Here is a list of school holidays in Belgium in 2019 and 2020 to help you plan what to do and when if you have kids in Belgian schools.
If you live or work in Belgium and have children at school, you’ll need to get those school holiday dates in the diary as soon as possible so that you can plan activities and childcare arrangements if necessary. School holidays in Belgium cross over with some public holidays (e.g. Christmas and Easter) plus there are seasonal breaks including a lengthy summer break.
School holidays in Belgium
Although Belgium is split into three different language-speaking communities – Dutch-speaking Flanders, French-speaking Wallonia and the German-speaking provinces – the school holiday calendar is the same for each. Belgian schools typically have 5 holidays across the year – Christmas and Easter breaks which last two weeks, a two-month summer break in July and August, plus a week off in spring and in autumn. There are also a few individual days off such as Whit Monday and Armistice Day.
International schools in Belgium generally follow the same school holiday dates as other schools, although summer holidays in some international schools start and end 1-2 weeks earlier than the general holiday dates. Check with your child’s school for full details.
Belgian families typically use school holidays in Belgium as a time to get together and celebrate festive holidays such as Christmas and Easter, go on family holidays or day trips, or plan activities for kids. Some important public holidays and celebrations usually fall in school holidays, such as Belgian Independence Day in July and the annual Belgian carnival before lent which occurs during the spring break.
Belgian school holiday dates 2018-19
Autumn break: 29 October – 4 November 2018
Armistice: 11 November 2018
Christmas/winter break: 24 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Spring/carnival break: 4 – 10 March 2019
Easter break: 8 – 22 April 2019
Labor Day: 1 May 2019
Leave of Ascension: 30 May 2019
Whit Monday: 10 June 2019
Summer holiday: 1 July to 31 August 2019
Belgian school holiday dates 2019-20
Autumn break: 28 October – 3 November 2019
Armistice: 11 November 2019
Christmas/winter break: 23 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
Spring/festival break: 24 February – 1 March 2020
Easter break: 6 – 19 April 2020
Labor Day: 1 May 2020
Leave of Ascension: 21 May 2020
Whit Monday: 1 June 2020
Summer holidays: 1 July – 31 August
Additional holidays and days off
As well as the standard school holidays in Belgium, there are a few additional days throughout the year when there will be no school. These are mostly due to teacher training/professional development, plus there may be individual school days off, pupil “book days”, etc. These tend to vary between schools so you will need to inquire with your child’s school for details. Many Belgian schools also publish yearly calendars on their websites.
Childcare during Belgian school holidays
If you are working during school holidays, you may need to make childcare arrangements. One option during the summer holidays is to enrol your children in a summer school or summer camp. There are a number of such camps in Belgium including language schools, sports camps and adventure camps that are popular with expat children.
Another option is day care for school children. In Flanders, you can choose between family daycare (gezinsopvang), which is usually a maximum of 8 children looked after at the home of a certified childminder; or group reception (groepsopvang), which is a larger building with several childcare providers. Information can be found on the Kind & Gezin website. In Wallonia, there are holiday centers (Centres de Vacances) that offer a range of activities. You can search for suitable activities and centers on the ONE website. Another useful resource is La Ligue des Familles, a membership organisation that offers a range of holiday activities and opportunities for children aged 3 and above. Le Kid is a similar site where you can search for activities in the Brussels area.
Prices and availability for activities varies so it’s advisable to make enquiries at the earliest opportunity and find out if any discounts are available. It’s also worth asking at your child’s school to see if there is any school-related provision or if they have information on other childcare options.
You can find out information on school holidays in Belgium for the Flanders, Wallonia-Brussels and German-speaking regions. You can also find additional information on Belgian holidays in our guide to public holidays in Belgium.