout the season with plenty of gifts and treats to buy.
The other main location for Christmas market stalls in Bruges is along the tree-lined Simon Stevinplein, where you’ll find even more shopping and eating opportunities under a canopy of twinkling lights.
Since 2019, another highlight of the Bruges Christmas Market programme has been a skating rink and winter bar at Minnewater (the Lake of Love).
Does drinking and skating sound like a terrible idea? Absolutely… but do we still want to do it? 100%.
More Photos from Bruges at Christmas
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