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.
The Cactus Festival takes place in the Minnewaterpark. This festival hosts rock, reggae, dance and world music. This electric outdoor concert is a multicultural treat for all senses: Hear, see and feel the world.
Already since 1964, the Flanders Festival Bruges, also called “MA festival”, wants to be a guiding, critical and contemporary festival, specialized in early music. It constantly searches for new developments and launches new developments through creation, presentation. Held at venues throughout the city, watch out for the many free concerts which pepper the festival's programme.
Every year the festival Klinkers is being closed off in style by “Benenwerk – Ballroom Brugeoise.” It transforms Bruges into one giant ballroom with 10 stages for Foxtrot, Tango, Zumba, Bollywood, Hip Hop, … This free dance festival is the biggest dance event in Flanders.
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 Christmas event, which is guaranteed to provide fresh ideas and inspiration for the floral enthusiast.
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.
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