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New Year’s Fireworks 2020

Where:
Groot Strand
When:
Mon 1 Feb 2021

The fireworks display at the end of the year has become a tradition in Ostend. Thousands of people gather at the beach to celebrate the new year with spectacular fireworks!

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Ensor Dreams of mother-of-pearl

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
12/05/18 to 01/03/20

This new Ensor presentation consists almost exclusively of paintings and drawings from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. With 38 paintings and some 650 drawings, the museum not only has the largest, but also the very best Ensor collection.

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The Crystal Ship 2020

When:
11/04/20 to 19/04/20

The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival that specializes in public space producing different installations, sculptures and murals each year. Discover “The Crystal Ship” in Ostend: renowned and world-famous artists made enormous paintings on walls as well as fantastic art installations in open spaces. All artworks remain permanently in the public domain and can be visited freely.

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Sand Sculpture Festival 2020

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
20/06/20 to 06/09/20

With just sand and water, artists from around the world create a fantasy world full of magic. The festival is built by 40 professional artists from all around the globe. Not less than 240 trucks of special sand is sculpted during one month of preparation, on an area of 10,000m², creating a visitors circuit that takes one hour to complete, with 150 sculptures from 2 to 6 meters high to discover. The Sand Sculpture Festival is officially the largest festival of its kind in the world (Guinness Book of Records 2010). The trail is approximately 1 kilometer or 0,6 miles and the visit takes about 1 hour.

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Once upon a time…

Where:
Leopoldpark
When:
31/10/20 to 05/11/20

During the autumn break we transform the Leopoldpark into a fairytale world full of elves, trolls, princes and princesses. Every day there are various street acts, theater performances, workshops and stories to discover. A fairytale walk for the whole family to enjoy.

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Winter in the Park 2020

Where:
Leopoldpark
When:
27/11/20 to 03/01/21

In the midst of a beautifully lit up Leopold Park, visitors will be able to ice skate on the pond, which will be surrounded by over 50 wooden stalls selling typical Christmas products. During the Christmas holidays, children will be able to enjoy special entertainment acts and activities each day, which will make this an unforgettable experience.

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Santa’s House and Magical Christmas Tree 2020

Where:
Wapenplein
When:
27/11/20 to 03/01/21

Have you always wanted to know what Santa’s House looks like? This autumn, he will be setting up his house on the Ostend Wapenplein. Santa’s House is the ideal spot to take your Christmas photo.

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Christmas Village

Where:
Vissersplein
When:
17/12/20 to 01/01/21

The cosiest square in Ostend bathed in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy the Christmas animation, the music, mulled wine and Flemish gin. The Christmas Village is surrounded by more than 150 Christmas trees.

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Museum Amandine

April 3rd 1995. On this day the Amandine entered Oostende harbour for the last time. On this day it dropped anchor for the very last time. The crew disembarked, swallowed hard and went home without looking back. The last page in Oostende's book on Iceland Fishing had been turned. Now, 13 years later, the Amandine has started her second career, a career as an interactive museum. It has taken two years of hard and concentrated work in the old shipyard 'Seghers' to restore the...

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Mercator

Arctic traveller Adrien de Gerlache designed this three-master which was built in Scotland. The Mercator had only two commanders and made 54 voyages. In 1956 it repatriated the remains of Father Damien from Molokai. In 1960, it sailed into the harbour of Antwerp and in 1961, it was equipped as a museum ship. Since 1964, it has been the pearl in Ostend’s crown. Like to visit this attraction at a discount? Print your free Coast Pass now on www.kustpas.be/home/register

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