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Light Festival Ghent, Belgium

31 January - 4 February

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Every three years the city of Ghent in Belgium lights up with a series of spectacular and imaginative light installations from international artists, the Light Festival Ghent.

Light Festival Ghent
The festival will demonstrate the beauty of Ghent

The Festival will also be staged from 31 January to 4 February 2024.

During the Festival you can explore the historic sites and monuments of this city of Flanders steeped in such a rich history from a completely fresh perspective.

The Light Festival puts the city of Ghent well and truly in the international spotlight.

See Ghent at Night

Alternatively, if you can’t make the festival you can always follow a walk around Ghent’s illuminated squares and buildings at night.

Light Festival Ghent
The Ghent Festival of Light see the city’s main buildings illuminated

The walk takes around two hours, so make sure you don’t set off too late as at midnight the atmospheric lighting is replaced by street lights.

Can’t make it to Ghent? Read Johan Smitt’s 5 Wonderful Festivals of Light Not to Be Missed.

Getting to Ghent

The simplest, most comfortable and environmentally friendly way to travel from the UK to Ghent is to by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels. Regular trains run from Brussels to Gent Sint Pieters Station, taking around 30 minutes. From there take the No. 1 tram to the city centre, or walk approximately 40 minutes.

Further information on the Ghent Festival of Light 2021

If you want more information on the installations that will be on display during the light festival, click here. All Images: © Stad Gent – Dienst Toerisme.


31 January
4 February


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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