Every three years the city of Ghent lights up with works by international light artists for the ‘Ghent Light Festival’. The city’s nights become the backdrop for a spectacle, ingenious installations, performances and events, all based on light. The light festival puts the internationally acclaimed Ghent lighting plan in the spotlight and gives an opportunity to catch a glimpse of Ghent’s unique hidden side after sunset. The fourth edition of Ghent Light Festival, to be held from January 31 to February 4, 2018, will get an extra day and a newly adapted route.
The light festival route runs through the city centre, from the Baudelohof to Sint Pietersplein. The route is 6.6-km-long. There is no start or end point, so you can start or finish anywhere. However, it is important to walk in the right direction. There are four information points along the route where you can pick up a map. All the artworks can be visited free of charge.
The Ghent Light Festival follows the on-going Ghent Winter Festivities, wherein the city centre becomes a winter wonderland with an ice-skating rink under the City Pavilion. There is also a Christmas market with international stands and the Castle of the Counts changes into a winter wonderland castle. The Ghent Winter Festivities will be held until January 7, 2018.