2023 Best Christmas Markets in Belgium

In Belgium, One of the most cherished traditions during this time is the magical phenomenon of Christmas markets. In this page, we’ve curated a list of the top Christmas markets that are a must-visit for anyone stepping foot in Belgium.

Our selection is based on their sheer scale, diverse offerings, rich history, and authentic Belgian essence. While it’s impossible to feature every Christmas market in Belgium due to their abundance and unique appeal, the ones highlighted will surely provide a delightful experience.

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Brussels Christmas Market
(c) Plaisirs d’Hiver
NameWinter Wonders (English) / Plaisirs d’Hiver (French) / Winterpret (Dutch)
PeriodFrom 24th November to 31st December 2023
WhereSeveral places in Brussels city center, including Grand Place, Boulevard Anspach, Place Sainte-Catherine and Place De Brouckère
HighlightsChristmas Tree in Grand Palace, Sound and Light show, Ice Skating Rink, Winter Vox (choirs)
URLOfficial Site
Brussels Christmas Market : A Complete Guide

The capital city of Brussels transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. The Winter Wonders Market features enchanting light displays, ice skating rinks, and a variety of stalls offering handmade crafts, festive treats, and warm mulled wine. The stunning Grand Place is the epicenter of this magic, with its historic architecture illuminated in a breathtaking spectacle.

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NameThis is Winter in Antwerp
PeriodFrom 8th December 2023 to 7th January 2024
Opening HoursSunday to Thursday: 12 pm to 8 pm
Friday and Saturday: 12 pm to 12 am
WhereSeveral places in Antwerp city center. In 2023, the main area will be around Steenplein (Scheldt riverside)
HighlightsChristmas Markets, Ferris wheel, End-of-year fireworks, view from the renovated Scheldt quays
WebsiteOfficial Website

This year, Antwerp is set to glow with the cozy ambiance of winter. Begin your journey at Astridplein and relish the panoramic views from the Ferris wheel. From Antwerp Central Train Station, follow the mesmerizing lights guiding you through Operaplein and into the city’s historical core. Wander through the festive Christmas market, glide on the ice skating rink, indulge at the winter bar, and get enchanted by soulful musical acts. As the year concludes, usher in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display over the Scheldt river.


Christmas Market Bruges
(c) Jan Darthet / Toerisme Brugge
NameWinter Glow
PeriodFrom 24th November 2023 to 7th January 2
Opening HoursSunday to Thursday: from 10 am to 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: from 10:30 am to 11:00 pm
WhereSeveral places in Bruges city center, including Grote Markt, Brug, Groenrei, Minnewater (Lake of love)
HighlightsTwo Christmas markets, Light experience trail (8 spots), Ice Skating Rink
WebsiteOfficial Website

Known as the “Venice of the North,” Bruges becomes even more captivating during Christmas. Its cobblestone streets and medieval buildings provide a fairytale backdrop to its Christmas market. Visitors can indulge in Belgian chocolates, lacework, and other local specialties while enjoying the magical ambiance created by twinkling lights and charming stalls.


NameLeuvense Kerstmarkt (in Dutch)
PeriodFrom 7th December to 21st December 2023
WhereLeuven city hall. H.Hooverplein and the Mgr.Ladeuzeplein (two squares around KU Leuven university library)
HighlightsChristmas Markets, Light show, Kids Playground
WebsiteOfficial Website

Leuven, a university town, embraces the holiday spirit with its cozy Christmas market. The market square is adorned with decorations and sparkling lights, setting the scene for local artisans to showcase their talents. Glühwein, Belgian waffles, and regional brews add a flavorful touch to the festivities.


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NameGentse Winterfeesten (in Dutch)
PeriodFrom 7th December to 31st December 2023
Opening HoursFrom 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm ~ 0:00am
WhereSeveral places in the city center, including Ghent Stadhuis (city hall) , Korenmarkt, Sint-Baafsplein, Emile Braunplein
HighlightsChristmas Markets, Ferris wheel, Reindeer carousel, indoor ski bar, Light show, Roller-skating rink
WebsiteOfficial Website

Ghent’s historical city center will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Imagine cozy chalets, a majestic Ferris wheel, numerous food and drink stalls, and enchanting decorations. We’re eager to illuminate every corner.

For over three weeks, we’re keeping our cherished tradition of creating unforgettable experiences for both young and old. From the indoor ski bar ‘Chez Babette’ and the Christmas tree carousel at Emile Braunplein, to the Ferris wheel at Korenmarkt and reindeer carousel at Sint-Baafsplein. Under the city hall, enjoy Belgium’s largest (400m²) mobile roller-skating rink!


Village de Noël de Liège
(c) Village de Noël de Liège
NameVillage de Noël de Liège (French) / Christmas Village in Liège (English)
PeriodFrom 25th November to 30th December 2023
Opening HoursFrom 11:00 pm to 10:00 pm ~ 11:00 pm
WhereMarket: Place du marché – espace Tivoli – Place St Lambert
Ice Skating Rink: Place Cathédrale
HighlightsChristmas Markets, Ice skating rink, Sledging run, Show and dances in Podium
WebsiteOfficial Website

Nestled in the heart of the Ardennes region, Liege hosts a charming Christmas market that exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Wooden chalets line the streets, offering local delicacies, crafts, and gifts. The festive spirit is elevated by the scent of mulled wine and the sound of carolers.


Ardennes durbuy
NameDurbuy Christmas market
PeriodFrom Friday 24 November 2023 to Sunday 07 January 2024
WhereAll over the town
HighlightsChristmas Market, Concerts, Ice skating rink
WebsiteOfficial Website

Nestled within the world’s smallest town, the quaint streets of Durbuy come alive with magic during the winter holidays. As you stroll through, you’ll be captivated by its enchanting ambiance. While the festive vibes envelop you, be sure to indulge in the town’s specialty: the renowned “Foie gras potato of Durbuy.” Sharing these delightful moments with the bustling local crowd truly makes the Durbuy Christmas celebration an unforgettable experience.

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NameMarche de Noel de Namur (French)
PeriodFrom 1 December to 31 December 2023
Opening HoursFrom 11:00 pm to 8 pm ~ 10 pm
WherePlace de l’Ange, Place du Théatre and Place d’Armes
HighlightsReindeer Chalet, Concerts, Folkloric groups, Marching bands, Roller skating, Fireworks
WebsiteOfficial Website

Namur’s Christmas market transforms the city into a winter wonderland every festive season. As the streets come alive with twinkling lights and vibrant colors, visitors from near and far are drawn to Place de l’Ange, Place d’Armes, and Place du Théâtre. Here, they can immerse themselves in a unique blend of traditional Belgian festivities, from quaint market stalls offering seasonal treats to the melodious sounds of choirs and marching bands.


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NameNoël à Dinant (French)
PeriodFrom November to December 2023
Opening Hours
WhereAlong the Meuse River and at the citadel of Dinant
WebsiteOfficial Website

Perched atop its majestic cliffs, the citadel of Dinant offers a unique backdrop for its Christmas market, which has become a cherished tradition. Dinant also hosts multiple Christmas market weekends on the Croisette, ensuring that the holiday spirit is felt throughout the season. With the breathtaking setting and continued celebrations, Dinant’s markets are truly a must-visit for those seeking an authentic Belgian holiday experience.

Useful Information

Duration of Christmas Markets

While many Belgian Christmas markets extend their festivities around the New Year, some markets (Leuven etc.) wrap up before Christmas Day itself. It’s wise to check the dates before you plan your visit.

Booking Popular Activities in Advance

In general, you don’t need reservation to enjoy Christmas markets. However, some special events, like concerts or shows, require prior reservations. Ensure you book them on the official websites to secure your spot.

Plan Your Stay Early

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Securing your accommodation early is a must when visiting Belgium’s Christmas markets, as places get fully booked quite quickly during this festive period. However, a word to the wise: while staying in the heart of the market might seem enticing, it could mean enduring loud noises up until midnight. For a peaceful night’s sleep, consider booking a hotel a short walk away, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

You Can Visit Several Christmas Markets in a Day

Visiting Christmas markets in Belgium is made even easier by the close distance between cities and the well-connected train system. Cities like Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, Leuven, Gent, Liege, Namur, and Dinant are not far from each other. You can easily go from one market to another in a single day using the trains.

Brussels International Airport (Zaventem Luchthaven) has an easy access to Brussels

This change in language is often motivated by a desire to create a more diverse and open environment that acknowledges and respects the various celebrations that take place during the winter season.

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Easy Access from France, Germany and Netherlands

Visiting Belgium Christmas markets from other countries like Paris, Amsterdam, Aachen, and Cologne is super easy thanks to the international train connections. These cities are really close to each other, and you can hop on a train to quickly travel between them.

Opt for Christmas Market Tours

If you’re someone who loves structured and insightful experiences, consider signing up for specialized Christmas market tours.

These guided tours not only provide in-depth information about the markets but also ensure you cover all significant spots. Even better, some tours venture beyond Belgium, giving you a chance to experience festive traditions in neighboring countries, thus enriching your holiday experience.

Terminology for holiday markets

You notice some cities do not use the term “Christmas” Market anymore. In recent years, there has been a growing awareness and emphasis on respecting the diversity of beliefs and traditions. Using terms like “holiday” or “winter” markets can be a way to make these events more welcoming and inclusive for people of different religious backgrounds who may not celebrate Christmas.


When do the Christmas markets in Belgium typically start and end?

Most Christmas markets in Belgium kick off towards the end of November or the beginning of December and run until the New Year. However, specific dates can vary, so it’s always good to check in advance.

Can I find traditional Belgian delicacies at these markets?

Absolutely! Belgian Christmas markets are a haven for foodies. Expect to find Belgian waffles, chocolates, speculoos biscuits, mulled wine, and other local treats that perfectly capture the festive spirit.

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Is it easy to move between different Christmas markets in Belgium by public transport?

Yes, Belgium has an efficient train system, making it convenient to hop between major cities and their Christmas markets, like from Brussels to Bruges or Ghent.

Can I shop for traditional Christmas gifts at these markets?

Definitely! The stalls at these markets offer a variety of items, from handmade crafts, ornaments, and festive decorations to unique Belgian souvenirs perfect for gifting.

Are the markets kid-friendly?

Yes, most Christmas markets in Belgium have dedicated areas and activities for children, such as carousels, mini-train rides, and workshops, ensuring a fun experience for the entire family.

Do I need to make reservations for activities or events at the market in Belgium?

While general market entry doesn’t require reservations, specific events, especially popular concerts or shows, might. It’s a good idea to book in advance for such events through the official market websites.