Christmas market break in Bruges
Famed for its cobbled streets, meandering canals and medieval architecture, its easy to fall in love with this fairytale city known as the Venice Of The North
Bruges sits in the northwest corner of Belgium and is the largest city and capital of the province of West Flanders. This picturesque town is home to flocks of tourists with its soaring towers, cobbled lanes, market squares and medieval churches, and by night you're transported into your very own fairytale with its impressive floodlighting, rich colours and mysterious shadows.
The climate in Bruges is mild with average temperatures in July and August around 20°C. In the colder months (January/February and November/December) temperatures drop to around 6°C or 7°C, but it's rarely lower. Rainfall in Bruges is significant with precipitation even in the driest months so for the least rain and the highest temperatures we'd recommend visiting Bruges in July, but expect to share the experience with a lot of visitors
In winter (Christmas aside), when the crowds have moved on, you could even find yourself with this picture-perfect town practically to yourself.
You'll find the best connections from Brussels Airport (BRU), about an hour in the car, or you can get train transfers to Station Brugge. With an hourly service that includes links to France, heading to Bruges from the UK is more than doable by train when you book with Eurostar.
While cars continue to service the city, cycling is one of the most common and most popular forms of local transport, particularly as cars are required give way to cyclists and pedestrians.
From the Rozenhoedkaai to the Spiegelrei and the Langerei there's loads to do and see in the magical city of Bruges - just one more reason to book you trip now.
The festive season is the perfect time of year to visit Bruges. The Christmas market in Bruges generally begins right at the end of November and often continues until the New Year. The nearer to Christmas you go, the busier the whole of Bruges will be, and the higher the price too.
The appetite for European Christmas markets has increased dramatically over the last 5 years among British travellers, and travel companies have responded accordingly, therefore plenty of deals are available. Very cheap offers tend to feature lower quality hotels at the edge of town, while more expensive packages will get you closer to the action. We've searched Groupon, Groupon Goods, LivingSocial, Away Holidays, Travelscoop, Travelzoo UK, Jet2holidays, Southall Travel, British Airways, Secret Escapes, Groupon UK, Teletext Holidays, Voyage Prive, Premier Holidays, Travelzoo and LoveHolidays for Christmas market breaks in Bruges and have listed them below.
If you're not set on Bruges, check out our Guide to booking a Christmas market break for some other destination ideas