5 Travel Ideas for a Fairytale Christmas in Europe

Bruges, Belgium

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enchanting city in Europe than Bruges, with its fairy-like canals, buildings that look like they’ve been made of gingerbread, and elegant horse-drawn carriages that come straight out of a story book to clip-clop down the medieval cobblestone streets.

Around Christmas, Grote Markt, the city’s main square, converts into a magical realm trimmed with twinkling lights, a fabulous ice rink, and charming wooden chalets filled with souvenirs, festive ornaments, and Belgian chocolate.

Bruges Ice Sculpture Festival, already in its 15th edition, adds to the town’s magical atmosphere during this time of year.