Light Festivals in Europe

All around the globe, cities are being lit up by beautiful, artistic Light Festivals. These light installations are designed by artists to captivate and illuminate cities. It’s a great way to see a city you thought you knew, as well as one you’re simply visiting. And seeing as night tours are growing in popularity, especially among Chinese tourists – these festivals are only getting better!

There are many Light Festivals throughout the year, but here are a list of our favorites.

Bright Brussels

Bright Brussels: Festival of Light has become a recent tradition. This year will mark the 4th time the event will light the center of Brussels. This free event is made up of a dozen interactive art installations and is open to everyone. From 19:00 – 23:00 from 13th Feb – 16th Feb 2020.

If you’re visiting Brussels during this time, the installations take you through the historical heart of the city, from Sainctelette and Saint Catherine. There’s even a map if you don’t want to miss a single LED. It would also make a beautifully romantic Valentine’s Day trip – if you’re scrambling for ideas.

For a full list of installations, the site Visit Brussels is your place to look. As for places to stay, the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi is only a 10 minute drive or metro away.

Bright Brussels

© Visit.Brussels – Eric Danhier

Colorful Copenhagen

From 1st – 23rd February 2020, Copenhagen will also be bursting with colorful light exhibitions. CPH Light Festival lights up the inner city and harbor in a beautiful, meditative way.  The aim is to make visitors and locals contemplate and discover different parts of Copenhagen. You can even float through them on a canal ride if you wish. If walking is more your style, there’s a map you can use to guide your way.

The light works are lit from 18:00 until 22:00 and will light up your senses to the beautiful city. The Park Inn By Radisson Copenhagen Airport Hotel is a short metro ride away too, if you wanted to be first to see the lights switch on.

Copenhagen Light Festival

© Kristoffer Trolle

Beaming Berlin

October 7th – 18th, Berlin hosts one of the most popular festivals, worldwide. The Festival of Lights visit multiple locations, but Berlin’s is by far the most well-known. 2020’s festival is the 16 year anniversary of the event, Using light installations to tell stories, highlight hidden things in the neighborhood, convey messages and presents art and culture – it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

To see the incredible lights from 2019 and what’s on the agenda for 2020, the program is on the Festival of Lights website. Park Inn also offers you a front row seat. Our Park Inn by Radisson, Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel is in the very center of the city and looks out upon the TV Tower which is one of many monuments that is illuminated yearly.

Berlin Festival of Lights

© Frank Hermann

Lyon’s Luminescence 

Every December, from 5th – 8th, Lyon lights up in their traditional festival of lights. Or, Fête des Lumières. Lyon was in fact the first European city to launch light festivals in this manner. The intention of which is to illuminate Lyon’s excellence. To follow the lights and see Lyon’s most historical buildings, there’s a map you can use which also lists the programs, in case you wanted to pick and choose from the 40 available.

To see another beautiful building and to have a place to stay that’s close to the lights, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lyon is the perfect place to stay.

fete des lumieres Lyon

© Muriel Chaulet

If you want to see one of these light shows. Or even visit all of them, then remember to be prepared. An app we recommend is CityMapper – as it gives transport links as well as maps. If you do go, please let us know and tag you pictures with #ParkInn so we can see the magic.