Activities and opening hours

Winter in Antwerp has everything you need to make your winter break the most amazing fun. From Saturday 8 December 2018 until Sunday 6 January 2019, Antwerp welcomes you to a magical winter wonderland. You won’t know where to look first because there are so many activities to choose from.

Opening days and hours

Monday till Thursday: midday until 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: midday until midnight
Sunday: midday until 10 pm
Exceptions on 24 and 31/12, 6/01: midday until 6 pm

View the map of Winter in Antwerp.

Christmas market

The ninety or so stalls in the Christmas market sell a fun mix of artisan products and original gadgets. The Christmas market winds its way from Groenplaats to Grote Markt and Steenplein. It is also a great place to a score a drink and a snack. Whether you’re into traditional winter treats like mulled wine, smoutebollen (donut fritters) or bacon potatoes or prefer vegetarian or more exotic food. There is something for everyone’s taste buds. But it’s also a fun opportunity to pick up some original Christmas gifts like jewellery, artisan honey, Christmas lights…

Groenplaats, Grote Markt, Suikerrui, Steenplein

Audio story

A new event this year is the audio story that was developed together with Het Geluidshuis. During the holiday season you can discover and listen to this story in various locations throughout the city.

Ice-skating rink

The 1,200 sq.m. rink in Groenplaats is probably one of the most beautiful places to skate in the Low Countries. Take a spin under Rubens’s watchful eye. Your tiny tots can learn to skate with the help of a cute penguin buddy.

Groenplaats
admission: € 6
admission + skate rental: € 9
admission (- 12): € 4
admission + skate rental (- 12): € 7
easy glider ice-skates: € 1
penguin buddy: € 3

Winter bar  

Need some peace and quiet? Why not stop for a drink on the winter bar’s heated terrace? The view of the ice-skating rink and the cathedral is thrown in for free!

Groenplaats
from Monday until Thursday: until midnight
Friday and Saturday: until 2 am
Sunday: until midnight

Tubing

We may not have mountains but we do have a slope. And this year, you’ll find it in Koningin Astridplein. Hop on a tube and whizz down the slide in front of the world’s most beautiful station. A sure-fire way to get that adrenaline pumping!

Koningin Astridplein
1 ride: € 2
6 rides: € 12

A kiss under the mistletoe

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is supposed to bring you love and happiness. Head over to Grote Markt where a 200 sq.m. mistletoe canopy will be built over the market. The place to take shelter, to meet with friends or to steal a kiss.

Grote Markt

Giant ferris wheel

The 55-metre tall ferris wheel in Steenplein offers amazing panoramic views of wintery Antwerp. A ride in the ferris wheel is always a unique experience, both during the day and at night. 

Steenplein
adults: € 7
children: € 5

Wishing wall

So what do you wish your family, friends, neighbours and all the people of Antwerp for the new year? Leave your wishes on the interactive wishing wall. 2019 promises to be a special year.

Steenplein
free

Magic mirror tent and outdoor terrace

Steenplein is the place to be for kids. There is a children’s corner with a ball pool, a slide, a crafts and reading corner in the mirror tent. Parents can catch their breath and relax over a coffee. If you prefer the open air, then walk out to the terrace. And if you don’t like the cold, you can always warm your hands near the glowing fire elements.

Steenplein 
from Monday till Thursday: until midnight
Friday and Saturday: until 2 am
Sunday: until midnight

Winter fun fair

What do you mean; carnivals and fun fairs are just for summer? No, no, a winter fun fair along the river, now that is really special!

Jordaenskaai 

New Year’s Eve fireworks

No New Year’s Eve would be complete without a fireworks display on the Scheldt, just before midnight. Order a festive drink at the bar and dance your way into the New Year with the DJ. Do you prefer a more intimate party? This year, you can also watch the fireworks display live on één!

Scheldt quays near the pedestrian tunnel 
10.30 pm until 0.30 am 

 

Tip! Buy an Antwerp City Card to take advantage of the additional discounts to attractions and events during Winter in Antwerp.
You can find more information about Winter in Antwerp here.

 

Victoriano Moreno

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