The most beautiful light shows in Paris
Among Paris Region’s shows and special events, the illuminated walks are among the most eagerly awaited during the festive season. A variety of themes and enchanted worlds invite children and adults on a magical journey. Discover the most beautiful illuminated paths in Paris and its region.
Festival Dragons et Lanternes
After a long journey from Shanghai to Paris, the festival Dragons et Lanternes is taking up residence at the Jardin d’acclimatation until 25 February 2024. In this temple of animation well known to children and parents alike, you can celebrate Chinese New Year at the same time. The magical creatures of traditional Chinese tales will punctuate your stroll and light up at nightfall to amaze young and old alike.
This magnificent light trail is accompanied by a rich programme of traditional songs, dances and shows to discover Chinese culture as we celebrate the 60 years of Franco-Chinese relations in 2024. A trip to the ends of the earth while staying in Paris!
Art in nature, Dalí universe
Have you ever looked so closely at one of Dalí’s creations that you felt you were entering one of his absurd dreams? In the Art in nature - Dalí Universe, the dream becomes reality. Or rather, a surreality. Extravagant and colourful, the event is in the artist’s own image: all lit up. What better way to celebrate Christmas than by presenting Dalí’s universe in lights? Accessible even to the youngest children, the show presents the painter’s popular references: melting clocks, luminous elephants, giant ants, eggs, snails… Not one of his inspirations escapes the lights. The animations bring them to life, and the magic happens.
Come along from 16 November 2023 to 21 January 2024 to the parc de la Villette for a nocturnal experience on the edge of reality.
Lumières en Seine
This ran from 17 November 2023 to Sunday 14 January 2024.
Well-known for hosting the Rock en Seine festival every year, the domaine national de Saint-Cloud is also the talk of the town as Christmas approaches. As winter’s calm settles over the park, a more enchanting event takes centre stage: Lumières en Seine. This year, the 3rd edition of the Lumières en Seine presents an original light display. Over a 2km stretch, the paths in the park lead past paintings, sculptures and other works of light art. The tour ends with an (almost obligatory) visit to the food court. Hot chocolate for the kids and mulled wine for the adults are accompanied by sweet and savoury treats.
Of all the light walks in Paris, the Jardin des Plantes is one of the most popular. As in previous years, the 2023 Festival of Lights is a tribute to nature. For its 5th edition, the event has a new theme: Jungle on the way to illumination. The Museum is taking children and adults on an adventure far from the city, to discover the extraordinary biodiversity of tropical forests.
Felines, chameleons, frogs and many other unusual species will be nestling among the trees and plants in the garden. Don’t worry, you won’t be able to miss these colourful and dazzling lanterns. Some of the illuminations are even animated.
The lights will be in full bloom in the Jardin des Plantes from 22 November 2023 to 21 January 2024.
Thoiry Wild Lights
Every day, visitors stroll through the ZooSafari de Thoiry to defy the gaze of the lions or have fun in front of the meerkats. But in the run-up to Christmas, the castle’s gardens are overrun by other, more curious animals. This year, the Wild Lights Thoiry Festival returns with a show just as enchanting as its predecessors. Its new theme: Asia.
The programme includes a 1.5km-long light and music path for families, couples and friends to follow. Every year, the park increases its collection of lanterns, making the Thoiry Lumières sauvages festival the biggest in Paris Region. In 2023, more than 2,500 works of light will be displayed throughout the garden, with 500 new lanterns and the illumination of the largest labyrinth in France.
No need to rush, as the Festival of Lights takes place from 29 October 2023 to 10 March 2024, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the lanterns - and more than once, if you’re so inclined.
The Luminous Odyssey
This ran from 28 November 2023 to 7 January 2024.
Forget the winter chill for a few moments as you explore the “Luminous Odyssey” at the Parc Floral in Paris, in the heart of the bois de Vincennes. Over 1,000 animals, fantastic creatures, flowers and light shows dot the grounds well known to Parisians. Along the park’s 8km of paths, you can discover a wide range of worlds, from gingerbread houses to dragons straight from China, as well as the expertise behind the colourful lanterns. Among the park’s attractions, visitors will particularly enjoy the Northern Lights projected into the Parisian night.
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