2016 UPDATE: It’s not in Bruges this year but in Hasselt:
Ice Magic Hasselt: November 19 – 8 January 2017
From Hasselt to Antarctica… the coldest place on earth!
The theme is Antarctica, the coldest place on earth. It features the adventures of Adrien de Gerlache, who went there 120 years ago on the ship Belgica. They were trapped in ice as they tried to sail across the Antarctic Circle, and for 11 months the crew tried in vain to liberate the hapless vessel. Details on the website link above.
It’s December, so it must be time for the annual Snow & Ice Festival in Bruges. This year it’s based on the latest Disney movie ‘Frozen’. This remarkable exhibition never fails to impress, with its incredible ice sculptures, this time of the kingdom that is trapped in eternal winter thanks to the spell of Elsa, the Snow Queen. You’ll be able to spot mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven, Olaf the snowman, and a host of mystical creatures in huge scenes. Warm clothing is definitely recommended (the temperature is constant -6°C!). But afterwards you can enjoy a hot drink in the ice bar. The Snow & Ice Festival is open every day until January 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., including Christmas Day and New Years’ Day. Entrance fees on their website.