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Christmas balls. Author and copyright M. R.
Christmas balls. Author and copyright M. R.

Ostend Christmas Market

Located in the center of the Belgian coast, Ostend is a very popular seaside resort for Belgians. The ancient city was destroyed during the Second World War and later rebuilt with anonymous buildings. For those who are fond of military architecture of the Second World War, the so-called Atlantic Wall (Atlantikwall) is interesting, a system of fortifications, bunkers and tunnels, built by the Nazis during the Second World War, which can be visited along a 2 km itinerary. Ostend is located a few kilometers west of the beautiful historic Flemish city of Bruges (Brugge). During Christmas the city of Ostend is transformed into a city of lights and decorations. The Wapenplein in the city center with its Christmas decorations and stalls guarantees a cozy Christmas. In the stalls of the Ostend Christmas Market you will find not only traditional snacks and drinks, but also pleasant Christmas gifts. The main square is usually festively decorated with soft lights and during the days of the Christmas market, numerous entertainment shows are usually organized in a Christmas key.


The Christmas events in the city of Ostend are called Winterijs Oostende.

1) Ostend Christmas Market (Winter in het park – Kerstmarkt Oostende – Winterijs Oostende). Ostend’s Leopoldpark usually hosts a nice Christmas market and an ice rink. In the stalls of this market you can find pleasant gifts, leather goods, decorative materials, or a typically winter drink and small snacks: toasted hazelnuts, pancakes. A large ice skating rink is also usually set up. In the Leopoldpark you can usually find other different Christmas attractions with decorated Christmas trees, kiosks and the Flower Clock. How big will the new Ostend Christmas market be this year? Visit the city during the Advent season and you will find out.


ATTENTION: We recommend that you check the opening of the Christmas markets with the organizers.