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 five holidays across the year: Christmas and Easter breaks which last two weeks each, 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 one to two 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 – 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 2020
Additional holidays and days off
In addition to the standard school holidays in Belgium, there are some 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 or pupil book days. 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 in Dutch), which is usually a maximum of eight children looked after at the home of a certified childminder; or group reception (groepsopvang in Dutch), which is a larger building with several childcare providers. Information can be found on the Kind & Gezin. 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 website for ONE. 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.