1. Winter light in Bokrijk
Do you like a fairytale atmosphere, spectacular theater and light shows in which tightrope walkers, trapezists and fire artists give the best of themselves and fairytale lit roads through the villages of yesteryear? Then Winterlicht in Bokrijk is the light event you are looking for. During the most enjoyable period of the year, visit this open-air museum with the whole family and close 2022 on a heartwarming note.
From 26 to 30 December 2022. Ticket price for adults: 8 euros. Children from 3 to 12 years: 2 euros. Children under 3 years old and subscribers: free. Address: Bokrijklaan 1, Genk. Information: https://bokrijk.be/nl/winterlicht
2. Bilzen Mysteries in Bilzen
‘The Story’, the evening play by Bilzen Mysteries, is an image, sound and light spectacle in which past and present merge into one adventure. Put the idea of the classic light procession out of your mind, because this is a unique light event that breathes history, but with a modern twist. Would you like to test this original concept? Then hurry, because at the beginning of January the 800 years of rich history of the castle of Alden Biesen will be exhibited for the very last time through this special sound and light story.
Until January 9, 2023. Ticket price for adults: 18 euros. Young people up to 18 years: 15 euros. Children up to 6 years: free. You get a 3 euro discount if you buy the tickets online. Address: Kasteelstraat 6, Bilzen. Information: https://bilzenmysteries.be/hetverhalen/
3. Lights in the Park in Sint-Truiden
On December 17, Sint-Truiden will transform the city park into a cozy place, flooded with light, to indulge yourself. The fire show provides the warmth you need during the cold winter evening and you can enjoy a lot of goodies at the food trucks. Do you not only want to feel the heat yourself, but also want to pass it on? Then participate in the clothing collection campaign for children, organized by the local youth service. Donate your warm sweater, jacket or hat to ‘Lichtjes in het Park’ and help a child through the cold winter days.
Saturday December 17. Free entrance. Address: Entrance Parkstraat 22, Sint-Truiden. Information: www.visitsinttruiden.be/aanbod/lichtjes-in-het-park/
4. Will-o’-the-wisp tour in Riemst
The Dwaallichtjestocht is an intimate, quiet and pleasant walk through Genoelselderen (Riemst) where you walk in small groups from storyteller to storyteller and enjoy the beautiful short stories and stories at every stopover. Each story lasts fifteen minutes and provides a pleasant interlude between walks. The lights on your route show you the way to eventually end up at a large fire spectacle and thus end a successful evening in an atmospheric and warm way.
Wednesday December 28. Basic rate: 5 euros. Social rate: 2.5 euros. Address: Cultural Center Sint-Maartenshof, Sint-Maartenstraat 54 in Genoelselderen (Riemst). Information: www.riemst.be/nl/evenementen/agenda/dwaallichtjestocht-1
5. Illuminated tractor parades in Helchteren, Tessenderlo and Zepperen
You can admire the illuminated tractor parades this winter in Helchteren, Tessenderlo and Zepperen. A procession of dozens of tractors, decorated with colorful lights, drives through the village streets in December and January, creating a real Christmas and winter atmosphere. Young and old take to the streets during these parades to enjoy an atmospheric and pleasant evening in the village together.
Tessenderlo: December 16. Helchteren: December 17. Zepperen: January 6, 2023. Admission is always free. Information: www.optochtkalender.nl/belgie/limburg.html
6. Magical light routes and SPOT ON in Maastricht
Do you also want to look for the winter lights across the Dutch border? Then Maastricht the place to be. With three mapped out Magical Light Routes you can get to know the hip, romantic or industrial side of the city at your own pace, surrounded by atmospheric Christmas lights and a fairytale winter atmosphere. If you still enjoy a day in Maastricht, then also look for the Sint Servaasbrug and discover SPOT ON! A beautiful light work in the form of a poem by Maarten van den Berg.
Illuminated Maastricht can be visited all autumn and winter. SPOT ON! can still be viewed until 30 December. Free access to the walks and the artwork. Address SPOT ON!: Sint Servaasbrug in Maastricht. Information: www.visitmaastricht.nl/magisch-maastricht/lichtroute