Winter is always a good time to visit Bruges.
Winter in Bruges
New Year shopping in Bruges
During the end of the year period you can again enjoy some shopping in Bruges. This is possible in more than 350 shops between ’t Zand and the Market Square, but also in neighbouring streets. In your search for a unique handmade New Year’s present, a visit to the workshops and shops with the label ‘Handmade in Bruges’ is a total must. The lovely stalls of the Christmas market in the Market Square and the Simon Stevin Square also add to the atmosphere.
Bruges parties! (Sun 31 December 2017 22:45 to Mon 1 January 2018 01:00)
As it does every year, Bruges says goodbye to the old Year and welcomes the New Year with an evening of singing and a glittering fireworks.
Where? Beurs square in Bruges
Christmas market (17 November – 2 January)
The Christmas market in Bruges is an unmissable tradition. In the centre of the town you will find plenty of food, drink and souvenir stalls. You can discover great gifts, or drink a warming jenever or glühwein. On the ice rink in the Market Square you can pirouette in the shadow of the Belfort. Those who do not have skates can rent some at the rink.
Pieter Pourbus and the forgotten masters
(From Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 21 January 2018)
The best exhibition of the year-end is no doubt ‘Pieter Pourbus and the forgotten masters’. You rediscover centuries old and forgotten paintings in today’s Bruges. You come face to face with artists such as Pieter Pourbus, Marcus Gerards, Pieter I Claeissens...
The exhibition takes you to the Bruges of the sixteenth century. The town is suffering under an economic recession and is emptying. Traders leave the town and the inhabitants become increasingly poorer. Only a limited but regular core of art lovers continues to buy art of the highest quality.
Where? Groeninge museum - Dijver 12
New Year concert (Sunday 7 January 2018 from 15:00 to 23:59)
In the Concert building, the New Year is traditionally started with swirling dance music. Apart from the classics by the emperor of the waltz, Johann Strauss jr., Broadway hits are also on the menu. Dance tunes, drinking parties and cheerful festivities are all evoked by the most swirling and danceable music. Star conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, recent winner of three Grammy’s, loosens his devils and treats you to divine virtuoso music. Cheers!
Where? Concert building - 't Zand 34
Ice sculptures festival (From Saturday 25 November 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018)
The Ice sculptures festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. Artists from all over the world create a fairy tale world in ice, with starring roles for the most loved figures of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. Discover this exceptional exhibition full of emotions and adventure, and experience the magic of the 25th anniversary of Disneyland® Paris at the Ice sculptures festival.
Where? Station square Bruges
Costumés de Venise (from 13-01-2018 to 14-01-2018)
The “Costumés de Venise” will be in Bruges for the third time! This international group is known around the world for their costumes and masks adorned under the Venetian carnival rules. Bruges will be the theatre stage of this group for two days. They will follow a route through several streets and main squares of the city. Saturday magical nocturne on Burg Square at 5 p.m.
Bach Academy Bruges 2018 (Wednesday 24 January 2018 16:00 to Sunday 28 January 2018 20:00)
In this eighth “Bach Academy Bruges”, nothing is what it seems. Listen how Bach reworks his own and other’s music, and how adventurous musicians have later been inspired by the heritage of the Thomas cantor. A dashingly surprising five days of Bach!
Where? Concert building - 't Zand 34, Bruges
Translation from Dutch (Flemish): Annemieke Blondeel