Travel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I visited Bruges at the end of November with P&O Cruises. I’ve been in the summer, but had never made it during the holidays to visit the Bruges Christmas Market. I was completely blown away by how magical the city was at Christmastime!

Travel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market featured by top London travel blogger Mollie MooreTravel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market featured by top London travel blogger Mollie MooreTravel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market featured by top London travel blogger Mollie Moore

Travel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market featured by top London travel blogger Mollie MooreTravel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market featured by top London travel blogger Mollie MooreTravel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market featured by top London travel blogger Mollie MooreTravel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market featured by top London travel blogger Mollie MooreTravel Guide: Everything you Need to Know about the Bruges Christmas Market featured by top London travel blogger Mollie Moore

While of course you’ll want to visit the Bruges Christmas Market, there are so many other things to do while you’re in town. Below are my top tips for visiting Bruges in December!

BRUGES CHRISTMAS MARKET:

THINGS TO DO IN BRUGES IN DECEMBER

  • Bruges Christmas Market: The Bruges Christmas market is so cute! Grab some hot chocolate or mulled wine and stroll around the various shops. From handmade ornaments, to knit scarves, to candles – you can find it all at the market!
  • Ice Skating: Next to the market is an outdoor ice skating rink. I think it looks particularly pretty at night with all of the lights from the market surrounding it.
  • Shopping: There are SO many cute local boutiques and shops around Bruges. My favorite was called Sissy Boy, located just off the main square. It’s full of amazing clothing for the whole family, and it even has an awesome home decor section! A must visit when you’re in Bruges.
  • Beer Tasting: Belgium is known for beer after all! My favorite one is called 2be, and it’s situated right on the canal. We loved visiting this brewery during the summer, but I almost loved it more at winter! They had outdoor heaters and bonfires set up, so you could still sit outside and enjoy the views of the canal without freezing. Be sure to get a meat and cheese plate with your brew!

PLACES TO EAT IN BRUGES IN DECEMBER

  • Sanservia Bagelsalon: I went to Sanservia for breakfast one morning and it was absolutely amazing! Everything from the food to the holiday decor was totally on point. They do take reservations, but I was able to walk in without one. I would recommend reserving on the weekends!
  • De Bottelier: My favorite meal of the whole trip was probably De Bottelier. It’s owned by a husband and wife duo – the wife cooks everything from the scratch while the husband serves. I had the goat cheese lasagna, which was absolutely AMAZING. The one thing I’ll note is that the food takes awhile to come out. Since it’s just the wife making all of the meals, I waited nearly an hour for my lasagna (and it wasn’t crowded at all). Go on a night when you can sit down and enjoy your meal and company! Definitely make a booking in advance.
  • Chez Albert: After doing lots of online research, I came to the conclusion that Chez Albert is the best spot to grab a waffle in Bruges. I got mine with dark chocolate, strawberries, and whipped cream. It was to die for! Note that it’s cash only.
  • That’s Toast: Another amazing breakfast or lunch spot is That’s Toast. They have avocado toast, French toast, and everything in between. My meal was absolutely delicious, and it was nice to have a lighter breakfast after my heavy lasagna at De Bottelier. No reservations needed!

WHAT TO WEAR TO BRUGES IN DECEMBER

Layers, layers, layers! The temps were around 45F when I was there, which isn’t too cold. However, it felt much colder and there was a lingering chill in the air that just wouldn’t quit. I recommend packing lots of sweaters, turtlenecks, and warm socks. I wore this packable down jacket as my outer layer and was plenty warm the whole time. You don’t need your warmest winter coat, but I definitely recommend something with insulation. Be sure to pack an umbrella as well – it rains a lot this time of year!

From the Bruges Christmas Market, to the cute shops, to the festive holiday decor – Bruges has everything you could want for a magical Christmas escape!

xx Mollie

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*** Thank you to P&O Cruises for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

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Rach

Seriously, everything looks so cute, charming, and festive! This makes me want to book a trip there for next December!

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Cathy

This looks like such a magical place to visit at Christmas time! I need to add this to my bucket list. Love your beautiful photos!!

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ashley hargrove

Oh my gosh what a gorgeous place!! This would make me so happy everyday!

Lyddiegal

Wow, what a magical city to spend the holidays in! Your meal sounds amazing, I would just LOVE goat cheese lasagna!
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Tanvi Rastogi

Wow … this looks like right out of the movies. I have to get to Europe during the holidays next year. It is just so pretty.

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Lee

It;s so picture perfect!! Bookmarking this for if I can ever get there during the holidays!

Kileen

Omg this looks absolutely amazing!! Makes me want to go asap; I need to bookmark this for future reference!

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Kelsey

Oh my gosh that strawberry thing you’re holding looks delicious!! What a cute little town!

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I was watching your stories and was in awe of how gorgeous the city was! It’s going on my bucket list!

Morgan

A day of shopping and beer tasting sounds so fun for the holidays!! Maybe I’ll pitch this area to my family for our next holiday vaca!

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Greta

I’m dying to go here next Christmas! I’ve already told my husband we’re going! It’s so cute and festive!

Anna English

Everything is so cute there! This is going on my Christmas Market bucket list asap!