Belgium’s Biggest Winter Ice Rink Opens in Ostend
Author: Jim Deschepper / Published: 2012-12-15 12:20:16 +0100 / Last Updated: about 1 year ago
OSTEND – In the winter, on the run up to the Christmas period, many towns and villages across Belgium host a Christmas market and install a temporary ice rink too. On the 30th of November, as they have for several years now, the city of Ostend opened its “Winter Ice” attraction to the public.
Spanning over 1,000 square meters or almost 10,500 square feet, Ostenders can tell other cities they have the biggest one in Belgium!
The ice rink is located on the city’s central square known as the “Het Wapenplein” and ice skating will be possible throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday season. The Christmassy atmosphere is further boosted with seasonal lighting and festive music and 5 different food and drink outlets.
These are open until midnight and 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays respectively. Ostend’s ice rink is also one of few that is completely covered with a transparent roof making it an all-weather attraction which is expected to attract around 30,000 visitors in total.
It is open every day, including Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 am until 6 pm, and during the Christmas vacation it will be open until 9 pm. Depending on crowds a session takes between 1 and 2 hours and costs €5 or €6 with ice skate hire.
Don’t panic, if sliding about on ice isn’t your thing, from the 7th of December the Christmas market opens with 30 chalets selling a wide range of seasonal goods, gifts, food and drinks.
For more information visit www.eindejaarinoostende.be.
Visit Ostend Information
Address: Monacoplein 2, 8400 Ostend
Phone: +32 (0) 59 70 11 99
Ostend Blog Posts
OSTEND - For the last weekend of August, Ostend moves its location to the shores of the ‘beer sea’ as Belgian breweries, local restaurants and food trucks pull out all the stops for the annual North S ... [ read more ]
OSTEND - The Neville Brothers come bursting out of the musical wallpaper. Just for a moment or two, café Manuscript in Ostend has been shipped to the shores and swamps of New Orleans. ... [ read more ]
OSTEND - A cosy, relaxed atmosphere and happy expressions on the faces of beer lovers from all around the world greet me. This is, above all else, what strikes me when I visit the first ever North Sea ... [ read more ]
OSTEND/OOSTENDE - We witnessed it with our own eyes. There was more than just one solitary message in a bottle washed up on Ostend beach. Far more than that... an entire armada of bottles came ashore, ... [ read more ]
OSTEND - One year ago, the Manuscript café in Langestraat, Ostend, outed itself as a Beer Tourism Café. At first glance not a lot has changed since then. Regular customers remain loyal to their cosy l ... [ read more ]
You must be logged in to leave a comment
OSTEND - After five years of renovations the old post office will open on the 21st of December as the city’s cultural centre. The name of the new centre is Cultuurcentrum de Grote Post, which translates literally as ‘Cul... [ more ]
ANTWERP/ESSEN - The trees are clad in the most vivid colours imaginable and the first strong gust of wind send the leaves swirling to the ground. The brewers know what is in store for them. They... [ more ]
OSTEND - As a washed-up, drug-haunted American soul-legend, where would you go to clean up, get fit and reconnect with your musical soul? Possibly not (for all its charms) Ostend in the grip of winter. But the ferry ... [ more ]
OSTEND - The Ostend sluice basin otherwise known as "de Spuikom" is home to oyster farming and to the legendary 'Ostendaise', which was once served at the court of the Russian czar. During the season and with a lot o... [ more ]
Café Manuscript has been a landmark in Ostend, and far beyond, for over 20 years. This brown café with its fantastic atmosphere – known for its live performances, music and superb... [ more ]
Beer Tourism Newsletter Signup
Enter your name and email address on the right and click "SignUp" to join.