Christmas can be simply magical in other parts of the world. But Belgium is one of the best places to visit during the festive period. Its joyous atmosphere can be experienced in many of its cities like Brussels, Bruges and Antwerp. The scent of tasty Christmas treats follows you around as you wander Belgium’s cobblestoned streets. The sight of dazzling decorations will no doubt have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Finally, the stunning Christmas markets dotted around will put a smile on your face. There are tons of fun things to get involved in on festive Belgium holidays. So, if this fairy-tale wonder has caught your eye, check out our Christmas guide to Belgium!
First things first, Belgium’s Christmas markets are some of the best in the world. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere, this is the place to be. These colourful markets can be found in any of Belgium’s major cities. But it can be said that Brussels’ markets are the most famous. Admire the enchanting backdrop of the Grand Place as the markets stretch to Place St. Catherine. With a huge ice-skating rink sitting below the lit-up Ferris wheel as well as over 200 stalls selling hand-crafted gifts, there is plenty to do during the Christmas markets. Markt Square in Bruges also offers up a Christmas market favourite!
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It’s a well-known fact that Belgium is the chocolate capital of the world. So, there’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than with a sip of the country’s most popular export. It’s the best pick me up during the winter season. Spend some time in a cosy café and warm yourself up with a cup of hot chocolate before you head out for the rest of your city break. When in Bruges, try The Old Chocolate House which sure knows how to make a hot cup of cocoa!
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Got a sweet-tooth? Well, you’ll be looking for a little more than hot chocolate in that case! Luckily enough, there’s plenty of chocolate to go around in Belgium. It won’t be difficult to find a chocolatier who will be selling their finest goodies for the Christmas season. So, watch how the chocolate is made and then buy a box as a Christmas gift (and for yourself!)
Belgium has lovely pedestrianised squares which are picturesque during the Christmas time. Burg Square in Bruges and Grand Place in Brussels are both beautifully lit up during the evenings. Making them the perfect place to have a stroll or something to eat and drink. The atmosphere will be buzzing as locals and visitors alike flock to the squares to get their dose of that Christmassy feel. You’ll also be ticking off a couple of UNESCO World Heritage Sites from your list!
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Belgium is one of the best places to look around the shops and admire all that’s on display. From quaint lace shops showing off their creations to chocolatiers boasting their hand-crafted sugary delights. During Christmas it’s even more fun to spot the decorative displays. You’ll no doubt come across several things which would make for fantastic Christmas gifts.
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