Ostend takes Christmas very seriously. Buildings are illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights, the streets fill with busy Christmas shoppers and the chilly air is warmed with a festive feeling. Christmas is the perfect time to take a trip to Ostend to explore the City by The Sea. We have not one, but two Christmas markets filled to the brim with unique crafts, decorations and entertainment. Leopold Hotel Ostend offers visitors from all over Belgium, Europe and the world a warm, comfortable base to explore the city and our temporary Winter Wonderland. Contact our team or book your stay online soon to avoid disappointment over this busy period.
From 3rd December 2021 to 9th January 2022, the streets of Ostend fill with excited shoppers looking for some festive fun and to bag a bargain in the Christmas Markets. The Christmas markets offer visitors a wealth of Christmas gift ideas and treats from handmade toys and crafts to seasonal delights like hot chocolate and other Belgian delicacies. You’ll find gifts here that you’d never find on the high street and the biggest advantage of shopping in Ostend unlike surrounding areas, shops remain open on Sundays and bank holidays! This year, over 80 selected retailers will be using a unique Ostend gift wrapping paper as an extra special memory of where it came from.
If you’re fed up with the dark and gloomy Winter, Ostend is a breath of fresh air. The entire city is decorated in Christmas lights and buildings are illuminated with Christmas animations. A number of iconic locations, including the sailing ship Mercator, will also be put in the spotlight with extra special decorations and light displays. A real eye-catcher during the ‘Winter in Ostend’ event is the illuminated tunnel in the Adolf Buylstraat shopping street. This tunnel will cover the entire street for a distance of 188 meters with a breath-taking canopy of 232,500 lights! It’s a fabulous place for a family picture or a romantic snap to remember your festive getaway to Ostend.
Don’t wait for your local river or pond to freeze over and risk a dangerous skate, instead head to Ostend and enjoy a safe frozen lake surrounded by family and friends. Surrounded by beautifully illuminated Leopold Park, visitors will be able to imagine their childhood dreams and ice skate on the pond. Ice skating in the cosily decorated park into an ice-skating rink will be surrounded by over 50 wooden stalls selling some gorgeous homemade, craft gifts that you’ll treasure forever. During the Christmas holidays, children will be able to enjoy special entertainment acts and activities each day, which will make this an unforgettable experience for young and old.
Have you ever wondered what the inside of Santa’s house looks like? This Christmas, Santa will be setting up his house on the Ostend Wapenplein so all of the good boys and girls can pay a visit and see for themselves. This unique opportunity gives excited little ones a chance to meet the man himself, see where he lives when he’s not delivering presents and take some festive family photos. You can also discover the “Magical Christmas Tree” on the Wapenplein and some Christmas-inspired fairground attractions. It’s a wholesome day out for all of the family and a perfect chance to make some new Christmas memories.
Christmas is a busy time of the year with people from all over the country coming to Ostend to enjoy our festive spirit and winter activities. Families, couples, groups and solo travellers all look for excellent value, comfortable accommodation in the city so they can relax after a long day of exploring. Leopold Hotel Ostend is a 3* boutique hotel in the city centre of Ostend close to the beach and the Casino Kursaal. The timeless elegance of this unique historic building has been admired by generations of guests and is a perfect spot for a festive getaway.
Book your stay in Leopold Hotel Ostend on our official website for exclusive access to our best available rates and special offers. We’re looking forward to plating a small part in your favourite Christmas memories.