Bruges Ice Sculpture Festival

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The Bruges Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was a great way to spend a weekend in Bruges before or after the festive season! However, for energy-saving reasons, Bruges city council has decided not to allow an ice rink or its traditional ice sculpture festival, putting an end to two of its winter traditions.

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Flickr – Den Flater

Artists from all over the world create superb statues from ice and snow, inspired in particular by Disney accounts (this year’s focus is on The Snow Queen ). In fact, some 30 professional sculptors from 12 different countries will come together for this event and sculpt over 50 statues.

festival sculpture glace bruges

Flickr – Den Flater

The sculptures are very beautiful and detailed. There’s even an ice castle you can climb, after which an ice slide takes you back to the ground. If you’re thirsty, you can have a drink at the Ice Bar. Wear warm clothes, as it’s quite cold inside (plus or minus 6 degrees). The festival is located on the Place de la Gare and is therefore easily accessible (think train). Tickets are €15 for an adult (discounts for groups, children, etc… Under-3s are free).

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Flickr – Sam Nimitz

While you’re here, you can also visit the Christmas Market. Bruges doesn’t have a huge one, but it’s very inviting. Next door, there’s an ice rink on the Place du Marché, just opposite the town hall. There’s also a second, smaller market on Place Simon Stevin. The smell of hot chocolate and food is irresistible. The Christmas markets are open until December 31.

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Flickr – Sam Nimitz

Information about the Bruges Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival 2013:

Address: Place de la Gare – 8000 Bruges

Admission price per person displayed at the cash desk:

– Children aged 4 to 11: €11.00

– Groups of less than 20 people: €9.00

– Students & seniors aged 60 and over: €13.00

– Groups over 20: €11.00

– Disabled and accompanying adults: €13.00

– Adults: €15.00

– Groups of over 20 adults: €13.00

Free access for children under 3.

You can also book online on this site (€1.5 extra): Bruges Festival