15 Reasons to Visit Bruges For Christmas

Why visit the quaint Belgian city of Bruges (also known as Brugge) for Christmas? There are so many reasons. Bruges is overrun with tourists during the Spring and Summer high season. Come December, the crowds have departed from this UNESCO heritage town and you can experience Christmas in Bruges with the locals. Every year, we spend two weeks celebrating Christmas in a new place in Europe; pretending that we live there for a short while. Here are fifteen reasons I recommend that you travel to Bruges to celebrate Christmas.

1. Christmas Markets in Bruges

Let’s start with the obvious reason to visit Bruges...Belgian Christmas Markets.  The Grote Markt in Bruges is covered in a sheet of ice and visitors skate arm in arm under the shadow of the Bruges Belfry.  Unlike German Christmas markets, there are no commemorative mugs but I’ll forgive this one oversight.
15 Reasons to Visit Bruges For Christmas: Bruges Grote Markt at Christmas

2. Admire Bruges' Quaint Architecture

Step gables, ornate brickwork, and fascinating weather vanes will greet you as you stroll the streets of Bruges.
15 Reasons to Visit Bruges For Christmas: Bruges Architecture

3. Bruges Cobbled Streets Are *Not* Overrun by Tourists in December

And did I mention that the streets of Bruges are cobbled?  And not overrun by tourists?  Bruges is an extremely popular destination in the warm weather months.  Only hardier tourists visit in the winter which means you can enjoy Bruges at Christmastime without the crowds.
15 Reasons to Visit Bruges for Christmas: Empty Cobbled streets

4. Marzipan Logs to Celebrate the Holidays

Window shopping is always a treat but what’s more fun is seeing something you like and going inside to taste it first hand.  We simply had to try these colorful marzipan yule logs that we discovered when we visited Bruges for Christmas.
15 Reasons to Visit Bruges for Christmas: Marzipan yule logs

5. Bruges Serene Canals

Belgium is one of the ‘low-countries’ and has the canals to prove it.  Take advantage of the quiet time of year in December for a canal-side stroll in Bruges.  Duck down a side street and you’ll feel like you have the whole town to yourself.
15 Reasons to Visit Bruges for Christmas: Canals

6. Festive Belgian Chocolates

Belgium is synonymous with chocolate and this is definitely true of Bruges. We enjoyed browsing the shops and spotting Santa caps and reindeer among the chocolate creations.
Christmas Chocolates in Bruges

7. Bruges Cozy Beer Pubs

Belgium is well known for beer and Bruges has its fair share of Belgian beer pubs.  We tried de Garre (nestled down a tiny alleyway just off the Grote Markt).  de Garre is famous for their house beer which weighs in at about 11% alcohol content so watch out!  We also visited 't Brugs Bieratelier which had fantastic atmosphere including an old timey cash register.  Our favorite part was the fact that they do tasting flights to give folks the opportunity to sample a variety of Belgian beers.  Variety is the spice of life!  

15 Reasons to Visit Bruges for Christmas: Belgian Beer

8. Bruges' Horse-drawn Carriages

As you're walking through the streets of Bruges, you can expect to hear the clip-clop of horse hooves on the cobbled streets. We didn’t take a ride ourselves because it felt a bit touristy but the reindeer antlers on this fellow made me smile. The horse-drawn carriages definitely add to the Christmas spirit in Bruges.
15 Reasons to Visit Bruges for Christmas: Horse-drawn carriage in Bruges

9. Bruges' Irreverent Holiday Window displays

Bruges features some amazing window displays at Christmastime and some are particularly irreverent.  I loved these two angels including one that seemed to have fallen victim to a practical joke. Seems a little breezy, eh?

15 Reasons to Visit Bruges for Christmas: Marzipan angel display in Bruges

10. Bruges' Twinkling Christmas Lights 

Take a stroll at night in Bruges during the Christmas season and you’ll be treated to a display of festive twinkling lights.  'Tis the season.
Christmas lights in Bruges, Belgium

11. Bruges' Backlit Towers

Walking the quiet streets at night, it’s hard to get lost in Bruges.  All the historic towers in this UNESCO heritage town light the night sky.  Use them to triangulate your position and find your way home.
Bruges Belgium at Christmas - Towers Lit at Night

12. Take a Winter Windmill Walk in Bruges

Despite the winter chill in the air, we took a walk around the canal that rings Bruges past a series of old windmills.  It was a charming site to behold and took us back in time.
Windmills in Bruges, Belgium at Christmastime

13. Christmas Swans

Tis the season for swans in Bruges.  We enjoyed watching our feathered friends float along Bruges' signature canals during the holiday season.
Swan in Bruges, Belgium at Christmas

14. Celebrate Christmas Dinner at Bistro de Schilder

Bistro de Schilder is a cozy restaurant stationed inside an old gabled canal house in Bruges.  There are some disturbing paintings of clowns on that wall, but that aside, the food was quite excellent.  I managed to eat an entire pot of mussels in their signature beer sauce.  Plus, don't forget the frites!  Bistro de Schilder is an ideal spot for Christmas dinner in Bruges.
Christmas Dinner at Bistro de Schilder in Bruges, Belgium

15. Christmas La Chouffe Hats

Belgium is known for beer and especially La Chouffe, a brand known for its red hatted gnome.  We were sitting in 't Brugs Bieratelier in Bruges when we noticed the bartender giving out La Chouffe hats!  There was a small mob trying to get one so he was being rather cautious about handing them out.  However, after the large group left, he handed us two hats.  I was even more excited when I discovered that the La Chouffe hats had a jingle bell on the end!  We wore them out and about town for the rest of our time in Bruges.  Jingle all the way!

Celebrating Christmas with a La Chouffe Hat in Bruges, Belgium
Is it worth visting Bruges for Christmas? Clearly I think so. As you can see from the 15 highlights above, Bruges is a fun and festive place to spend the winter holidays. 

Did you enjoy this post? Sharing is caring...

15 Reasons to Celebrate Christmas in Bruges Belgium (aka Brugge)

COMMENTS

Name

#DrJSabbatical #pigsonparade #SligoFoodTrail #tasteoftravel 1916 Rebellion a City Break Absolut Fringe Adelaide Adriatics Africa Agra Aix-en-Provence Alameda Alamo Square Alfama Algarve Alliance Francaise Americas Amnesty Amsterdam Andolu Kavagi Android Ann Arbor Antwerp Argentina Arizona Art Gallery Arthur's Day Asia Asia Pacific Athens Augsburg AUNZ AUNZ_Archive Auschwitz Austin Australia Austria Auto Awesome Avignon Baixa Baltics Bangkok Barcelona Barrio Alta Basel Basque Basque Country Bath Bazaar Beijing Belem Belfast Belgium Bellagio Bergamo Berlin Bern Bernal Heights Best of Beyond Dublin Bidart Big Island Bird Watching Birmingham Blackrock Market bleisure Bloco de Dublin Blogger Fiesta BloggerFiesta Bologna Bonn Boston Brad Pitt Bray Brighton Bristol Bruges Brussels BTW Bucharest Budapest Buffalo California Camargue Cambodia Cambridge Canada Canary Islands Cannes Cannonball Cannonball Run Canterbury Cape Town Carcassonne Cardiff Carnival Castro Catalonia Catalunya Cats Central Europe Central Richmond Chemistry China Chinatown Christmas Christmas Market City Break Itinerary Civic Center Cobh Coffee cole valley Cologne Comedy Club Commute Chronicles Connemara Copenhagen Cork Costa Brava County Kerry Cow Hollow Critical Mass Croatia Culture Night Cyprus Czech Republic Dalkey Dalkey Castle Danang Delft Delhi Den Haag Denmark Denver Derry Diamond Head Disneyland Dolores Heights Donegal Dover Downtown Dresden Dublin Dublin Castle Dublin Culture Night Dublin_Archive Dubrovnik Ducks Dun Laoghaire Dusseldorf Eastern Europe Edinburgh Eindhoven England Eruption Estonia Europe Europe_Archive Evora Fado Fall Foliage Faro Faversham Festival Film Film Festival Financial District Finland Fisherman's Wharf Flanders Florida Flugtag Food France Frankfurt French Riviera Fringe Fringe Festival Galway Gandhi Gdansk Gdynia Georgian Dublin Germany GhostBus Gig Girona Glasgow Glen Park Golden Gate Park Google Plus Granada Grand Canal Greece Greece and Cyprus Guest Posts Guiness Storehouse Guinness Gurgaon Half Moon Bay Halloween Hamburg Hangzhou Hanoi Hawaii Hayes Valley HCMC Helsinki Hermanus Hilo Ho Chi Minh City Hobart Hoi An Holland Honolulu Hula Hungary Hurling Hyderabad Ice Cream Sandwich Iceland ICS India Inner Richmond Inner Sunset Ireland Ireland_Archive Istanbul Italy Itinerary Izmir Jackson Square Jaipur Japan Japantown Johannesburg Kaunas Kenmare Kilauea Kilkenny Kilkenny Cats Killarney Kiluaea Kona Krakow Kuala Lumpur Kyoto Lake Como Lake Street Languedoc Lanzarote Las Fallas Las Vegas Latvia Laurel Heights Leeds Leinster Leipzig Lemesos Let's French 2011 Liechtenstein Limerick Lincoln's Inn Lisbon Lithuania Liverpool Lloret de Mar London Los Angeles Louisiana Lower Pacific Heights Lübeck Lucerne Lyon Mackintosh Madeira Madrid Mainz Malaga Malaysia Mallorca Malta Manchester Marina Marrakech Marrakesh Marseille Massachusetts Mdina Med Melbourne Menton Milan Mission Bay Mission Dolores Modena Monaco Monte Carlo Montenegro Monterey Montpellier Morocco Munich Munster Music NA_Archive Naples Netherlands New Orleans New Year 2011 New Year Festival New Years Eve 2010 New York New Zealand Nice Nicosia Nob Hill Noe Valley NOPA Nordics Normandy Norrkoping North America North Beach Northern Ireland Nuremberg Oahu Oakland Oktoberfest Oliwa Olympics On The Road Osaka Outer Richmond Outer Sunset Oxford Pacific Heights Padua Palafrugell Palma Panorama Paphos Paris Parma Pearl Harbor Pennsylvania Perth Philadelphia Pingyao Pittsburgh Poland Porto Portugal Potrero Hill Prague Presidio Presidio Heights Pride Provence Queensland Rabat RAF2010 Rainbow Ranelagh Ranelagh Arts Festival Recent Red Bull Regensburg Reims Restaurant Review Reykjavik Riga Ring of Kerry Rochester Roman Ruins Romania Rome Rotterdam Rugby Russia Russian Hill Salt Lake City Samba San Diego San Francisco San Sebastian Sand Castles Santa Cruz Scandinavia Science Gallery Science Museum Scotland Seattle Segovia Seoul Seville SF - Further Afield SF_Archive Shakespeare Shave Ice Sicily Siem Reap Silent Film Festival Singapore Sintra Sligo Snow SOMA Sonoma Sopot South Africa South America South Beach South Korea South San Francisco Soweto Spain SPWC St. Petersburg Stellenbosch Stirling Stockholm Strasbourg Street Performance Stuttgart Sultanahmet Sweden Switzerland Sydney Tallinn Tasmania Tavira TBEX Telegraph Hill Temple Bar Tenderloin TenderNob Tenerife Texas Thailand Thames Festival The Haight The Kruger The Mission Theatre ThisIsAthens Tipperary Tokyo Toledo Toronto Toulouse Trad Trad Sessions Transylvania Trinity College Turkey UBTD10 Uganda UK Ulster Bank Theater Festival Union Square United States Uruguay Utrecht Vacation Rental Valencia Valletta Venice Vienna Vietnam Vilnius Volcano Volcanoes National Park Waikiki Wales Walking Walking Tour Warsaw Washington Waterford Western Addition Western Australia Westerplatte Westfield Where's Wally? Whiskey Whitsundays Wicklow Wine Tasting Wisconsin World Record World War II Wroclaw WWI WWII Xi'an York Ypsilanti Zurich
false
ltr
item
Sidewalk Safari: 15 Reasons to Visit Bruges For Christmas
15 Reasons to Visit Bruges For Christmas
15 reasons to visit Bruges, Belgium during the Christmas season.
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-edzF6zgGcvc/VOnGz5xTVbI/AAAAAAAA_Xs/T8gPEW_a7CE/s1600/Belgium%2B12_20146.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-edzF6zgGcvc/VOnGz5xTVbI/AAAAAAAA_Xs/T8gPEW_a7CE/s72-c/Belgium%2B12_20146.jpg
Sidewalk Safari
https://www.sidewalksafari.com/2015/03/15-highlights-of-bruges-christmas.html
https://www.sidewalksafari.com/
https://www.sidewalksafari.com/
https://www.sidewalksafari.com/2015/03/15-highlights-of-bruges-christmas.html
true
2802498442123035908
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read more Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy