Every three years, Ghent is set ablaze with lights during the free Ghent Light Festival. This festival lights up the city with works by international light artists. The city’s nights will become the backdrop for a surprising spectacle, ingenious installations, spectacular performances and beautiful events, all based on light. Get ready to discover Ghent’s historic sites and monuments from a different angle. The Light Festival puts the internationally acclaimed Ghent lighting plan in the spotlight and gives you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Ghent’s unique hidden charm after sunset.

Not one, but two (smaller) editions of the Light Festival

The 5th edition of the Light Festival will look slightly different this time and will be spread over two periods. The first period runs from Wednesday 27 January till Sunday 31 January. The second period is planned from Wednesday 3 February till Sunday 7 February.

No walking route this time, but all light art works will be bundled at different locations, spread over the city. Visitors reserve a time slot for each location and the route will pass through courtyards. This way, this edition can run safely and still remain true to the concept: to delight visitors in an easily accessible way.

Ghent Illuminated walk

Would you like a sparkling tour of Ghent’s most beautiful illuminated buildings and squares? Follow the light walk and discover it for yourself! Start at the Kouter for a walk of approximately three miles. The walk takes you past all the highlights of the Ghent illuminations.

You will need about two hours to complete the entire walk. It’s best not to start too late, because at the stroke of midnight, the atmospheric lighting is replaced by ordinary streetlights. Plan your walk with one of the guides. Or explore for yourself: download the map here!