Where to Stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets: 5 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about staying in Brussels for first-timers (I will put the links to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets.

I will provide you with a list of what I believe are the best areas to stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets, along with a helpful map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Brussels and recommend some of the best hotels in Brussels for Christmas Markets for all budgets.

Brussels, Belgian capital, has a variety of Christmas markets. Some of the best Christmas Markets in Brussels in 2023 include:

  • Christmas Market at Grand Place
  • Christmas Market at Rue de la Bourse
  • Christmas Market at Place Sainte-Catherine
  • Christmas Market at Marché aux Poissons
  • Christmas Market at Place de la Monnaie

Brussels Christmas markets start from 24 November 2023 to 31 December 2023. The city typically transforms into a winter wonderland with festive decorations, twinkling lights, and a variety of stalls selling gifts, food, and drinks.

Don’t miss out on trying some traditional Belgian treats like waffles, hot chocolate, and Belgian fries. You can also sample local beers and mulled wine (vin chaud) to keep warm.

Brussels’ Christmas markets offer a great selection of unique gifts, handmade crafts, and festive decorations. It’s a fantastic place to shop for Christmas presents.

The city is beautifully lit up during the Christmas season. You can take a stroll through the streets to admire the dazzling lights and decorations. Many of the markets have ice skating rinks, which can be a fun activity for both adults and children.

Brussels can get quite chilly in the winter, so dress warmly. Layers are key to staying comfortable as you move between the markets.

You can immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting historic sites, such as the Atomium or the Manneken Pis, and trying traditional Belgian cuisine at local restaurants.

You can reach Brussels by air, train, and bus. The city is served by the Brussels Airport (Zaventem) and Brussels South Charleroi Airport. From these airports you can take a bus/train to the city center. 

Once you’re in Brussels, you can use the city’s public transportation system, which includes trams, buses, and the metro, to reach the Christmas Markets.

Where to stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets?

The best areas to stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets are Grand Place, Saint-Gery, Central Station, Sablon, and Avenue Louise/Ixelles. These are popular tourist areas that offer plenty of accommodations for all budgets and easy access to all major markets on foot and by public transportation.

Brussels City center, which includes the area of Grand Place, Saint-Gery, and Central Station, is the most popular area in Brussels for Christmas Markets. It has the highest concentrations of markets including the ones at Grand Place, Bourse, and Place Sainte-Catherine.

Grand Place is the heart of Brussels and home to one of the most famous Christmas markets. Saint-Gery is a trendy area known for its bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Central Station is a convenient base for easy access to both train stations and major Christmas markets.

There are plenty of accommodation options in Brussels City center, so you’ll be able to pick a hotel that suits your needs and budget. 

You can also consider booking your stay in Sablon, an upscale and charming neighborhood known for its antique shops, chocolate stores, and luxury boutiques. It is also within walking distance/short metro ride from the city center.

Avenue Louise/Ixelles is located a bit further from the central area, but they offer a more local atmosphere, shopping opportunities, and upscale experience. These areas are well-connected to the city center by public transportation.

During my trip to Brussels, I stayed at the mid-range Hotel Hubert Grand Place. It has a super central location, so I was able to explore most sights on foot. It is also close to the Central Station for a direct train to the Airport. Short walk from Christmas markets on Grand Place, Bourse, and Place de la Monnaie.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Brussels for Christmas Markets. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets
Map of the best areas to stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Brussels have been carefully selected by me, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

5 Best areas to stay in Brussels for Christmas Markets 

1. Grand Place

Staying near Grand Place (Grote Markt) is an excellent choice if you want to be at the center of the Christmas festivities in Brussels. You’ll also be close to major attractions, such as the Manneken Pis, museums, and numerous restaurants and cafes.

Grand Place hosts one of the most iconic Christmas markets in Brussels. Staying in this area means you’ll be just steps away from the festive stalls, beautiful decorations, and the dazzling Christmas tree.

Grand Place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its historic architecture adds to the magical atmosphere of the holiday season.

This area is also well-connected to public transportation, making it easy to explore other parts of Brussels and visit additional Christmas markets in the city.

In addition to the Christmas market, you’ll have easy access to some of Brussels’ top cultural attractions, like the Town Hall and the King’s House, which are especially beautiful during the holiday season.

You’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants in the vicinity, offering a wide range of dining and shopping options for you to enjoy.

The Grand Place area is particularly magical in the evening when all the lights are aglow, and you can enjoy a warm beverage or a delicious Belgian chocolate while taking in the festive surroundings.

Keep in mind that the Grand Place area can be quite popular during the Christmas season, so it’s advisable to book your accommodation well in advance to have the best deals.

Best places to stay near Brussels Grand Place for Christmas Markets:

  • Luxury ($$$): Radisson Collection Grand Place Brussels, this is one of the top 5-star hotels in Brussels, centrally located in the historic center, within easy walk from major sights such as  Grand Place, Rue Neuve shopping street, Place de la Monnaie, and Central Station.
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel Hubert Grand Place, great 4-star hotel in central Brussels, within walking distance from numerous Christmas markets in the city center, easy access to important landmarks such as the Museum of the City of Brussels, Grand Place, and Brussels City Hall. 
  • Budget ($): Apartment Chez Esmara et Philippe, great 3-star self-catering accommodation, conveniently  located a short walk from Rue Neuve, the main shopping street in Brussels. Close to De Brouckere metro station for services to the European District, and the city’s main train stations including the Central Station, South Station, and North Station.  
  • Hostel ($): 2GO4 Quality Hostel Brussels Grand Place, popular backpacker in the heart of Brussels City Center, easy access to public transportation, major attractions and christmas markets including the ones at the Grand Palace and Rue de la Bourse.

2. Saint-Gery

Saint-Gery is a central area in Brussels within a short walk from the iconic Grand Palace. It is a great area in Brussels to book your accommodation if you want a vibrant nightlife and easy access to major Christmas markets such as the ones at Place Sainte-Catherine and Marché aux Poissons.

Saint-Gery is a lively neighborhood, especially in the evenings. You’ll find a variety of bars, restaurants, and clubs where you can enjoy the Brussels nightlife during the Christmas season.

This area offers a wide range of culinary experiences, from trendy cafes to international restaurants. You can indulge in diverse foods and drinks, making it a great place to explore different tastes during the holidays.

Saint-Gery is home to art galleries and boutique shops, making it an ideal destination for art enthusiasts and shoppers looking for unique gifts and souvenirs.

Saint-Gery often attracts a younger and more creative crowd, so if you’re looking for a festive atmosphere with a bit of an edge, this area might be perfect for you.

Best places to stay in Brussels in Saint-Gery for Christmas Markets:

  • Luxury ($$$): Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo, 5-star hotel located within a few mins walk from Halles Saint-Géry, It has 24-hour front desk and private parking for those who drive.
  • Mid-range ($$): Novotel Brussels City Centre, popular 4-star hotel in the heart of Brussels, easy access to a metro station, and a short walk from several Christmas markets. It has Very good breakfast and an indoor swimming pool.
  • Budget ($): Aparthotel Adagio Brussels Grand Place, 3-star accommodation, located right next to De Brouckere Metro Station, a short walk from the Christmas markets at Place Sainte-Catherine and Place de la Monnaie. Also close to Manneken Pis Statue and the Belgian Centre for Comic Strip Art.

3. Brussel Central Station (Gare Centrale)

Brussels Central Station (Gare Centrale) is a convenient and practical choice to stay in Brussels during the Christmas season. It is located just a short distance west of the Grand Palace and is best suited for those who want to have easy access to the city’s transportation network and various Christmas markets. 

Brussels Central Station is a major transportation hub, making it an excellent base to explore other parts of Brussels or take day trips to other cities such as  Bruges, Antwerp, or Ghent. 

While the Grand Place Christmas market is within walking distance, you can also easily reach other markets throughout Brussels using the well-connected public transportation network. This gives you the flexibility to explore a variety of holiday experiences.

The station is also close to several cultural attractions, such as the Royal Palace and the Mont des Arts, which may have their own holiday displays and events during the Christmas season.

Best places to stay in Brussel Central Station for Christmas Markets:

  • Mid-range ($$): Pillows City Hotel Brussels Centre, great 4-star hotel located within a short walk from the Central Station, Parc de Bruxelles, and the St Michael & St Gudule Cathedral. It has Fabulous breakfast, on-site restaurant and bar, and private parking.
  • Budget ($): 9Hotel Central, 3-star hotel located in the central area of Brussels, easy walk from the Central Train Station, the Royal Square and the Manneken Pis Statue. It has comfortable family rooms and daily buffet breakfast. You can find many restaurants and cafes nearby serving Belgian and international dishes.
  • Budget ($): Hotel Agora Brussels Grand Place, great 3-star hotel near Central Station, located a short walk from The King’s House in the Grand Place, Saint-Hubert Galleries, and the Mont des Arts. And of course its central location offers easy access to all Brussels Christmas markets.

4. Sablon 

Sablon is a great base in Brussels for those who appreciate art, antiques, and gourmet delights. Sablon is home to some of the best chocolatiers in Brussels. You can indulge in delicious Belgian chocolates and enjoy coffee or hot chocolate at the charming cafes in the area.

Sablon is famous for its art galleries and antique shops. You can browse through beautiful art pieces and vintage items, adding a touch of sophistication to your holiday shopping.

The neighborhood exudes historic charm, with beautiful squares, cobbled streets, and picturesque architecture. The holiday decorations add an extra layer of magic to this already enchanting area.

Sablon tends to be quieter and less crowded than some other parts of Brussels, making it a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city during the Christmas season.

While in this area, you can explore the Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon, Grand Sablon, and Petit Sablon. You’ll also be close to cultural attractions like the Magritte Museum and the Royal Palace.

Best places to stay in Brussels in Sablon for Christmas Markets:

  • Luxury ($$$): 9Hotel Sablon, 4-star hotel set in a quiet location close to Grand Place and the Manneken Pis Statue. It has a 24-hour front desk, an indoor swimming pool, and family rooms.
  • Mid-range ($$): NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon, 4-star accommodation, located in the Grand Sablon Square, 5 mins walk from Magritte Museum and Central Railway Station. Easy access to public transportation and the Christmas market in the city center.
  • Budget ($): Les Chambres de Martin, great accommodation located in the heart of Sablon, a short distance from Notre-Dame du Sablon, Magritte Museum, Palais de Justice. It offers Family rooms, 24-hour front desk, and heating system.

5. Avenue Louise/ Ixelles

Avenue Louise is known for its upscale boutiques, fashion stores, fine dining, and luxurious hotels. If you prefer a more residential and sophisticated ambiance, this area may be a good fit.

Avenue Louise is well-connected to public transportation, allowing you to reach various Christmas markets throughout Brussels conveniently.

Ixelles has several beautiful parks, including Ixelles Ponds and Flagey Park, where you can relax and enjoy outdoor activities. 

Flagey is a popular square in Ixelles known for its iconic Art Deco building, which houses cultural institutions and a vibrant market on weekends. It is a hub for music, arts, and entertainment.

Best places to stay in Brussels in Avenue Louise for Christmas Markets:

  • Luxury ($$$): Steigenberger Icon Wiltcher’s, 5-star hotel located on the famous shopping street of Avenue Louise. 20 mins walk from the city center and its christmas market. Also close to Place Royale, Coudenberg and Egmont Palace.
  • Mid-range ($$): Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie, 4-star hotel, conveniently located in Avenue Louise. Easy access to Louise Metro Station, Horta Museum, Place Luxembourg and European Parliament. It features Fabulous breakfast and family rooms.
  • Budget ($): Beverly Hills Hotel, popular 3-star hotel located in trendy Elsene / Ixelles neighborhood, an easy walk from Avenue Louise, Place Stephanie, and Avenue Toison d’O. CLose to Louise metro station and tram 93 and 94 for easy access to the city center with its major christmas markets.

In conclusion, Grand Place, Saint-Gery, Brussel Central Station, Sablon, and Avenue Louise/Ixelles are the best places to stay in Brussels for Christmas markets. These areas offer many choices of accommodations and easy access to all markets on foot and by using public transportation.

If you are traveling to Brussels for the first time, you can continue reading this article: Safest areas to stay in Brussels for first-time visitors.

I hope you enjoyed my article and find it informative and helpful. If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Your feedback is invaluable and helps me continue to create more quality travel guides.

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