Here is a list of school holidays in Belgium in 2020 and 2021 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 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
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 in Belgium and Easter in Belgium, go on family holidays to some of the best places to visit in Belgium, 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 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 April –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
Belgian school holiday dates 2020–21
- Autumn break: 2 November – 8 November 2020
- Armistice: 11 November 2020
- Christmas/winter break: 21 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
- Spring/carnival break: 15 February – 21 February 2021
- Easter break: 5 April – 18 April 2021
- Labor Day: 1 May 2021
- Leave of Ascension: 13 May 2021
- Whit Monday: 24 May 2021
- Summer holiday: 1 July – 31 August 2021
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. 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 enroll your children in a 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.
Another option is daycare 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 organization 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 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. You can also find additional information on Belgian holidays in our guide to public holidays in Belgium.