Wrapped in scarves and warm winter coats, we spent a lovely evening in the medieval city turned Christmas village.
The actual marché (market) part was a bit disappointing. There was only one small square with cabins selling objects, where there were also carnival type rides (bumper cars for Christmas?), and then there was the central square where most of the cabins were selling only food and drink.
The central square also hosted an ice skating rink with a beautiful view of the city’s bell tower. FBF doesn’t like ice-skating, so instead we spent our evening wandering the city’s many charming streets.
All the already beautiful buildings became a winter wonderland transformed by garlands, lights, and Christmas trees. It was magical.
A Christmas tree at la place Burg.
Some buildings with Christmas decorations at La Grand Place.
View of the canal and the bell tower, plus lovely Christmas lights.
To top it all off, we found a small hidden courtyard decorated with giant light up swans, Bruges' symbol.
Me kissing the light-up swan.
We had a lovely dinner in the city, and after a last look at all the Christmas splendor we headed back to Lille.
I don't think that it should be #3 for the market, but instead for a romantic place to soak up the spirit of Christmas, as I was swept off my feet by the magical decorations of an already beautiful city.