Anyone taking a festive break to Belgium will experience some of the finest Christmas markets in Europe. Famous for its chocolate and beers, Belgium is one of Europe’s most popular winter destinations and the food on offer is absolutely gorgeous.
As you’d expect from a gastronomic nation, top cities like Brussels and Bruge take their Christmas markets very seriously, with mussels, snails and croque dishes amongst the treats on offer – not to mention beers and chocolate.
Book a hostel in Belgium this winter and enjoy the beautiful Christmas markets the country has to offer.
Brussels Winter Wonders
Where: Brussels, Belgium
When: 28 November 2014 to 4 January 2015
Why: Every winter Brussels is transformed into a chocolate winter wonderland, and with its 240 wooden chalet stalls, many argue it’s Europe’s finest Christmas market and its call Winter Wonders. Inspiring visitors to buy traditional craft goods, the Brussels Christmas Market is famous for its Big Wheel and popular ice rink.
Stay: Dorms are available at Hostel Grand Place from €23 per night.
Bruge Christmas Market
Where: Bruge, Belgium
When: 21 November 2014 to 2 January 2015
Why: Situated in the medieval Flemish town of Bruges, the historic Christmas market is always a romantic experience. Dominated by a huge ice rink, there are a number of smaller Christmas markets taking place across the city.
The ice rink in the Market Square is the perfect way to build up an appetite for some warm waffles and rich hot chocolates, while the local beers will keep everyone happy.
Stay: Rooms are available at Hotel Jacobs Brugge from €44 per night.
Antwerp Christmas Market (Groenplaats)
Where: Antwerp, Belgium
When: 6 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
Why: Antwerp makes for a wonderful Belgian themed Christmas vacation and its open air market is situated in the heart of Belgium’s most stylish city.
Filling the café-filled cobbled lanes with festive cheer, Groenplaats is overlooked by a huge medieval cathedral and has over 90 festival stalls offering delicious Belgium goodies, toys and nativity scenes.
Stay: Dorms are available at Antwerp Student Hostel from €24 per night.
Leuven Christmas Market
Where: Leuven, Belgium
When: 11 December 2014 to 21 December 2014
Why: Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein and the Herbert Hooverplein provide the historic setting of the Leuven Christmas Market and visitors come in their droves to buy chocolate, flowers, candles and nativity lamps. Flanders is a wonderful region to experience Christmas and its fairytale town of Leuven is a joy to discover on foot.
Stay: Dorms are available at Cube Hostel from €23 per night.
Ghent Christmas Market
Where: Ghent, Belgium
When: 5 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
Why: With its street entertainment and historic canals, the ‘Medieval Manhattan’ of Ghent is a superb place to explore over Christmas. Producing a gala atmosphere over the festive period. The Ghent Christmas Market has all the scenery of Bruges without nearly as many tourists.
Combining delightful boutique shops with 53 charming stalls selling pancakes, Gin, Gluhwein, candles and chocolate, the Ghent Christmas Market is just waiting to be discovered.
Stay: Dorms are available at Backstay Hostel Ghent from €19 per night