Winter Season Leuven

There’s no better place to spend those cold winter days than in Leuven’s convivial city centre and Christmas market. ‘Winter Season’ guarantees an annual itinerary packed full of wonder and fun. There’s the attractive winter garden, fun Christmas market, concerts in the city, and the ephemeral Beguinage by candlelight.

3D light projection | (un)Holy Light

The sacred silence and impressive architecture of several buildings will be enhanced for a week by artistic lighting installations.

  • 11.12 - 18.12.2021
  • Various locations

Foodtruck Festival

A host of food trucks will gather on a cosy square. Feast on the most delicious street food throughout the weekend while absorbing the winter atmosphere in Leuven.

  • End  December 2021

Cosy Christmas market in the heart of Leuven

Stroll among the many Christmas market stalls at one of Belgium’s oldest Christmas markets. Over 170 stands open for business for a month long. A guest country is chosen each year to be represented at the Christmas market by its traditional products. Plus, there are musical performances, artisanal Christmas presents, culinary surprises, and loads of ambience. The cosy atmosphere and the location right at the city centre are perfect for enjoying a special city trip during the holiday period.

  • 08.12 - 19.12.2021
  • Herbert Hooverplein &Mgr. Ladeuzeplein

Warm winter sounds

While the Christmas bustle goes on outside, Saint Peter's Church fills with soft, classical music. Attending a concert here in this beautiful church is a very magical experience. The short concerts are a major treat for everyone. Listen to the moving melodies of classical ensembles in Saint Peter’s Church. 

  • December 2021
  • Exact timing: te be confirmed a.s.a.p.

Walking in winter wonderland

Visit the city’s most beautiful spots, all dressed up in their winter finery, while a guide tells you heart-warming tales. You’ll also be able to enjoy a cosy closing treat. Stroll through Leuven’s beautiful streets and soak up all the holiday ambience. 

  • Great Beguinage by candlelight: cancelled | new edition in 2021

Great Beguinage by candlelight

An especially wonderful experience is the ‘Great Beguinage by candlelight’. One night a year, this fantastic setting is bathed in the soft glow of thousands of candles. Catch the Christmas spirit shimmering in the light of all these candles lining the alleys and courtyards of this medieval village within the city during this special evening.

  • 11.12.2021

Practical info

  • 08.12.2021 - 08.01.2022
  • Various locations in the city centre
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