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Enchant yourself in Bruges this Winter! (Belgium - aka The Venice of the North)

by Lauren 7. November 2012 15:57

It’s that time of year where the temperature begins to dip into the lows and the holiday spirit is around the corner. A perfect way to get you into the Spirit is to make your way to the beautiful city of Bruges, Belgium. Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North". The perfect time to visit will be between the end of November through early January, the streets will be filled with holiday spirit and plenty of festivals to attend!

One of the most exciting festivals to attend is the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges, Belgium. The traditional Ice sculpture festival will be held from the 23rd of November 2012 to the 6th of January 2013. 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.
Be prepared to walk into a whimsical ice world this year because Bruges is proud to announce a world first: its own unique interpretation of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit!  The Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival will take you to a cool and fantasy world full of emotions and adventures. The ice palace is kept at a constant minus 6 degrees centigrade so make sure you bundle up for this unique festival! 
During the same time Bruges will also be having it Christmas Market which is from November 25th 2012- the 3rd of January 2013. 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. Colorful lights illuminate festive stalls crammed with Christmas goodies.

From the 23rd of November until the 2nd of December 2012 there will also be the Magical Winter Moments Christmas Happening which was 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.
If this sounds like the perfect Holiday destination then we are right there with you! Bruges is next on our list of gorgeous cities to visit this season! Nothing quite compares to the beautiful canals and holiday spirited streets especially with so many festivals to attend! So come and join us for a magical winter in Bruges, just make sure you have your Passport ready with Continental Passports!

Bon Voyage! 

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