Light shows in Belgium

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There is no better way to beat the winter blues than a light show in Belgium! This list will be updated on a yearly basis

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1. Lightopia

We visited Lightopia in Brussels with our kids. We loved the light show at the Groot Bijgaarden castle!

Read the full post on Lightopia to see what it’s like, for lots of practical tips, photos and a short video on this light show in Belgium

*When: 18.11.2022 – 08.01.2023
*Buy tickets here

Lightopia Brussels 2022

We visited Lightopia in Brussels with our kids. We loved the light show at the Groot Bijgaarden castle! Read on to see what it’s like and for lots of practical tips

2. Lanterna Magica

Lanterna Magica is organized for the second time this year. It is a walk around an enchanted forest with dragons and magicians.

See the full post on Lanterna Magica here with lots of practical details, photos and a short video

*When: 21.10 – 11.12.2022
*Book tickets here

Lanterna Magica 2022

A walk around an enchanted forest. A magical place with gnomes and dragons. Enjoy the light show!

3. Floridylle

This event had very good reviews last year from members of our group! This lightshow is a good option, if you are staying in Belgium for the holidays, otherwise it is difficult to attend

*When: 22.12.2022 – 08.01.2023
Book tickets here

4. Harry Potter: A Forbidden Experience

This lightshow is one of the most expensive ones in Belgium. It has received good reviews in the group with the caveat that the kid should be into Harry Potter to really enjoy it

*When: starting on 05.11.2022
*Book tickets here

5. Giant bugs and those that eat them

This light show takes place at Planckendael zoo. The installations are there even during the day, so you can see them (not illuminated) during a visit to the zoo

Here is a post on Planckendael zoo, where you can find practical details and photos. It is quite friendly for younger kids, as there are lots os small playgrounds all over the zoo

*When: 02.12.2022-15.01.2023
*Book tickets here

6. Magnetic Flow

Magnetic Flow is an indoor immersive experience where art meets technology. There are evening sessions (16+ years old) with live music

See the full post with practical details and a short video here

*When: 01.12.2022 – 19.03.2023
*Book tickets here

Magnetic Flow, Brussels

Magnetic Flow is an immersive light and sound experience in Brussels. Read on for practical details on how to visit with kids

7. Winter Glow

Winter Glow in Bruges is a free light festival with several locations around the city. You can visit the light festival and then enjoy ice skating and a hot chocolate at the Christmas market in Bruges (great way to see Bruges, one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium)

*When: 25.11.2022 – 08.01.2023
*No need for tickets, free event. More details here

8. Nature Illuminated

Walk around the Groot-Bijgaarden castle and enjoy the light show Nature Illuminated in Belgium

See the full past post here to get an idea of what it’s like

*When: starting on 21.01.2023
*Book tickets here

9. Bright Festival

Light show around Brussels to lighten up our winter! This is a free event with light installations at three main places: Royal Quarter, European Quarter and Sainte-Marie/Lehon Quarter to Avenue Louis Bertrand in Schaerbeek

See a past post here to get an idea of what to expect

*When: 16-19.02.2023
*No need for tickets, free event. More details here

10. Winter Light Bokrijk

Winter Light offers light and fire installations, craft demonstrations and more.

This light show takes place at the Open Air Museum in Bokrijk. The museum itself and the huge playground next to it are a great reason to visit Bokrijk. Just a few minutes away in the same provincial domain you can find Cycling through water, one of the nicest cycling paths in Belgium

*When: 26-30.12.2022
*Buy tickets here

11. Grote Schijn

Grote Schijn (Big Shine in Dutch) takes place in Rivierenhof, a provincial domain in Antwerp

*When: 27.10-20.11.2022 (this will be updated with 2023 dates when available)
*Book tickets here

Bonus:
Spirit of the North – outdoor light installations (free)

Right outside Spirit of the North you can find some outdoor illuminated fairy tale light installations!

This is not a full light show as the others, there are just some light installations at a small square. It would take about 5-10 minutes to play with the interactive light installation and take a few photos. It is so close to Grand Place, that it makes for a fun quick stop before heading to the Christmas market in Brussels

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Christmas with kids in Belgium:
All you need to know

If you are wondering what to do in Belgium with the kids during Christmas holidays, then read on this guide with family friendly Christmas events! St Nicholas events, meet Santa, Christmas markets, tractor parades, light shows, Christmas brunches with kids, theater shows and concerts and more!

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