The most magical Christmas markets in Belgium not to be missed

Savor a delicious mulled wine, discover the nuggets offered by the craftsmen, while enjoying the spectacle offered by the illuminations… The Christmas market season has begun. And we look forward to enjoying the pleasures of these festivities. Belgium has many magical villages where you can be amazed and fill empty stomachs. From Ciney to Bruges, via Brussels, here is our overview of the Christmas markets not to be missed.

1 – Durbuy Christmas market

The smallest city in the world offers the most intimate Christmas market in the country. During the end of the year, the magic of Christmas interferes between the cobbled streets to which it gives an unparalleled enchantment, and which spreads to the Place aux Foires. There, where the most charming of Christmas markets will take place from November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023. On the program: many gourmet chalets, but also activities for children and an indoor ice rink installed at the end of King Baudouin Park.

– From 25/11 to 18/12: weekends only from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (11 p.m. for catering).
– From 19/12 to 02/01: every day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (11 p.m. for catering).
– From 03/01 to 08/01: every day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (11 p.m. for catering).


2 – The Enchantments of the Park in Ciney

Embark on a fairy tale! The “fairies” once again take over Saint-Roch park in Ciney and transform it into a magical place. Just over 250 exhibitors will make up the Christmas village, set up along the Drève des Capucins and in the Capucins church. The perfect opportunity to find your last gifts to slip under the tree. And conifers, it will be discussed with the “Balade des Sapins”. This is a walk through a forest of 30 giant artistic fir trees. What to take full eyes!

This year, the “Féeries du Parc” welcome their little sister: the “Féeries du Centre”, a Christmas village for children, which will be held on Place Monseu until Sunday 8 January with a real ice rink and fairground rides notably.

From 8/12 to 12/12 and from 15/12 to 19/12:

– Thursdays: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. maximum)
– Fridays: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (midnight maximum)
– Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (midnight maximum)
– Sundays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (midnight maximum)
– Mondays: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. maximum)

More information here.


3 – The Christmas Village in Liège

Welcome to the biggest and oldest Christmas market in Belgium! The Village of the “European Capital of Christmas 2018” will soon be erected on the Place Saint-Lambert and the Marché de la Cité ardente. On the program: no less than 200 chalets, but also the Cathedral ice rink and the toboggan run on Dalle St-Lambert Wherever you go, the magic will happen!

– The Christmas Village: from November 25 to December 30, 2022. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday), with some exceptions.
– The Christmas Ice Rink: until January 8, 2023. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).


4 – Winter glow in Bruges

The “Winter Glow” winter experience will run throughout the city of Bruges from November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023. You will be invited to follow the new immersive light trail, which promises to be sensational. For lovers of sliding, go to the Minnewater (Lake of Love) where an ice rink awaits you. A winter bar and Christmas markets are also on the program of the event.

– Christmas and winter market: open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
– The ice rink: open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (exceptions: 24/12 and 31/12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 25/12 and 01/01, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.).

More information here.


5 – Winter in the Park in Ostend

The magic of Christmas is perhaps even tastier on the Belgian side. From December 2, 2022 to January 8, 2023, Leopold Park in Ostend will light up and host around fifty wooden chalets. Here you can admire the largest Christmas tree in Ostend, which will sparkle with no less than 14,000 lights. Activities will be planned for the little ones and an indoor skating rink (the largest in the country!) will be set up on the pond. Something to (re)discover the beautiful city of Ostend in a warm and magical atmosphere.


6 – Winter pleasures in Brussels

A must. This Friday, November 25 (and until January 1, 2023), winter pleasures will take over the capital for a new edition. As every year, the festive event prides itself on combining tradition and novelties to continue to entertain the inhabitants of Brussels and visitors from all over the world.

On the Place de la Monnaie side, sports enthusiasts can try their hand at curling. Another twirling novelty should seduce more than one: swings will create a surprise at the Mont des Arts. In the magnificent and soothing setting of the Grand Hospice, a stone’s throw from the Ferris wheel, an astonishing “Secret Garden” will also await the curious.

– The Christmas market: open every day from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. except December 24 and 31 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
– The ice rink: open every day from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., except December 24 and 31 (until 6 p.m.).


7 – Maredsous Christmas market

Energy sobriety obliges, Maredsous has decided to do without its traditional ice rink this year. But this choice will take nothing away from the magic of its Christmas market, made up of 60 chalets. They took up residence at the gates of the Abbey of Maredsous on November 18 and will remain there until December 25, 2022.

A period that promises to be festive, especially since Maredsous Abbey is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. And what could be better than celebrating it around a beer and cheese tasting?

– The Market will be open every Friday evening, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– On Saturday 24, it will remain open until 4 p.m., and on Sunday 25, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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