Winter in Antwerp 2017: opening event

Winter is coming and as is the case every year, there is plenty to see and do in the city. Shop for Christmas gifts beneath the beautiful Christmas lights, sip a hot cocoa and nibble on an Antwerp “handje” biscuit… and check out the events site of Winter in Antwerp to find out more about the fantastic opening event we have in store for you.

A dazzling opening event

This year winter in Antwerp kicks off on Saturday 9 December, with an amazing opening event in the city centre. And who better to get things going than Jef Neve and Natalia, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike? Kevin Van de Perren will give a fantastic show on the ice-skating rink, there will be video projections on the town hall, the Christmas tree will be inaugurated and all the Christmas lights turned on.

The party continues on Sunday 10 December, with the opening of the Diamond Dome in Koningin Astridplein. Until 30 December, you can discover a 360° video here. Learn in just five minutes how diamonds make it “from the mine to your finger”.

Welcome wintertime!





11 a.m.

Opening of the Christmas market and other activities (tubing, giant Ferris wheel, ice-skating rink…).

city centre

5 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

The city’s carilloneur will perform a medley of the greatest hits of DJs Dimitry Vegas and Like Mike, in the cathedral, and will be joined by the two DJs. Handschoenmarkt

5.30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Show by Kevin Van der Perren at the ice-skating rink.Groenplaats

6 p.m.

Inauguration of the Christmas tree.


6 p.m., 7.30 p.m., 8.30, 9.30 and 10 p.m. 

Gigantic video projection on the façade of the town hall.

Grote Markt

9 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

Jef Neve will perform together with a classical orchestra and Natalia.

Scheldt quays near the pedestrian tunnel

5.30 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.Animationcity centre



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