Children's Education

School holidays in Belgium: 2023 and 2024

Do you have children in Belgium? Here is a list of school holidays in Belgium in 2023 and 2024 plus information on different holiday childcare options for working parents.

Belgium school holiday

Updated 19-4-2024

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 cross over with some public holidays in Belgium (e.g., Christmas and Easter), plus there are seasonal breaks including a lengthy summer break.

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School holidays in Belgium

Belgium is split into three different language-speaking communities:

  • Dutch-speaking Flanders
  • French-speaking Wallonia
  • German-speaking eastern Wallonia

The Dutch-speaking and German-speaking communities share the same school holidays, however, the French-speaking community has different dates.

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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 Easter or Christmas, to go on family holidays, or to plan activities for kids. Some important public holidays and celebrations usually fall on school holidays, such as Belgian National Day in July and the annual carnival before Lent, which occurs during the spring break.

Belgian school holiday dates 2023–2024

HolidayFlanders datesWallonia datesEastern Wallonia dates
First day of school1 September 202328 August 20231 September 2023
Autumn holidays30 October – 3 November 202323 October – 3 November 202330 October – 3 November 2023
Christmas holidays25 December 2023 – 5 January 202425 December 2023 – 5 January 202425 December 2023 – 5 January 2024
Carnival holidays12–16 February 202426 February – 8 March 202412–16 February 2024
Easter holidays1–12 April 202429 April – 10 May 20241–12 April 2024
Summer holidays1 July – 31 August 20246 July – 23 August 20241 July – 31 August 2024

Belgian school holiday dates 2024–2025

HolidayFlanders datesWallonia datesEastern Wallonia dates
First day of school2 September 202426 August 20242 September 2024
Autumn holidays28 October – 1 November 202421 October – 1 November 202428 October – 1 November 2024
Christmas holidays23 December 2024 – 3 January 202523 December 2024 – 3 January 202523 December 2024 – 3 January 2025
Carnival holidays3–7 March 202524 February – 7 March 20253–7 March 2025
Easter holidays7–21 April 202528 April – 9 May 20257–21 April 2025
Summer holidays1 July – 31 August 20255 July – 22 August 20251 July – 31 August 2025

All dates subject to change

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.

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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. You have several options:

  • Flanders – daycare for school children: 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 website.
  • Wallonia – Holiday centers (Centres de Vacances): You can search for suitable activities and centers on the website for ONE. Another useful resource is La Ligue des Familles, a membership organization that offers a range of holiday activities and opportunities for children aged 3 and above.
  • Summer camp in Belgium: There are a number of such camps in Belgium including language schools, sports camps and adventure camps that are popular with expat children.

Prices and availability for activities vary, so it’s advisable to make inquiries at the earliest opportunity and find out if any discounts are available. Ask your child’s school to see if any school-related provisions exist.

You can find out information on school holidays in Belgium for the Flanders, Wallonia-Brussels, and German-speaking regions.