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Today storm Louis passes over our province. The RMI forecasts strong winds (5-6 Beaufort) and at the coast even very strong to stormy winds (7-8 Beaufort). The most intense gusts can be expected in the late afternoon and especially this evening.

Wintergloed 2023 - Whispering Birds

Follow the Light Experience Trail and experience Bruges as you have never seen it before.

For the fifth year in a row now, we let Bruges shine during Winter Glow with a beautiful light trail. 
The new Light experience trail 'Aurora', inspired by the Northern Lights, is a warm winter walk of 2.5 km along 10 unique light installations. The route passes by some hidden yet surprising places in the city. Connected by a blue glow, you are immersed in a different world at each installation and experience a moment of emotion and wonder.
 
In collaboration with CREATE.eu

During the end-of-year period, the entire city centre of Bruges is very busy.

The Light experience trail does not run along a car-free route; along due to its great success, pedestrians may walk on the carriageway. Thank you as motorists to take this into account and exercise caution.

Discover the light installations of Winter Glow 2023:

Waterdrops - Wintergloed 2023
Jan Darthet

Waterdrops

📍 Sint-Annakerk

Young and young-at-heart can have some great fun at this interactive display. Dance, jump, hop or plop down on the water droplets to see what symphony of colours emerges!

Whispering Birds
Jan Darthet

Whispering Birds

📍 Minneboplein 

Surrounded by Bruges' many twinkles, an orchestra of birds brings the day gently to an end. Their luminous nest shows them the way to where they will safely spend the night, eagerly awaiting what the day will bring them tomorrow.

Make the most of the Light Experience trail with these tips:

✔ Download the Winter Glow plan
✔ Follow the blue street lights that indicate the route
✔ Walk down the route in the direction of the arrows
✔ Keep it safe for yourself and others by staying on the footpath

Waves
Jan Darthet

Waves

📍 Spinolarei

An interplay of a soothing ripple across the Bruges water and video projection will let the audience dream themselves away for a moment. Be entranced by the sparkles that create a unique Winter Glow.

  

Heartbeats
Jan Darthet

Heartbeats

📍 Sint-Walburgakerk

Alone, with friends, family or in an alliance forged on-location, you can now become a part of Winter Glow yourself. Let everyone enjoy the moment your heartbeat sets the atmosphere in St Walburga's Church.

  

Grid
Jan Darthet

Grid

📍 Groenerei

Surrounded by tranquillity, nature and romantic bridges, this installation provides an unexpected layering to the trail. One of the most charming spots in Bruges is temporarily being given an extra dimension by beams of light forming a dynamic grid.

  

Circle of Life
Jan Darthet

Circle of Life

📍 Groenerei

For centuries, Bruges' waterways have been true veins of the city. A holographic circle represents an artistic interpretation of how it provides life for the trees. Reflection, fog and projection on and beside the water show an enchanting story.

  

Particular
Jan Darthet

Particular

📍 Koninklijke Stadsschouwburg

Admire this visual spectacle in which all the colours of Winter Glow blend together, with particles of light bringing the architecture of the Municipal Theatre to life in an elegant choreography.

  

Story of the Swan
Jan Darthet

Story of the Swan

📍 Jan van Eyckplein

Immerse yourself in this poetic love story of two swans on Bruges' waterways. The vista of the canals makes for a unique performance that is sure to create a moment of wonder.

  

Submerged
Jan Darthet

Submerged

📍 Rijksarchief

Mystery, beauty and wonder. Immerse yourself in the magic of the underwater world and look up to enjoy the spectacle unfolding on the surface.

  

Cuniculus
Jan Darthet

Cuniculus

📍 Burg

Surrounded and gently propelled by an interplay of light and sound, you will be led away from Burg Square. Soft shades of colour complement the Aurora palette, enveloping you in a blanket of warmth on your way to the next moment of wonder.

OPENING HOURS

From 24.11.2023 until 07.01.2024:

Daily from 5pm to midnight

Wintergloed plan 2023

Winter Glow plan

Download the Winter Glow city map and get ready to explore!

Light installations

Story of the Swan
Cuniculus
Submerged
Particular
Heartbeats
Waves
Waterdrops - Wintergloed 2023
Whispering Birds
Grid
Circle of Life