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Ostend & Christmas Markets

 

Ostend Christmas Market
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Stay in charming Ostend and explore the Christmas markets here
    • Explore the festive markets in Lille, Brussels and Bruges
    • Discover beautiful Belgian and French cities during your break
    • Take in the wonderful atmospheres at these superb markets

    Enjoy an amazing holiday to Ostend, staying at the Hotel Royal Astrid and making the most of a great stay. We’ll get to explore the fantastic Ostend Christmas markets, as well as making our way to the festive markets in Lille, Brussels and Bruges to explore Belgium and nearby France. Read More

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    • Great for - Christmas
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Shopping


    Brussels Christmas Market
      
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    We’ll begin our break with an exciting day out to nearby Lille in Northern France, where we’ll find a magical winter wonderland, complete with beautiful decorations and over 80 wooden chalet-style stalls to peruse. Father Christmas may even be there! This historical city comes to life at this time of year, and we’ll be able to buy Christmas presents and treat ourselves to some wonderful souvenirs. 

    The next day, we’ll have free time in Ostend to make the most of. Explore the pretty markets here, and take in the delicious scents of traditional Belgian delicacies and mulled wine. Later in the day, we’ll enjoy lunch in place of dinner before we head to Brussels, where we’ll find one of Belgium’s most spectacular Christmas markets. Held on the beautiful Grand Place square, there will be hundreds of stalls to explore, each selling a range of tasty treats and handcrafted items. 

    Our next excursion will take us to beautiful Bruges, famous for its medieval architecture, where we’ll get to spend time at the pretty Christmas market. Spend time discovering this charming city, enjoy some Christmas shopping and soak up the festive atmosphere here!
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Hotel

    YOUR HOTEL


    Royal Astrid Hotel

    • Royal Astrid Hotel
    • Royal Astrid Hotel
    The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks. The cosy bar with fireplace is the perfect place to unwind with a drink in the evening.
    • All bedrooms have private facilities, including hairdryer, cable TV, phone and safe
    • Lounge
    • Mozart restaurant serving buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner
    • Bar
    • Indoor pool, sauna and steam room
    • Lift access
    • Official three-star rating

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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Brussels Christmas Market
    Full Day Brussels Christmas Market

    Situated on the Place St. Catherine, Brussel's Christmas Market offers an array of products in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

    Bruges
    Full Day: Bruges Christmas Market

    Bruges becomes the ultimate Christmas destination in the winter months, when a light dusting of snow and the city’s cobbled streets transform it into a beautifully quaint location. Enjoy some Christmas shopping at the fantastic Bruges Christmas Market, with its fairy-tale winter chalets, sparkling lights and festive decor making it a charming option.

    We’ll be able to buy everything from traditional toys for children to handmade jewellery and delicious chocolate treats, and there will also be an assortment of hot beverages to warm ourselves with. Afterwards, consider going ice skating on the rink, or take a horse and cart ride at leisure.

    Grand Place, Lille
    Full Day: Lille Christmas Market
    The Lille Christmas Market is always an exciting excursion, as the city of Lille is bedecked in Christmas decor and winter scenery at this time of year. With twinkling lights and festive wreaths, the market square will become home to a winter wonderland, complete with chalets serving delicious hot drinks and snacks, as well as stalls offering handmade wares. There will be all kinds of presents available to buy, with everything from gifts for children to trinkets that would be absolutely ideal for loved ones. There’s also a big wheel we can take rides on in order to enjoy excellent views over the city.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Bruges
    Bruges Guided Walking Tour
    Bruges is a fascinating city, and we’ll be able to enjoy a guided walking tour of the city while we’re there. This will provide us with more information about the city, as well as showing us some of the most famous attractions and landmarks.
    Brussels
    Brussels Guided Coach Tour

    Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is an excellent city filled with stunning scenery and architecture and, while visiting to see the Brussels Christmas Market, we’ll be given the option of enjoying a guided coach tour.

    This will take us past some of the many well-known attractions in the city, such as its historic centre, the Gothic town hall and the beautiful Museum of the City of Brussels. These, as well as many other attractions, will be the talking point for the tour, which will guide us through the city’s history.

    The Belfort tower, Sluis
    Half Day: Sluis

    Sluis, with its quaint atmosphere and typically Dutch style, is a wonderful place to visit. We’ll travel to this town in the Netherlands on an optional excursion, and will have a few hours to explore its attractions. These include an eye-catching Gothic belfry and a stone mill.

 


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What's included

  • Coach Travel
  • Four nights half board accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Three included excursions
  • Three optional excursions
Royal Astrid Hotel

Royal Astrid Hotel

The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks.

Learn more about the hotel

Royal Astrid Hotel

  • Royal Astrid Hotel
  • Royal Astrid Hotel
The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks. The cosy bar with fireplace is the perfect place to unwind with a drink in the evening.
  • All bedrooms have private facilities, including hairdryer, cable TV, phone and safe
  • Lounge
  • Mozart restaurant serving buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner
  • Bar
  • Indoor pool, sauna and steam room
  • Lift access
  • Official three-star rating

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  • British Travel Awards
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