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Bruges Christmas Market Guide

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Your Guide To Bruges Christmas Market

Experience the magic of the Bruges Christmas market by hopping onboard a DFDS ferry to Europe. Enjoy a hassle-free sailing to your destination and get ready for an unforgettable festive extravaganza. Bruges, a fairytale-like city nestled in Belgium, comes alive during the holiday season. With its cobbled streets, medieval architecture, and picturesque canals, it provides the perfect backdrop for a magical Christmas market experience.

Read our travel guide to find out how to get to the Christmas Market in Bruges, what to see, things to do and the best food to eat! Plus, check out our Belgium Travel Guides to find out other places nearby that are well worth the visit. Whether you want to spend a day exploring Bruges, book a short break with our city break package to immerse yourself in the city, or add it as a stop to your Belgian road trip, read on to find our top tips for visiting Bruges at Christmas.

Bruges Christmas Market Stalls

Best Things To See Bruges Christmas Market

Bruges Christmas market spans across various areas of the city, however, the market's centrepiece is situated in the Grote Markt. Bruges’ main square transforms into a festive paradise showcasing over 150 wooden chalets adorned with garlands and ornaments. Each chalet offers unique treasures, from handmade crafts to delicious treats.

The market also features an ice-skating rink that the whole family can enjoy, as well as rides such as a merry-go-round, and Santa’s grotto. There is an abundance of food and drink stalls, where you can enjoy a warm cup of mulled wine, Belgian chocolate delicacies, and traditional festive treats such as baked gingerbread and roasted chestnuts. Whatever you’re looking for, Bruges Christmas market has it all! It’s a haven for families, couples, and groups of friends alike.

Bruges - DFDS Ship

Trips to Bruges Christmas Market

Fancy a Bruges Christmas Market break? For a hassle-free journey, take a ferry to France or Holland with DFDS, and arrive a short drive away from Bruges. Check out our Bruges city break packages, where you can book your ferry and hotel in the same place. Plus, your DFDS package is financially protected, giving you peace of mind, and meaning you can sit back, relax and enjoy the build up to your festive getaway.

To make the most of your visit to Bruges Christmas market, here are our top tips:

  • Book early: Secure your DFDS ferry tickets and accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Wrap up warm: Bruges can get chilly during winter, so don't forget to bring your coziest winter attire, including hats, scarves, and gloves.

  • Timing is key: Visit the market during the week or early in the morning to avoid crowds and fully immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere.

  • Explore beyond the market: Bruges has so much more to offer! Take a canal cruise, visit the historic Belfry Tower, or indulge in a Belgian beer tasting experience.

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