Bruges has a cozy market, which is spread between the Market square, the Simon Stevinplein and Walplein. On these squares you can find wooden stalls which hold all different kinds of “Christmas goods”. Mulled wine (Glühwein), hot chocolate, waffles, gin, candles, scarfs… you name it, all real Christmas stuff. The stalls opens at November 22nd until January 2nd 2014 and will be open on daily basis from 11am.
Maybe I’m sounding a little synical, but for a real Christmas market you should visit Germany. There you can find the original ones. In Belgium (generally) this kind of market is reduced to different food and drink stands, several stalls with clothing (wool) and other cheesy stuff.
At the site of the “Old St Jan” you have “Wintermoments with flowers”, where you can see a wonderful décor where flowers are made into art. This event will be open from November 22nd until December 1st. Only a very short period, you need to be in town just at that moment. You can find more information on http://wintermoments.website.rekad.be/ The entrée fee is €12.
This is a fun thing to do with the kids. If you’re not such a hero on those knives, you can stay on the side (without skates off that slippery ice) with a nice warm drink and be a supporter for your children. An afternoon outside on the ice (or next to it J) in a wonderful environment.