Gravensteen Winterwonderkasteel
© Jennifer Kesteleyn

Winter Wonder Castle

During the Winter Festivities, the Castle of the Counts once again turns into a Winter Wonder Castle, filled with stunning festive tables and fabulous decorations, this year in a Burgundian atmosphere.


From 14 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, inclusive

Winter Wonder Castle

The House of Burgundy is clamouring for a spectacle! The entourage of Duke Philip the Good transforms the hair-raising environment of the Ghent law courts in the fabulous backdrop for a Christmas party. The Castle of the Counts will be decorated with the duke’s throne, astonishing banquet tables, triumphal arches and decorations that are teeming with symbolism. An irresistible historic and theatrical scene.

Warm your hands and feet in our cosy winter bar and enjoy the late-night openings during the Christmas holidays!

Opening night 

On Friday 13 December at 7 pm, the Castle of the Counts will open its doors for the official start of Winter Wonder Castle. 

Pop-up winter bar 

In a cosy setting, you can enjoy a mulled wine or beer, a chance you only get once a year. The winter bar is freely accessible and is open until one hour after closing time of the Castle.

Children's quest

A golden apple has been hidden in the castle. But where?

During your quest you'll encounter a number of other magical objects. If you find them all, a royal gift awaits you in the shop.

Opening hours

Gravensteen, Sint-Veerleplein 11, 9000 Ghent 

  • Friday 13 December: open from 7 p.m to 10 p.m
  • Saturday 14 December: open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • from Sunday 15/12 to Thursday 19/12: open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • from Friday 20/12 to Sunday 5 January 2020: open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Closed on 24, 25 and 31/12/2019 and 1/1/2020 

Rates and online tickets

During Winter Wonder Castle the normal entrance fees for the Castle of the Counts apply. The Winter Wonder experience you get for free on top of it.

Tickets for Winter Wonder Castle are excl. comedy audioguide.

Tickets on site are available up to 1 hour before closing time. 

Online tickets