If you’re thinking about escaping the hustle and bustle of home for a festive break, why not consider taking Christmas holidays by train? On this kind of trip you can explore the colourful Belgian Christmas markets, which offer a fantastic range of delicious food and fabulous gifts for friends and family.
One of the best things about this type of break is that you’ll be able to get away from all the stress that inevitably surrounds the Christmas season. Rather than jam-packed shops and long queues in heaving cities, you will be able to enjoy picturesque markets and a happy atmosphere.
And by taking escorted rail holidays, you’ll find that you can relax from the moment you set off. Your tour operator will sort out all the details of your journey, such as connections, meaning you do not need to worry about a thing. So, you can simply board the train and relax all the way to your destination, arriving refreshed and raring to see and sample the local fare!
Belgian Christmas markets are known for their fantastic food and you’ll find this is the case no matter which you visit. From speciality beers and chocolates to delicious soft, sweet waffles, you’ll find there is something to tickle the taste buds of everyone in your party.
So, where are the best places to visit for Christmas markets? The country is home to markets of all sizes, from small affairs with just 30 stalls to sprawling events coming closer to 200 vendors. If you’re eager to visit somewhere a little more intimate, why not head to Bruges?
This beautiful destination is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North – a title it owes to its canal network. The Christmas market here is gorgeous, lit with fairy lights and filled with the aromatic scent of mulled wine.
Here you will be able to peruse around 30 traditional stalls, selling enchanting Christmas gifts and delicious food. Indeed, sampling some of the local delicacies is an absolute must during your trip – and you’ll find that there is something to suit all tastes.
And once you have recharged with some of the speciality foods on offer, why not have a go on the seasonal ice rink? Little ones could find this especially exciting – but adults are sure to love it too!
If you’re eager to see a little more of Brussels during your trip, you’ll find that there is plenty of beautiful architecture to be seen, while you can also continue your gastronomic odyssey in one of the many local restaurants.
At the other end of the scale, you can travel to the Christmas market at Liege, which is the biggest in the country. Comprised of around 180 stalls, here you’ll have the chance to explore incredible food and fantastic presents to your heart’s content. The market here stretches between the Place Saint-Lambert and the Place du Marche – and you’re likely to find you could spend all day perusing the pretty wooden cabins!
Alongside the impressive market is the city’s lively nightlife – something that those keen to let their hair down a little on their festive break may be particularly eager to experience. There is a great selection of pubs and bars open until the early hours, so don’t forget to check them out if you have the chance.
Brussels also offers an excellent Christmas market and you’ll find that you can continue sampling the country’s wonderful cuisine here. This location is perhaps a special treat for beer lovers, who will be able to taste brews here that they will not find anywhere else.
Those with something of a sweet tooth might prefer to try some Belgian waffles or traditional chocolates during their trip.
And while you’re there, why not visit the impressive Grand Place or explore one of the city’s intriguing museums? There is even one dedicated to the nation’s comics.
Christmas rail breaks provide wonderfully relaxing and fun festive holidays, whether you’re travelling with friends, family or your partner. And by visiting Belgium’s Christmas markets, you will get to experience a wonderful seasonal atmosphere as well as taste a range of local delicacies. Meanwhile, you may well find you get much of your Christmas shopping done too!