Every three years the city of Ghent in Belgium lights up with a series of spectacular and imaginative light installations from international artists. The next Light Festival Ghent will be held in January and February 2021.

For the fifth edition of the Ghent Festival of Light there is a slight departure from the normal turn of events, due to COVID-19 considerations.

Light Festival Ghent COVID-19 Measures

Instead of a walking trail through the city, the light installations will be concentrated in certain locations with slots that must be pre-booked. Organisers believe that in this way the festival can be run safely while staying true to its objective of “delighting visitors in an easily accessible way”.

Light Festival Ghent
The festival will demonstrate the beauty of Ghent

The Festival will also be staged in two segments from 27 to 31 January and 3 to 7 February, 2021.

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, which can be downloaded here, 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.