Dear forum readers,
X-mas is coming to town! Just some reminders about what's going on in Bruges this winter.
X-MAS MARKET: 24/11/2011 until 03/01/2012
Mind: The city council has recently decided to open the X-mas market on Thursday 24/11/2011 instead of Friday 25/11/2011!
* every day from 11h00 untill 19h00
* on Monday, Thursday and Sunday: possibly open untill 22h00 (depending on weather conditions)
* on Friday and Saturday: possibly open untill 23h00 (depending on weather conditions)
On NYE only the Christmas market on the Market square will be open.
ONLY THIS YEAR, additional opening hours:
* on 24/11/2011: 10h30 till 22h30 (end of sales at 22h00)
* on 16/12/2011: 11h00 till 00h30 (end of sales at midnight)
16/12/2011 has special opening hours because there is a running event called "Kerstloop" or simply "Christmas run" in English. It's the first time that this run is being organised. There is a 5 km run and a 10 km run, both start at 20h00 on the Market square. Here is the route:
MARKT – WOLLESTRAAT – PREDIKHERENREI – LANGESTRAAT - HOOGSTRAAT – BURG – MARKT – GELDMUNTSTRAAT – NOORDZANDSTRAAT – SMEDENSTRAAT – BEURSPLEIN – ZAND – ZUIDZANDSTRAAT – SIMON STEVINPLEIN – STEENSTRAAT – MARKT
The 10 km runs this route twice.
You can participate if you like, the price is 7 euro for the 5 km and 10 euro for the 10 km run.
The website is only in Dutch: http://www.ivandegrieck.be/nl/index.php
Bruges always makes an effort to look stunningly magical during X-mas, so many places are decorated with X-mas lights.
This year the X-mas lights are on from 25/11/2011 untill 08/01/2012. I checked this afternoon whether the X-mas light would go on sooner, on 24/11, but the responsible person said "probably not".
X-MAS HAPPENING - MAGICAL WINTER MOMENTS
Magical winter moments can be described as a X-mas home interior fair, focused on flowers and floral art. It's the best place to get ideas on how to decorate your house. It's a very popular event in Bruges.
Open from 25/11/2011 until 04/12/2011 from 10h00 to 18h00.
The price is 12 euro or 10 euro if you buy your ticket in advance on the website www.happenings.be
Don't throw away your ticket! You get discount in 3 museums:
* Groeningemuseum for the expo "Imperial Treasures"
* Memlingmuseum for the expo "From barber-surgeons to plague saints
ICE SCULPTURES: 25/11/ 2011 until the 15/01/2012
Each winter the square in front of the train station houses several large white tents. And each year thousands flock to these tents to visit the Snow and Ice Sculptures.
Every edition has a different theme. Themes from previous years include: Harry Potter, Ice Age and Around the world in snow and ice (famous UNESCO monuments & buildings).
This year's theme is DISNEY! Classic Disney figures (Mickey, Sleeping Beauty, Simba...) as well as modern ones (Jack Sparrow, Wall-E...) welcome you in Bruges. This is one edition not to miss, fun for all ages.
The ice sculptures are open 7 days a week from 10h00 to 19h00.
The adult price is 13 euro, kids (4 - 12 years) pay 9 euro.
Other winter events can be found at foto.brugge.be/events_brugge/winter_nl.html