Magical Winter Moments in Bruges

By January 14, 2018Things to do in Bruges
Winter sparks

Winter Sparks 25-26 jan | 2019

Winter Sparks will make this winter cosier and more atmospheric than ever with a series of fun entertainments at the Burg.

From 5 pm you can find yourself a cozy and comfortable spot on the winter terrace,  fire-warmed! courtesy of the Fire Masters. At 7.30 pm and 9 pm, Vincent Glowinski will perform with his intriguing spectacle ‘Human Brush’.

In between, you can enjoy a range of surprising entertainments and installations on and around the winter terrace. The second performance by Vincent Glowinski is followed by a live concert.

program English

Location: Burg

Opening hours

Fri 25 January 2019 5 pm until  Sat 26 January 2019 11 pm

5 pm  – 11 pm  Winter terrace open

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm & 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Installations and animations on and around the winter terrace

7.30 pm – 8 pm & 9 pm – 9.30 pm

Presentation Vincent Glowinski on the Burg

21h30 – 22h30

Live concert, installations and animations on and around the winter terrace

23.30 Close bar and terrace

Bach Academie 15-20 jan | 2019

In this Bach Academy everything revolves around the relationship between heaven and earth, between the believers and their Saviour, at Ascension and Pentecost: with cantatas, concerti and cinematographic creations; with stars to worship and talent to discover; and of course with Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe.

Heaven laughs, Earth exults! Bach was perhaps never more clear in his examination of the relationship between heaven and earth than in his famous Easter cantata, but the Bach Academy Bruges has found many ways to explore the subject.

This eighth edition of the festival uses “Heaven on earth” as its guide. The exceptional programme includes the rarely performed Concertos for three and four harpsichords by Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin  and Claire Croizé’s Flowers (we are), with three dancers and two pianists playing a new composition inspired by Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.


  • cat. 3:  € 168
  • cat. 2: € 186
  • cat. 1: € 206


Costumés de Venise 12 – 13 jan | 2019

The Costumés is an international group of 100 beautifully costumed men and women who will stay two days in the city and bring the atmosphere of the baroque Venice to Bruges.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January 2019

4 parades + 1 nocturnal

Before they go to Venice for the Carnaval they come to Bruges first to show they beautifull new costumes for the 1st time to the public.

There will be 4 parades and 1 nocturnal show on the Burg.

Program :

Saturday January 12th 2019

10AM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Markt 

2PM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Markt

6.30-8PM :Nocturnal on the big stage at Burg Square

Sunday January 13th 2019

10AM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Oude Burg

2PM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Oude Burg

Visitors and passers-by will be able to enjoy free of charge the beautiful spectacle!

Come and see, it’s free!


The festive season in Bruges includes the  Ice Rink (Winter in Bruges) andBruges Christmas Market.  Many stalls can found on the Market Square and on Simon Stevinplein (Ice Rink).

The cozy Christmas atmosphere at the Christmas market in Bruges helps make Bruges Winter Market one of the most vibrant markets of the country.

Winter market  Bruges :

When: 23/11/18 –  1/01/2019

So why is Bruges a favorite Christmas market destination in Europe? From 23 November until 1 January the entire old town of Bruges (Brugge) as it’s known, transforms into a Christmas market wonderland.

In addition to a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of seasonal jollity, you will also be able to find that unusual last-minute present for someone special. In addition, you can enjoy the ice rink.

When: November 23, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Where: Bruges, Belgium

Map: Bruges on Google Maps

Official Website:

Magical Winter Moments

Located in the heart of the city and also known as “The Grand Christmas Happening Bruges”, this happening is a stylish and festive event, which features all the latest trends in interior and floral decoration.

Master florists and design aficionados will be displaying brilliant Christmas floral arrangements combined with plenty of opportunities to buy nice souvenirs.

When: November 23- November 27-November 2018

Where: Old St Jan, Bruges, Belgium

Official Website:

The 17th Midwinter Festival

The Midwinter Festival is definitely worth a visit if you want to get into the Christmas spirit.
This charming Festival will be bringing its Christmas cheer to the Sint-Annawijk again this year. (Christmas market with traditional products on the Balstraat – the perfect place to pick up gifts made with love and care).
The stalls will be selling trinkets, delicious snacks and drinks. You can warm up in the Folklore Museum with its inviting museum café. Look around the museum and take part in the activities on offer, including the family craft table. On the other side of the street, the Lace Museum will be opening its doors, offering an exhibition, demonstrations, and workshops. If you’re looking for a Christmassy atmosphere, head for the Adornesdomein, where there will be Christmas songs in the chapel.

When: December  9

Where: Sint-Annawijk, Bruges, Belgium

Ice Sculpture Festival Bruges

The Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Belgium display amazing artworks where artists from all over the globe have created a wonderful world of ice in the first ever digital ice museum! Video projections light up a panorama of ice sculptures – each at least four meters high – for visitors to the museum to marvel at. Come and see this magnificent, magical show, complete with 3D projections – it’s super-cool.

When: November 24- November 06-January 2019

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