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Bruges & Ghent Xmas Markets

Bruges & Ghent Xmas Markets

Bruges & Ghent Christmas Markets

Friday 8 December 2023 (4 Days)    1 ROOM AVAILABLE

Due to a cancellation we have 1 rooms available Reduced to £349pp

If you set out to design a fairy-tale medieval town, it would be hard to improve on central Bruges (Brugge in Dutch), one of Europe's best preserved cities. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historical churches and lane after lane of old whitewashed almshouses.

Winter Wonders is your favourite Christmas market in Belgium followed by Ghent, Antwerpen, Bruges and Liege. With its 2.5 million visitors, Winter Wonders is the unmissable end-of-year event in Brussels which, for the occasion, dons its festive costume and pulls out all the stops on the menu.
Capital of Europe, Brussels has also for several years been one of the Christmas capitals with Strasbourg, Budapest and Vienna. The teams in charge of this event set the bar higher every year to offer you moments of pure magic. The great classics are all awaiting you: magnificent Sound and Light shows at the Grand-Place, a majestic tree, a life-sized manger, a skating rink, magical lights and many exhibitions which dot the event and, of course, amazing Christmas markets bursting with treasures which will delight the curious and titillate the gourmets’ taste buds.

When you think of Flemish cities in Belgium with beautiful architecture, picturesque canals and delicious food, you will more than likely think of Bruges. But you might not know that this also perfectly describes Ghent, another of Belgium’s wonderful, historic cities and one you might like to visit this winter.
Vibrant Ghent is well worth a weekend trip.  Quirky Ghent offers a fascinating cultural cocktail brimming with trendy, modern urban life. Ghent is a city where people enjoy life: a chilled-out place where anything goes and a city that feels human. Its friendly, welcoming people love the good life. Don’t miss the chance to admire the world-famous masterpiece—the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers—during your weekend trip

The Christmas markets in Ghent start at Saint Bavo’s Cathedral, home to one of the most popular sights in Ghent, the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, commonly known as the Ghent Altarpiece.The Christmas market continues along Botermarkt. This small street passes Het Belfort van Gent, the famous 14th-century Belfry and Watchtower.From here, you can follow the narrow street past Saint Nicholas’ Church for more Christmas stalls with delicious international food and Christmas decorations on sale.The Christmas market finishes around the corner on Korenmarkt, another market square not far from the incredibly beautiful historic bridges in Ghent, Sint-Michielsbrug and Grasbrug.

Click here for more information  Ghent, more than a one night stay | Visit Gent

Hotel in Bruges

4* Academie Hotel has been completely reburbished and 
is less than 100 metres from the famous Minnewater in a scenic and peaceful area of Bruges. The hotel includes a cosy bar, underground parking and a terrace with a garden. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. Air conditioning, a TV and refrigerator are provided as standard in the rooms at Academie. Each room also has a private bathroom with a shower and a bath. The Beguinage and De Halve Maan Brewery are less than 150 metres away. Academie is a 10-minute walk from both the Grote Markt and Bruges Railway Station. A daily buffet breakfast is served in the the hotel and includes pastries, breads and fresh coffee. There is also a lounge with tourist information. Free WiFi is available in the public areas. 

  • Coach from M1 Junc 40, Rotherham, Catcliffe, Sheffield, Norton, Chesterfield & Worksop
  • Short Sea Ferry Crossing
  • 3 Night’s Bed & Breakfast
  • 4* Academie Hotel in centre of Bruges
  • Included Excursion to Brussels or Ghent (TBC)
  • All Road and City Taxes
  • Tour Manager

Cost:  £399
Single Supplement:  £145  (double room, single occupancy)
Deposit:  £80
Balance Due: 24 September 2023

LJ Leisure Coach Departure Points

Due to the new Sheffield Clean Air Zone charge, we have had to change our departure point for Sheffield.

Our departure points are as follows:

ROTHERHAM  (opp Bridge Inn, on Bridge Street)
CATCLIFFE (Orgreave Road, outside gates to playing to playing field)
MEADOWHEAD (Bus stop before the Hilton Hotel)
WORKSOP (The Lockkeeper pub, off A57