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Dates for 2014 Christmas markets in Belgium and France

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Christmas may seem a long way off and is probably one of the last things you want to think about in the middle of Summer, however, with the provisional dates already released for many of this winter’s festivities the best hotels, in convenient locations for visiting Europe’s top Christmas Markets, will soon fill up.

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Belgium


Antwerp

Kerst & Creatief Beurs, 15th & 16th November 2014

A cost Christmas market with original gifts and some surprising performances at Antwerp Expo. Hobbysalon.be

Christmas Market, 6th December 2014 to 5th January 2015

There’s plenty to see in Antwerp with Christmas markets at de Groenplaats, Handschoenmarkt, Grote Markt and Suikerrui. VisitAntwerpen.be

Antwerp at Christmas

Christmas Fair & Ice Rink, 6th December 2014 to 4th January 2015

A second Christmas market and ice skating rink at Steenplein.  VisitAntwerpen.be

Bruges

22nd November 2014 to 2nd January 2015

Bruges looks particularly pretty during the festive season and while the Christmas market in many of the other cities listed here may be bigger, the setting for the Bruges Christmas market couldn’t be lovelier. There will be stalls on the Market Square and an ice-rink and stalls on Simon Stevinplein.

Bruges Christmas

Winter Moments with Flowers, 21st to 30th November 2014

In addition Winter Moments with Flowers, runs from  at Site Oud Sint-Jan, Mariastraat 38. This is an exhibition for lovers of Christmas spirit, decorations and flowers. Daily flower arranging and demonstrations take place alongside numerous exhibitors highlighting party ideas. Happenings.be

Midwinterfest 14th December 2014

A festive Christmas market with a huge range of traditional and original Christmas gifts and tasty treats to tempt you, held in Balstraat.

Brussels

Winter Wonders, 28th November 2014 to 4th January 2015

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I visited Winter Wonders in Brussels for the first time last year and had a fabulous time.  The European Christmas market is held in the heart of the city on Place Sainte-Catherine. The big wheel and the ice rink at Marché aux Poissons, where I saw a really fantastic skating display, will both be back again this year, as well as some 150 stalls and the magical son & lumière illuminations on the Grand-Place.  WinterWonders.be

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The Festival of Ice and Snow Sculptures runs from mid-December 2014 to early February 2015. It showcases artistic snow and ice sculptures, which are kept at a chilling -6°C. This year’s theme will be revealed just before the opening!  VisitBrussels.be

Ghent

Ghent Winter Festivites, 5 December 2014 to 11th January 2015

Ghent’s city centre will be turned in to a winter wonderland with an ice-rink, a giant Ferris wheel and the Christmas market at Konenmarkt. This year, the Castle of the Counts will be part of the winter festivities and decorated as a winter castle, with special night openings and events. VisitGent.be

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Christmas Market, 5th December to 4th January

A small market from St Bravo’s Square to the Corn Market, with international stalls offering traditonal products from their countries plus mulled wine, tasty treats and live music.

Light Festival, 29th January 2014 to 1st February 2015

Every three years the Light Festival lights up the city with works by international light artists. The city’s nights will become the backdrop for a surprising spectacle, ingenious installations, spectacular performances and beautiful events, all based on light.

Hasselt

Winter Village, 15 November 2014 to 4 January 2015

This cosy winter village offers Flanders’ largest mobile skating rink, the House of Santa Claus and a fun Ferris wheel in Kolonel Dusartplein.  For the little ones there is also a small Christmas train.  Winterland.be

Leuven

Winter Season, 11th to 31st December 2014

Stroll through one of the loveliest Christmas market in the country, enjoy an intimate Christmas concert, sip a sparkling winter beer or just get lost in the enchanting streets full of candlelight and conviviality.

Christmas Market, 11th to 21st December 2014

Once again, Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein and Herbert Hooverplein will serve as the enchanting backdrop for this Christmas market, one of the oldest Christmas markets in Belgium.  LeuvenseKerstMarkt.com

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Mechelen

The market provisionally dates are 13th to 21st December, however, this may be extended.  It is centred on Grote Markt, City Hall, IJzerenleen and Veemarkt with food and drink stalls and stalls offering ideas for Christmas gifts.

Ostend

Winterjis, 28th November 2014 to 4th January 2015

The Wapenplein will be covered with a transparent marquee measuring 2,600 m2 and forming a unique backdrop for a magical winter landscape. Step inside and be amazed by the stunning setting, magical lighting and fairytale decorations designed by Neverland, the set constructors of the world famous dance festival Tomorrowland. Check Winterijs.be for updated details.

Ypres

Christmas in Ypres,  28th November 2014 to 4th January 2015

Christmas Market, seasonal entertainment and ice rink on  Grote Markt.  Kerstmarkt-Ieper.be


France


Amiens

21st November to 28th December 2014

Amiens is one of the the largest Christmas market in the north of France bringing the magic of Christmas into the heart of the city.

Arras

 28th November to 30th December 2014

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Arras, the town renowned for its tapestries of the late Middle Ages, holds a spectacular Christmas market on the Grand Place with some 60 stalls offering a wide range of arts and crafts and local delicacies.

Lille’s Christmas Market

21st November to 28th December 2014

The one of the biggest Christmas Market in northern France is held in Lille and attracts nearly a million visitors each year.

Lille Christmas Market

Paris

15th November 2014 to 6th January 2015

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What better time to visit the ‘City of Lights’ than at Christmas. For more details of the various markets and festivities visit About France.

Reim’s Christmas Market

21st November to 28th December 2014

You’ll find around 120 stalls at the Christmas market at Reims. Street entertainers, carol singers and magicians all add to the festive atmosphere.

Rouen

8th December to 13th December 2014

Held in front of the Cathedral the Marché, this small Christmas market has some lovely stalls selling arts and craft and local delicacies plus there are two ice rinks.

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Author: Kathryn Burrington

Travel writer, photographer and blogger for the Serenity Holidays group, including the short break experts, Great Escapes.

6 thoughts on “Dates for 2014 Christmas markets in Belgium and France

  1. Christmas will be here before we know it! Thanks for highlighting some of the best Christmas markets. I might go to Bruges.

    • Bruges is high on my list too, Clare, although top this year is Paris – I’m hoping to make a short visit to coincide with the markets and Christmas lights – a favourite subject for my camera.

  2. Excellent list! Something to look forward to! 🙂

  3. That is great advice, personally can’t wait to visit the Christmas markets one year – on the bucket list to do a winter Europe trip!

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