Events in Bruges

28th, 29th and 30th of September 2013


Bruges has a long tradition of gastronomy. In total, Bruges has 14 Michelin stars thanks to restaurants as De Karmeliet***, Hertog Jan***, De Jonkman**, Danny Horseele**, A’Qi*, Sans Cravate*, Den Gouden Harynck* and De Herborist*. So it is justified when we say Bruges is the Eldorado for connoisseurs. 9 of those 14 stars are represented at Kookeet. In the stylish tent village on the Zand square you will be able to choose from a wide range of culinary hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a special tent with cooking demonstrations by the participating top chefs. Come and enjoy the atmosphere, discover some culinary novelties, but above all let us surprise you with a wide range of fine cooking at democratic prices.

22nd of November 2013 until the 5th of January 2014

Bruges Christmas Market

Take yourself off for a unique shopping experience to the Bruges’ Christmas market. There can't be many settings more beautiful at Christmas than this medieval town, with its cobbled streets, historic buildings and horses and carts plodding by. Colourful lights illuminate festive stalls crammed with Christmas goodies.

22nd of November 2013 until the 5th of January 2014

Ice Skating Rink

During the Christmas period the Bruges’ market square looks like a winter wonderland. Spin around and turn pirouettes on Bruges' Market Square Ice Rink. It wouldn’t be winter without this fantastic experience. The Christmas market on the main square forms a ring around the open-air ice rink.

22nd of November 2013 until the 5th of January 2014

Ice Sculpture Festival

Every year, Bruges proudly presents the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival hosted at the railway station. It is a must-see and very unique winter experience in Europe. Three hundred thousand kilos of ice and 400 tons of snow are shipped in, and professional ice sculptors work hard to carve the most beautiful glacial creations. After your adventure through the ice you can enjoy a heart-warming glass “in the rocks” at the ice bar or warm up in the nostalgic tent of mirrors. This year’s theme is “Ice Palace”

22st of november until the 1st of december 2013

Magical Winter Moments Kersthappening

Formerly known as “The Grand Christmas Happening Bruges”, this is a stylish and festive event, which features all the newest trends in home and floral decoration. Located in the heart of the city, be inspired by “Magical Winter Moments” with flowers at the Oud Sint Jan. Under the influence of the flower arranging enthusiasts’ publication Fleur Créatif, master florists and decorators will be displaying brilliant Christmas floral arrangements. There will be plenty of opportunity to buy souvenirs at this first class event, which is guaranteed to provide fresh ideas and inspiration for the floral enthusiast.

4th until the 15th of December 2013

December Dance

December Dance 2013 is the culmination of a festive year. Last season, Wim Vandekeybus and his company Ultima Vez celebrated their 25th anniversary with an impressive jubilee programme. What juicier cherry could there be on their birthday cake than to appoint this renowned choreographer curator of the international dance festival December Dance?  Brugge and Cultuurcentrum Brugge are once again organising a December Dance Platform: a chance for up-and-coming young talents to present their latest creations. As we have come to expect, the number of dance performances with live music will be exceptionally high. Especially for December Dance 2013 Vandekeybus has created Spiritual Unity: a clever patchwork of choreographies and compositions selected from the past five years of Ultima Vez. Wim Vandekeybus knows how to party.

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