Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year by the sea

Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year by the sea is a unique experience. The holidays create a wonderfully warm atmosphere over the North Sea, Ostend, the beach and the shopping streets.

During the Christmas holidays, enjoy the fireworks over the sea with your family, relatives and friends, the unique Christmas lights... You can skate in the park, hug Santa Claus, visit an exhibition and so much more.

Fireworks on New Year

The end-of-year fireworks are a good tradition in Ostend. Thousands of people celebrate the transition from old to new at midnight with the enchanting light show. The unique reflection in the North Sea is incomparable to any city of Ostend. Come to the Groot Strand near midnight on New Year's Eve, near the Ostend Casino. Enjoy the enchanting colors, loud bangs and falling stars. Top fireworks every year. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Happy New Year!!!

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Super cozy Christmas market

Ostend has a super cozy Christmas market. That is what the tenants are experiencing The apartment en The Loft every year. The cosiest square in Ostend is bathed in Christmas atmosphere. Order your glühwein or jenever, your bratwurst or smoutebollen. Immerse yourself in the Christmas animation and adapted music program. The Christmas market is surrounded by more than 150 illuminated Christmas trees. And do you think that Santa Claus should not be missing at your cozy Christmas party? Then why don't you just look him up? From December 2 to January 8, the good old man lives in his House of Santa Claus on the Weapons Square in Ostend. Give him our regards 😉

activities not to be missed during the Christmas holidays

It is also fantastic to spend time by the sea in winter. Ostend is in a festive mood during the Christmas holidays. Plenty of reasons to book a holiday in Ostend for Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year. Choose the tranquility on the beach… or one of these 3 activities.

1. Winter in the park
In the middle of a pleasantly lit Leopold Park, visitors can skate on the pond surrounded by more than 50 wooden chalets with typical Christmas items. The skating rink will be covered for the first time this year, so that you can enjoy yourself on the ice in all weather conditions! Daily animations and activities for children during the Christmas holidays complete this ultimate winter experience. From Friday 2 Dec 2022 to Sunday 8 Jan 2023
2. New Year's dive
The New Year's Dive is not just for fools or warm-blooded. Every year thousands of revelers and polar bears splash into the North Sea. "Just because it's fun to start the new year like this." Expect a mass warming on the beach, hot drinks and snacks, a crazy dress-up party and yes… a refreshing dip in the sea. Spectators are also welcome! The New Year's Dive will take place on January 7 at 15 p.m. on the beach of Ostend in front of the "Drie Gapers", near the bronze equestrian statue of Leopold II on the Royal Galleries
3.Expo James Ensor
We recommend the Ensor exhibition for those who like it warmer. The man who lived, worked and is buried in Ostend now presents 36 drawings. Museums, collectors and enthusiasts worldwide are interested in the groundbreaking art of James Ensor. These drawings show another side of the master. Until January 15 in the Ensor House: Scenes from the life of Christ

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Snow in Ostend?

Will you see the beach under a layer of snow during the Christmas holidays? A snowman with a view of the sea? Need three scarves? Or a surprisingly warm winter sun? Check the weather forecast here.

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