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Christmas markets in Flanders (the best in Europe)

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Christmas in Flanders lives that intensity of an era where sweets, music and decoration fill the streets with magic in this beautiful corner of Belgium. The Christmas markets in Flanders they start to warm up engines and if you are thinking about living Christmas for Europe, today we are going to tell you about our experience in 3 cities in Flanders where Christmas markets become the protagonists.

Christmas markets in Flanders

Last Christmas we decided to visit the main Christmas markets in Flanders, north of Belgium. To visit these markets we use the train, the most comfortable means of transport in Belgium. Leuven, Ghent and Antwerp They were our destinations, 100% Christmas destinations.

  • How to get around Flanders (by train of course)
  • The city of Ghent
  • Leuven, university city

To reach this region the best connection point is Brussels Airport. The best way to get around Flanders is by train


Leuven, Ghent and Antwerp

Three Christmas cities

1 Leuven, small, cuckoo and full of life

Upon arrival at Brussels airport We took a train to Leuven, a train that left us in the center of the city. It was set foot in Leuven and we breathe a completely Christmas atmosphere.

On the main street, in Bondgenotenlaan, there were small clothes stalls. Next to town hall Yet the St. Peter's Church they had placed illuminated wooden reindeers of various colors. Christmas music in the background, well-lit streets, as if they were the city's festivals.


Christmas market next to the Town Hall
Christmas markets in Flanders

Next to the Central Library there were the main food and Christmas gifts stalls. Caps, dolls, t-shirts, local cuisine, good beer, there was practically everything. There we bought some caps of Epi and Blas, they are not Christmas but they made us very funny.


Epi and Blas for Christmas
Christmas markets in Flanders

In the center of Leuven Christmas market there was a small enclosure where I was Santa Claus, taking pictures with tourists or the inhabitants of Leuven. Next to him were thetell stories, volunteer people who told incredible stories about the city and where the children had a blast.


Christmas markets in Flanders
Christmas markets in Flanders

The good thing about Leuven is that it is a fairly small city and can be seen in one day. The markets are in the main squares, and although they are not as large as those in Ghent or Antwerp, they do have that spirit and that environment that makes it impossible to get bored. Whether as a couple or as a family, this type of event is always worth it.

2 Ghent, a classic among the markets in Europe

We leave Leuven behind on a journey of just over half an hour by train. If we liked Leuven, Ghent fascinated us. Ghent at Christmas It is perfect to go with family. There is an amazing atmosphere and the Christmas markets are really huge. In Ghent they even ride ice skating rinks and even ahuge ferris wheel.


Ghent at Christmas
The castle at Christmas

He Castle of the Counts of Ghent They decorate it especially for these dates. They fill it with gifts and there are even rooms dedicated to “Disney moments”, such as Sleeping Beauty, which waits at the end of a long corridor for the kiss of his beloved prince.


Christmas markets in Flanders
The castle at Christmas

Next to the St. Nicholas Church They ride an indoor ice rink. If you walk along the street market, the big ferris wheel appears, surrounded by terraces and a first-class Christmas atmosphere. Posts and more posts, people and music everywhere.

Between the cathedral and the church of San Nicolás are possibly the stalls and the most beautiful part of the Christmas market. It is also a perfect place to have a beer or snack at a stand.


Christmas markets in Flanders
Christmas markets in Flanders

3 Antwerp, power in the city of diamonds

We leave Ghent behind and take the train again this time to Antwerp, the city of diamonds, a city with a multitude of Spanish remains and a truly spectacular square, the so-called Grote Markt. When you arrive in this city you can see its power. Has aspectacular train station and a commercial avenue, Meir, with hundreds of stores of the leading brands.


Christmas markets in Flanders
Christmas markets in Flanders

When you walk through the center, through the area ofGrote Markt, you realize because this city begins to be fashionable. It is crowded with people. You can hardly walk its streets. The restaurants are up and the port area, where they put a huge ferris wheel every year, it houses one of the largest Christmas markets in Belgium.


Christmas markets in Flanders
Christmas markets in Flanders

Next to the Christmas market is the Antwerp Castle fully lit for the occasion. From there there are beautiful views towards the market, the port and the big ferris wheel. It is a perfect place to buy a Christmas souvenir or to take a family walk.


Christmas markets in Flanders
Christmas markets in Flanders

Antwerp is an opulent city, a city of merchants. It still retains that wealth of the past and although Ghent or Bruges they can win it in part for beauty, we can say that Antwerp is not far away. Maybe it's Christmas, with that we just loved it.

Practical data

Flights to Flanders

To get to Flanders you have to fly to Brussels airport, a destination where it is easy to find cheap flights from € 40 i / v. Train tickets can be purchased from the official website and for the flights we recommend the following pages:

  • Brussels Airlines
  • Ryanair
  • Skyscanner (always has the best prices)

Guided visits

For about € 15 you can take a guided tour, a good option if you want to know the history of each city first hand. Recommendable!.

CityTours
Leuven Tour Hire guided tour
Ghent Tour Hire guided tour
Tour of Antwerp Hire guided tour

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