<p>Winter in Antwerp is the ultimate winter holiday and so much more! Between 10 December and 8 January, the entire city centre is enveloped in a cosy atmosphere on squares and shopping streets, with the christmas market, an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises. Book your stay now!</p>
The most enjoyable and most surprising winter holiday destination this year is Antwerp. It may not have any mountains, but it ticks all the other boxes for a successful winter holiday. In fact, Winter in Antwerp is a unique experience: the locals enjoy a wonderful staycation, while visitors come for an unusual and unforgettable vacation in the heart of the city.
During Winter in Antwerp, you cannot possibly fit everything in one day. Book your hotel or B&B in advance and enjoy the culinary delights at one of Antwerp’s many top restaurants. Enjoy Winter in Antwerp to the full.
And why not turn it into a real city trip and discover Antwerp properly with the Antwerp City Card? Those who book the Discover Antwerp package enjoy a special rate for both the City Card and for one or more nights at a participating hotel or B&B.
We welcome everybody to the city on December 10 with a spectacular opening ceremony. Christmas shoppers can shop to their hearts’ content on retail Sundays and at the Christmas market. Anyone looking for more action can go skating on the ice rink at the Groenplaats or enjoy a ride on the slide on the Steenplein. Alternatively, you may like to take part in a guided walk or enjoy the wintry scenes from the Ferris wheel. And after a game of golf along the Scheldt and a drink at the winter bar, you will not want your Winter in Antwerp to end.
Moreover, the ZOO is launching a new edition of the magical China Light Festival this year. It is an enchanting light show with hundreds of huge light objects in the shape of colourful animals and flowers are scattered around the ZOO.
You can find the full programme, practical information and news at www.winterinantwerpen.be.
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Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Antwerp’s latest architectural jewel is the Port House. This funky and innovative building, with roots in the past, is the new headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority that accommodates over 500 employees. You can also plan a guided tour of the building and enjoy the panoramic view over the port and the city.
This museum is the continuation of the Of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century.
There’s lots to see and experience at the redesigned Plantin-Moretus Museum. Step into the world of pioneering publisher Plantin and his in-laws, the Moretus family. Seven tips for an extra special museum visit.
What do you do if it’s raining outside but you don’t want to stay indoors? The Antwerp residents don’t let a shower or thunderstorm stop them from doing what they want to do. If you’re prepared to brave the bad weather, you will see that there’s plenty to keep you occupied, with an umbrella in hand, if necessary. We are happy to inspire you with sheltered and less sheltered tips.
It hardly needs saying: the Christmas market should not be missed during the festive season. Christmas cheer and heaps of original gift ideas guaranteed!
Winter in Antwerp has all that’s needed to give your winter holiday a really festive feel. Discover the extensive range of activities on offer.
Experience the perfect winter holiday in Antwerp this year! From 10 December to 8 January, you will find every ingredient for a memorable festive season in the heart of the city. Not sure where to start? Then take inspiration from our list of nine top Winter in Antwerp attractions.
Winter in Antwerp has all that’s needed to give your winter holiday a really festive feel. Discover the events.