Getting into the spirit
As soon as you’ve settled into your luxury hotel, leave the Bruges map behind and follow your feet. One of the best ways to soak up the enchanting atmosphere in this historic city is losing yourself in its tangled cobbled streets. Cross historic stone bridges over peaceful canals – Gouden Handrei, with its mossy walls, is sure to star in a photo or two.
Before long, you might find yourself in central square Grote Markt, where the Christmas Markets will be in full swing. They’re at their most atmospheric in the evening – and go during the week if you want to avoid weekend coach parties. Join locals for a gluhwein at a pop-up bar or glide around the ice rink.
If you want to shop for Christmas ornaments, you’ll find more traditional, hand-crafted decorations in Bruges shops rather than the market stalls. Look out for Kathe Wohlfahrt – an Aladdin’s cave of wooden decorations, traditional nutcrackers and delicate glass baubles. Perfect for bringing a touch of Bruges Christmas magic home.
Seasonal specials: From November to January, Bruges plays host to a snow and ice sculpture festival. With past themes including Disneyland® Magic’, it’s a great option for family visits.