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Events in Bruges

22 November 2019 till 5 January 2020

Christmas Market and ice-rink

For more than a month, you can immerse yourself in the true Christmas atmosphere on the Market Square and at the Simon Stevinplein; on the Market Square you can even pull on your ice skates.

Useful Information

  • Address: Markt & Simon Stevinplein
  • More Info: 22 November 2019 - 5 January 2020
  • Opening hours: daily

5 December 2019 till 15 December 2019

December Dance

The annual rendezvous for dance lovers from all over the world. Over a number of days, this festival brings together established names and young talent at a range of unique locations in the city. The Brussels performing arts collective Needcompany and Jan Lauwers are the central guest and curator of the 2019 edition.

Useful Information

  • Address: Concert Hall, Royal City Theatre, Biekorf and Magdalena Concert Hall (MaZ)
  • More Info: 5 – 15 December 2019

21 May 2020 till 21 May 2020

Procession of the Holy Blood

This impressive religious event celebrates the most sacred relic in Bruges. It has been taking place since 1150, when the Count of Flanders appeared with a stained cloth, allegedly used to wipe Christ's wounds. Once a year, the holy relic is paraded around the town with great ceremony in a very impressive procession re-enacting religious and historical moments. The return of the Count of Flanders is performed to commemorate the importance of the Holy Blood in Bruges' heritage. The procession is on the Unesco World Heritage list.

31 July 2020 till 9 August 2020


Each year this highly respected festival of Ancient Music – MA stands for Musica Antiqua – continues to attract the world’s top performers to Bruges and Bruges’ wood- and wetlands.

Useful Information

  • Address: Bruges & Bruges’ wet- and woodlands
  • More Info:  31th July  2020 t/m 9th augustus 2020

26 September 2020 till 28 September 2020

Kookeet (Cook-eat)

Each year, more than 100,000 people visit the Kookeet culinary festival, which this year celebrates its ninth edition. The recipe for success? For three days, top
Bruges chefs and one guest chef serve up gastronomic gems at democratic prices. The visitors can put together their own menus at their own pace. The participating Bruges chefs are all top names in their field and have one or more Michelin stars, a mention in Bib Gourmand or a high score in Gault&Millau.

Useful Information

  • Address: 't Zand square
  • More Info: 26 to 28 September 2020
  • Opening hours: 11.00 a.m.-9.00 p.m.