Antwerp Christmas market on the Grote Markt

Why I Love Antwerp Christmas Market

In Belgium, Europe by Jurga6 CommentsTHIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS

Christmas markets are very popular in Belgium. But which one do you choose? They all have something similar and something unique. Antwerp Christmas Market is one of my favourites in Belgium, mainly because of its most spectacular setting. Find out!

Antwerp Christmas Market

Antwerp Christmas market is spread over different squares in the historic city centre which makes it very cozy. Everything is within short walking distance: The Grote Markt, Suikerrui, Handschoenmarkt, the Groenplaats, and Steenplein at the foot of Antwerp Steen castle.

The Christmas market in Antwerp is an annual event, and it’s usually open from the first weekend of December till just after Christmas, but this year it will stay open till after New Year, just as most other Christmas markets in Belgium. This year Antwerp Christmas market will be open from Saturday 8 December 2018 until Sunday 6 January 2019.

Grote Markt buildings lit at night during Antwerp Christmas market

The Grote Markt Antwerp

Christmas Market on the Grote Markt in Antwerp

Christmas Market on the Grote Markt in Antwerp

Antwerp Steen castle lit at night during annual Christmas market, Belgium

Het Steen Castle in Antwerp

Belgian Waffles for sale at Antwerp Christmas market

Belgian Waffles for sale at a Christmas market


What to expect when visiting Antwerp Christmas market

Antwerp Christmas market has over 100 market stalls. The atmosphere is great and even if you don’t buy anything, you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of glühwein, taste some Belgian waffles and smoutebollen, or go ice skating.

Antwerp Belgium Christmas market ice skating rink

Ice skating rink in Groenplaats Antwerp


You can easily visit Antwerp Christmas market with children as there is plenty to do for everyone. A fair with a Ferris Wheel and some children’s rides is located at the Scheldt river next to the castle. The ice skating rink can be found on the Groenplaats (location varies). There are plenty of other family friendly activities in the city to keep you entertained during the day as well (zoo, aquarium, museums,..).

Antwerp Ferris Wheel and Christmas market lit at night

Antwerp Ferris Wheel and Christmas market


If you are looking for a short winter getaway in Europe, Antwerp is a great choice. It has plenty to offer for young and old. Antwerp is the home base of Rubens, the world diamond centre, it also provides some of the best shopping in Belgium. Furthermore, there are lots of wining and dining options for any budget, all in a beautiful historical setting. Add the warm Christmas atmosphere and you cannot go wrong with visiting Antwerp in December.

If you can, plan on spending a weekend in Antwerp and stay for at least one or two nights. That way you can experience more that this great city has to offer. For some more ideas check this post – Best things to see and do in Antwerp. Here you can find the best deals for Antwerp accommodation.

Kids at the Grote Markt in Antwerp in winter

Greetings from Antwerp


If you enjoyed reading this post, please share it and pin this image!

Antwerp Christmas market in Belgium

You May Also Like


  1. Hi, have the dates for 2017/2018 Market been announced as of yet? It looks beautiful!

    1. Author

      Hi Pam, the dates for the Antwerp Christmtmarket this year are as follows: from Saturday 9 December 2017 till Sunday 7 January 2018. Plenty of time to enjoy it! ?

  2. Very tempted to jump on a plane now! After visiting Brussels last month, I can’t get enough of Belgium!

    1. Author

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Tilly. It’s at the moments like this that I realise that we take so many things for granted. Like the fact that we have such beautiful places like Antwerp, Brussels or Bruges nearby, or that we can go to Amsterdam or Paris for a weekend whenever we feel like… It’s good to be reminded how special it actually is and what a privilege it is to live here in Europe.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.