From 2nd December 2023 to 7th January 2024
If you are into art, cosiness, shopping, ice skating, Santa Claus, Christmas presents and/or delicious food, you should definitely pay a visit to Ostend this winter. Christmas is the perfect time to take a trip to Belgium and explore the City by The Sea. Ostend doesn't have one but two (!) cosy Christmas Markets. Another eye-catcher during the ‘Winter in Ostend’ event is an illuminated tunnel in the Adolf Buylstraat shopping street. This tunnel will be covering the entire street for a distance of 188 meters with a breath-taking canopy consisting of 232,500 lights!
All those who have really become fed up with the dark and gloomy winter months should come down to Ostend to enjoy the heart-warming lights. The entire city will then be decorated in Christmas lights and the city centre streets will be livened up with Christmas animations. A number of iconic locations including the sailing ship Mercator will also be put in the (proverbial) spotlight.
And why not combine your visit to the city with a search for the ideal Christmas gift? Those who still need inspiration to find the right present should definitely check out the inspiration magazine featuring more than 100 Ostend gift ideas. And the biggest advantage of shopping in Ostend is the fact that shops are also open on Sundays and bank holidays! Moreover, your presents will be packaged in the special Ostend Christmas gift wrapping.
Best hotel deals for Christmas
C-Hotels Andromeda ★★★★
The Christmas market is 400 m away
110 m² swimming pool, spa bath and fitness area
Hotel Botteltje ★★★
The Christmas market is 100 m away
Private parking available
The Christmas market is 300 m away
Beachfront accommodation 80 m from the beach
Christmas in Ostende
Top things to do
for Christmas in Ostend
Spectacular Light Tunnel
One of the eye-catchers during the ‘Winter in Ostend’ event is an illuminated tunnel in the Adolf Buylstraat shopping street. This tunnel covers the entire street for a distance of 188 meters with a breath-taking canopy consisting of 232,500 lights!
This winter, more than 80 shopkeepers will be packaging your Christmas shopping in a unique Ostend gift wrapping paper!
Ice Skating on a Pond
Ostend’s latest event, “Winter in the Park”, focuses on re-creating the good old-fashioned ice skating experience. Each winter, ice skating fanatics await the moment they are allowed to practise their skills on a frozen lake or canal. Those who do not want to wait, however, should definitely come to Ostend. For 38 days, the City by the Sea will be turning the pond in the cosily decorated Leopold Park into an ice skating rink. After a few rounds on the ice, you will be able to stroll along the many stalls set up around the pond selling Christmas articles.
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