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I love going to Christmas Markets in Belgium! Almost every city has a Christmas Market and most of them sell amazing Mulled Wine (with Amaretto) and Jenever (a kind of typically Belgian Schnapss in all kinds of flavours such as chocolate and butterscotch). 

Belgium is a great country to visit at Christmas as you can combine the many Christmas Markets with great Christmas shopping! 

In this blog post I will put together an overview of the best Belgian Christmas Markets to visit! 

Liege Christmas Market

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Liege is known to be a crisp and jolly holiday spirit every year during Christmas. The entire city is usually decorated from top to bottom with extravagant lights! The main highlights of Liege are its skating rink next to the cathedral, a craft village, three Christmas Villages, a sound and light show in St Paul Cathedral, and a European circus festival. Bored of the basic festivities that are usually celebrated in Christmas? Come visit the Liege Christmas Market to experience an exhilarating Christmas with friends and families! You will leave Liege feeling jolly and merry after the wonderful experiences that you will partake in Liege Christmas Market.  

Things to do in Liege at Christmas

Travelling to Liege at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Liege by Christmas. 

  • Ice Skating: there is some great Ice Skating in Liege! The Ice Skating rink is very large and is located close to the cathedral. 
  • Large Ferris Wheel: Take a ride in the large Ferris Wheel. 
  • Eat Boulets à la Liégeoise: These amazing meatballs come with a creamy sauce and are typically from Liege! I love them! 

Where to stay in Liege at Christmas

($) Cosy Apartment with view over the roofs: this amazing apartment in the middle of the city is a great place to stay during the Christmas season! 

($$) The Seven : This apartment can host up to 4 people and is bright and airy! 

($$$) Central House Boat for 10: this amazing house boat with wood burner can host up to 10 people! This beautifully decorated boat will be your perfect house during the Christmas Period! 

Hotel Name

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Rating

Price

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Ibis Budget Liège

7.2/10

$67

Mercure Liege City Centre

★★★★

8.4/10

$87

Amosa Liège City Centre Apart Regence 17

★★★

8/10

$172

Antwerp Christmas Market

Antwerp is a wonderful place to visit during your winter holidays! Enjoy many exciting activities such as having a go at the ice skating ring, playing miniature golf in a fire forest, enjoying your time at a winter bar in front of a fire, kissing under a giant mistletoe, shop for hundreds of unique souvenirs at over 90 stalls, and enjoy a breathtaking view at the giant Ferris wheel. Aside from the multitude of things to do in Antwerp, you can enjoy delicious food and a comfortably warm drink at Antwerp. You can never go wrong by visiting Antwerp for its Christmas Market, truly honing to the season of jolly!

Things to do in Antwerp at Christmas

Travelling to Antwerp at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Antwerp by Christmas. 

  • Ice Skating: there is some great Ice Skating in Liege! The Ice Skating rink is very large and is located on the Groenplaats. 
  • Large Ferris Wheel: Take a ride in the large Ferris Wheel located on the quays. 
  • Try a ‘Bolleke’: Bollekes – also Known as De Coninck is one of the many local Antwerp beers you can try! 

Where to stay in Antwerp at Christmas

($) Large apartment in the Theatre District: An absolute steal at this cheap price! Amazing apartment that can sleep up to 12! 

($$) Beautiful central apartment: Amazing apartment with free parking in the centre of town! 

($$$) Amazing Duplex Apartment: Great duplex apartment in the heart of town. Phenomenal views!

Hotel Name

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Rating

Price

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ibis budget Antwerpen Centraal Station

★★

7.6/10

$59

HotelO Kathedral Antwerp

★★★

8.2/10

$123

Hotel FRANQ

★★★★

9.2/10

$205

Brussels Christmas Market

What’s unique about the Brussels Christmas Market is its Winter Wonders event which takes place during the Christmas holidays at the city center of Brussels. You will have the opportunity to partake in many merry activities that are fun for the whole family. A Christmas Market is available with more than 200 chalets in the Winter Wonders if you are looking to do a bit of shopping. There are also many fairground attractions such as Ferris Wheels, merry-go-rounds, and multiple attractions. Want a true winter experience? Come try out the ice rink for some skating and fun! Finally, the Winter Wonders has a Christmas tree with a sound and light show on the Grand-Place to top off you Winter Wonder experience! Truly a unique experience!

Things to do in Brussels at Christmas

Travelling to Brussels at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Brussels by Christmas. 

  • Watch the ‘Winter Wonders’ Inauguration Parade
  • See the Christmas Market from above on the ferris wheel
  • Go ice skating at Place de Brouckère

Where to stay in Brussles at Christmas

($) Cosy studio in Brussels super centrally located – Cosy little studio in the centre of Brussels. 

($) View on the historic Bourse, no cleaning fee! – Amazing view on the Brussels Bourse. Very Centrally Located. 

($$) Duplex 2Bedrooms – Center – Great Duplex in the centre of Brussels

Hotel Name 

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Rating

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easyHotel Brussels City Centre

★★★

8.4/10

$70

NH Brussels Carrefour de l'Europe

★★★★

8.2/10

$125

Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo

★★★★★

9.4/10

$358

Ghent Christmas Market

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Experience the authentic Christmas spirit in the heart of Ghent at the Christmas Market, there are tons to do at this festive location during the winter! The specialties of the Ghent Christmas Market include more than 150 wooden huts that are filled with items, foods, drinks, and much more. You can also enjoy the neighborhoods wonderful Christmas decorations as you walk amongst firs and pines. The aroma of the neighborhood will tingle your Christmas spirit as you enjoy the scent of pine resin and mulled wine that will give you a wonderful winter vibrance. Truly a wonderful Christmas experience if you ever decide to visit the Ghent Christmas Market.

Things to do in Ghent at Christmas

Travelling to Ghent at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Ghent by Christmas. 

  • Go ice skating on the Emile Braunplein
  • Visit the Winter Wonder Castle 
  • Celebrate a 1920’s Christmas on the Sint-Veerleplein

Where to stay in Ghent at Christmas

($) Private place in heart of the city – Entire townhouse for rent in Ghent! 
($$) Charming garden studio in the historic center – Absolutely gorgeous studio in the city centre! 
($$$) Luxury and charming apartment, with terrace and view over towers of Ghent – White and airy large apartment in Ghent – Instatastic! 

Hotel Name

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Rating

Price

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ibis budget Gent Centrum Dampoort

★★

8.4/10

$70

Charme Hotel Hancelot

★★★★

8.4/10

$95

1898 The Post

★★★

9.4/10

$188

Bruges Christmas Market

The old town of Bruges or also known as Brugge, turns into a Christmas wonderland in the winter. Visiting the town during winter will definitely lift up your Christmas spirit! Firstly, satiate your hunger with all of the festive food and drinks that are special to the area. Enjoy the local cuisines at the Bruges Christmas Market Village under the brilliant décor of the Bruges’ fairy tale like theme. You can also shop for some souvenirs, and even delicious special chocolates that are home made with quirky Christmas themes. Lastly, you also have the option of enjoying a wonderful skating experience on an ice rink located within the Market Village. Overall, your visit to Bruges will be an enjoyable one during the winter, guaranteed!

Things to do in Bruges at Christmas

Travelling to Bruges at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Bruges by Christmas. 

  • Go ice skating on the Grote Markt 
  • Take a carriage ride 
  • Buy tons and tons of chocolates 

Where to stay in Bruges at Christmas

($) Comfortable Studio 10 Min. Walking Market Square – Beautiful light and airy studio close to the city centre. 

($$) Stay in the heart of Bruges – absolutely amazing apartment in the centre of Bruges. 

($$$) Lovely cottage overlooking canal w/ private garden – if you want a view over the canals in a midieval house – this is your pic. Cheaper than you think! 

Hotel Name

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Price

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Hotel 't Putje

★★★

8.0/10

$66

B&B Le Foulage

★★★★

9.8/10

$145

Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heritage

★★★★

9.8/10

$226

Hasselt Christmas Market

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Enjoy the Hasselt Christmas Market’s indoor ice-rink that is quite a spectacular activity for the kids and adults alike! There are tons of attractions such Santa’s home, a Winterland café, and tons of delicious foods and drink stands. Enjoy more winter snacks and drinks at the Kolonel Dusarplein which will take you on a local culinary trip of winter goodness. Although the Hasselt Christmas Market does not have attractions that are thrill seeking like other Christmas Markets, it more than makes up for it with its culinary adventure, classical winter wonderland theme, and diverse amounts of shops, more than enough to ensure a wonderful winter experience!

Things to do in Hasselt at Christmas

Travelling to Hasselt at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Hasselt by Christmas. 

  • Drink loads of Hasseltse Jenever 
  • Visit Winterland 
  • Meet Santa in his house

Where to stay in Hasselt at Christmas

($) Very light and airy apartment – nice simple apartment in the outskirts of Hasselt. 

($$) Apartment De Cat (5p) in the heart of Hasselt – amazing and large apartment in the heart of the city 

($$$) Ideally located Unique mansion (Hasselt Centre) – big town house with original features. Absolutely stunning! Sleeps 12. 

Hotel Name 

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Rating

Price

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YUP Hotel - Different Hotels

★★★

7.6/10

$95

The Century

★★★

8.4/10

$118

B&B Sasput

★★★★

10/10

$187

Caves of Wonck Christmas Market

Looking for a unique experience for a Christmas Market? Head on over to the Caves of Wonck Christmas Market where you can experience a beautiful artisan market that will surprise you with the vintage handcrafts and decorative gimmicks the market has to offer. The location itself is not like your normal Christmas market, and visiting the Caves of Wonck will also provide for a out of the ordinary winter experience. The site itself is over 2,000 years old, and usually over 70 artisans display their work in the beautiful underground galleries. You will be provided with a unique experience not found in other Christmas Markets in winter, do come here if you are interested in arts and a unique place.

Where to stay Near Wonk at Christmas

Because Wonk is a very small place, I decided to list places nearby rather than in Wonk itself. I would honestly be surprised if Wonk had a hotel or an Airbnb. 

($) Cosy Studio between Liege and Maastricht – Amazing and big studio with lots of light. 

($$) Beautiful modern house by the Meuse – Great modern house in a cosy little village by the river.

($$$) La Villa Capelli – Beautiful villa with hot tub and pool.

Leuven Christmas Market

The Leuven Christmas Market is a classical market that has been around for over 30 years now. The Christmas market has 140 stalls available to visit during your winter holidays. The stalls provide a wide assortment of gimmicks, souvenirs, food, drinks, and unique trinkets. Bask yourself in the captivating aromas made form the wide assortment of local delicacies that will surely entice you in trying them. Finally, the unique part of the Leuven Christmas Market is its Father Christmas attraction where the cottage you can visit is located in the middle of the woods. You can also experience a unique carousel with your kids, a great way to spend time with your children while the adults have a bit of fun as well!

Things to do in Leuven at Christmas

Travelling to Leuven at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Leuven by Christmas. 

  • Walk through the lovely Beguinage 
  • Visit Santa in the Santa village 
  • Kiss under the giant Mistletoe

Where to stay in Leuven at Christmas

($) Cozy Flat and Near to Main Leuven Station – nice little flat near the centre of the city. 

($$) Smartflats Budget – Louvain Central 103 – amazing modern apartment in the centre of the city.

Hotel Name

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Price

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ibis budget Leuven Centrum

★★

7.8/10

$72

pentahotel Leuven

★★★★

8.6/10

$118

Hotel The Fourth - Tafelrond

★★★★

8.2/10

$209

Durbuy Christmas Market

Enjoy multitudes of artisan stalls during your visit here at Durbuy Christmas Market with tons of quality crafts and arts available for you to purchase. You can also witness a classic nativity scene that will simply complement your already enjoyable winter vacation. You can also find fresh gourmet produce from the market if you are looking to stock up on supplies for the family and friends. An ice rink is also available for you to enjoy, and more snacks and wintery treats will wrap up your winter experience with a sweet touch here at the Durbuy Christmas Market.

Where to stay in Durbuy at Christmas

($) L’annexe – Nice little guesthouse near Durbuy

($$) Durbuy, ses ruelles pittoresques et sa gastronomie – beautiful flat with pool.

($$$) Old Apartment Centre of Durbuy – Amazing historical apartment in the centre of the city.

Hotel Name

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La Calèche

★★★

8.8/10

$72

Azur en Ardenne

★★★★

8.8/10

$109

B&B A L'Aise

★★★

9.4/10

$147

Mechelen Christmas Market

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The town of Mechelen is located between Antwerp and Brussels and is a lovely town which is full of local charms and a natural beauty. The Christmas market is different from the others, as in Mechelen, the Christmas market is somewhat modest and calm. It is not as crowded as some of the others in Belgium. This is because Mechelen is still generally an undiscovered location that not many people know of. Nevertheless, the buildings and the area are full of history which will definitely raise up your Christmas spirits. Classic décor such as vibrant Christmas decorations to classic nutcrackers and finally to Christmas music playing all over the city, you will definitely live out your Christmas fairy tale here in Mechelen.

Things to do in Mechelen at Christmas

Travelling to Mechelen at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Mechelen at Christmas. 

  • Go ice skating on a boat! 
  • Take part in a special Christmas run 
  • Go and see one of the many Fire Breather shows 

Where to stay in Mechelen at Christmas

($) Entire flat hosted by Masoud – Nice little flat in Mechelen

($$) Interbellum appartement @ trainstation – Beautiful apartment in the centre of Mechelen near the Train Station.

($$$) Haverwerf: the place to be in Mechelen – Large loft by the river 

Hotel Name

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Rating

Price

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Hotel Elisabeth

★★★

8.6/10

$106

Holiday Inn Express Mechelen City Centre

★★★

8.4/10

$115

Hotel Brouwerij Het Anker

★★★

9.0/10

$134

Namur Christmas Market

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Looking for a beautiful and vibrant winter experience? Come visit the Namur Christmas Market where you are bombarded with hundreds of chalets with unique artisans, all presenting their beautiful work for you to enjoy and even purchase. Experience the wonders of street performance as they amaze you with their unique talents, captivating you with their skills. You can also enjoy the Namur Christmas Market’s unique mulled wine, delicious foods, and more warm drinks that will accentuate your Christmas experience. Musical animations are another unique aspect of the Namur Christmas Market, as you can experience much jolly during the marvelous festivities.

Things to do in Namur at Christmas

Travelling to Namur at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Namur at Christmas. 

  • Look at one of the many Street artists performing. 
  • Go Ice Skating 
  • Visit the Christmas Chalets and eat local produce

Where to stay in Namur at Christmas

($) Large Studio With garden – Nice studio very close to the citadel and city

($$) Entire guest house hosted by Maryline – beautiful guest house with hot tub close to the city 

($$$) La Porterie de l’Abbaye ND du Vivier – Stay in the wonderful gate house of an old abbey! 

Hotel Name

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Rating

Price

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ibis Namur Centre

★★★

8.2/10

$88

Château de Namur

★★★★

8.6/10

$153

Hôtel Vedette

★★★


$178

Ostend Christmas Market

Are you looking to combine a Christmas Market with a beach holiday? Then celebrating Christmas in Ostend is a great idea. This amazing Belgian City sets up a Christmas Market in its park and on the Wapenplein you will be able to visit the Christmas bar. The beautiful Christmas Market is set up on the winding paths of the city park and around the big pond. On the pond they make a large ice skating rink while you will be able to enjoy Jenever, Mulled Wine and other Christmas Favourites on the square at the entrance. 

Things to do in Ostend at Christmas

Travelling to Ostend at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Ostend at Christmas. 

  • Walk through the Musical Light Tunnel 
  • Visit Santa in his Santa House 
  • Take part in the New years Dive in the cold North Sea 

Where to stay in Ostend at Christmas

($) Studio Luka – Cosy Little Studio in the centre of Ostend

($$) Entire flat hosted by Marlon – Beuatiful flat with terrace in the centre of the city

($$$) Luxurious, modern & warm seaside loft – beautiful loft with frontal sea view! 

Hotel Name

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Rating

Price

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Leopold Hotel Ostend

★★★

7.8/10

$68

Upstairs Hotel

★★★

8.6/10

$98

Andromeda Hotel

★★★★

9.2/10

$204

Eupen Christmas Market

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A beautiful winter market with over 70 chalets, this gloriously decorated market will bring one of the best winter wonderland experiences you have ever seen. All of the shops available will partake in the Christmas festivities, and you will definitely spend a lot of time here at the Eupen Christmas Market with its diverse number of things to do. Come visit all of the stalls as the range of products are not only originated from Belgium, but also Germany, the Netherlands, and many others. Products ranging from wool hats, jewels, candles, accessories, fashion, food, and drinks all situated within the Christmas Market. There will also be a musical Christmas program throughout the market, Saint Nicholas and his helper, and an Entertainment galore which will leave a magical atmosphere for your winter experience.

Things to do in Eupen at Christmas

Travelling to Eupen at Christmas? Here are some of the best things to do in Eupen at Christmas. 

  • Watch one of the many concerts 
  • Visit Santa in his Santa House 
  • There will be loads of animation for kids 

Where to stay in Eupen at Christmas

Hotel Name

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Rating

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Sleepwood Hotel

★★★

9/10

$99

Ambassador Hotel Bosten

★★★★

8.2/10

$136

Hotel La Crémaillère

★★★

8.8/10

$196

Malmedy Christmas Market

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Although it only has 10 chalets which is small compared to the other Christmas Markets, the main highlight of the Malmedy Christmas Market is its diversity in the winter culinary experience. Enjoy a large amount of drinks and culinary specialties ranging from superb burgers, reibekuchen, pancakes, oysters, waffles, soups, beers, wine, and much more. Worried about fun for the kids? There will be regular kids’ musical entertainment shows that includes animations of the Christmas Market. What better way to enjoy your winter experience with a diverse set of food to satisfy your hunger, and to sate your curious appetite for some of Belgium’s finest cuisines. 

Where to stay in Malmedy at Christmas

Hotel Name

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Rating

Price

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Malmedy Youth Hostel

★★

7/10

$81

Hotel La Forge

★★

6.2/10

$111

MY Hotel Malmedy

8.4/10

$231

Wavre Christmas Market

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Similar to the Malmedy Christmas Market, the Wavre Christmas Market is perfect for food lovers and culinary enthusiasts looking to try out some of the local delicacies. Bask in the wide assortment of foods such as a wonderful selection of waffles, refreshing liquor, mulled wine, oysters, cheese, snails, seafood, delicious meat, and much more. In addition to the food, you can also find stalls that sell decorations and home-made trinkets in the Christmas Market. You can also head on over to the Place Alphonse where there will be more Christmas festivities such as music and carols which will give you a lovely winter wonderland experience with a satisfied stomach full of delicious food here at the Wavre Christmas Market.

Where to stay in Wavre at Christmas

Hotel Name

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Rating

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ibis Wavre Brussels East

★★★

8.2/10

$73

Martin's All Suites

★★★★

8.8/10

$108

B&B Côté Colline

10/10

$124

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