Brussels Christmas Market

Brussels Christmas Market dates: late November to early January.

The Brussels Christmas Market is a highlight of the winter season in Belgium, and has been deemed the most original of its kind in Europe by British tour operators.

The market in Brussels is located in Place Sainte Catherine and stretches for 2 kilometres in the heart of the city centre.

The market features brilliant holiday light displays, a large ice skating rink for adults and a small one for children, and many chalets selling Christmas goods and foods.

After visiting the Brussels Christmas market, make sure to stop by the Grand Place, which is also decorated with lights for Christmas in Brussels.

Brussels Christmas Market Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 21:00, Friday from 12:00 to 22:00, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 22:00. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the market is open from 11:00 to 18:00, and on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day the market is open from 12:00 to 22:00.

Trains from Bruges to Paris

Art at Brussels Station
Brussels Train Station

Trains from Bruges to Paris are a great way to travel from Belgium to France when you are visiting Europe.

There are no direct trains on this route, so you will have to change in either Brussels or Lille en route. Thalys operate trains that run via Brussels, while high-speed TGV trains run via Lille. Both types of trains are comfortable and the journey times are comparable, but Thalys trains run more frequently, so they may be a better choice.

If you choose the Thalys option, you will take an InterCity train to Brussels Midi-Zuid station (more information on how to do this here), then a Thalys train to Paris Gare du Nord station. Your journey time to Paris will range from 2 hours and 29 minutes to 3 hours flat. These services operate up to twice an hour.

If you choose the TGV option, you will take an InterCity train to Lille Flanders station, then a TGV train from Lille Europe station to Paris Gare du Nord station. Note the station change in Lille. Your journey time to France will be 2 hours and 42 minutes, including the connection. These services operate several times a day.

Tickets for trains from Brussels to Paris can cost as little as 46 euros for second class and 69 euros for first class depending on when you travel. You can buy train tickets online or at the station.

Trains from Bruges to Brussels

Train Station in Brussels
Brussels Train Station

Taking the train from Bruges to Brussels is a good way to travel to the capital of the EU when you are visiting Belgium.

InterCity trains run from Bruges to Brussels on a frequent basis. Departures take place twice an hour, so you can take a train whenever it is convenient for you.

Services leave Bruges (Brugge) train station for Brussels Gare du Nord train station. They make stops at Gare Midi-Zuid and Gare Central en route, so you can alight wherever you need to.

The train trip to Brussels varies in length from 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 7 minutes, depending on your departure time.

Tickets cost as little as 13.50 euros one-way in second class and 20.70 euros one-way in first class. You can buy your train ticket at the counter or machines in the station, or online or on your smartphone. No seat reservations are required on trains that travel between these cities.

Discounts on tickets for trains from Bruges to Brussels are available for students, seniors, children, families, and groups.