Christmas Traditions in Belgium

On the sixth of December Sinterklaas or Saint-Nicholas is celebrated, which is an entirely different holiday from Christmas.

Santa Claus in Belgium is called de Kerstman or le Père Noël and he does come around on Christmas day to bring children presents.

There are different cultures in Belgium, the Northern part being Vlaanderen speaking a Dutch dialect, the Southern part being Wallonie speaking a French dialect and the Eastern part speaking German.

Small family presents are given at Christmas too, under the tree, or in stockings near the fire-place, to be found in the morning. Christmas breakfast is a special sweet bread called ‘cougnou’ or ‘cougnolle’, the shape is supposed to be like baby Jesus. Families will have another big meal on Christmas day.