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Lilu Light Festival: Great Symphony of Lights and Sounds

Last Updated on September 21, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Lilu Light Festival has gained popularity since it launched in 2019. There has been an annual celebration since then, except for 2021 because of the global pandemic. There are many talented artists who create beautiful light installations. Among the installations are those by international artists as well as those from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU D&K). A look at the Lilu Light Festival will be presented in this article.

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After numerous positive reviews from locals and guests, as well as strong ticket sales, Lucerne decided to proceed with Lilu Light Festival in 2023. A variety of lights illuminate the streets, squares, and landmarks of Lucerne. In addition to being enjoyable, the festival promotes tourism. As much as it is nice to see the city covered in lights, I believe it will be the Lilu Light Festival Show that visitors will enjoy the most. 

Lucerne: Setting of the Lilu Light Festival

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During autumn and winter, inversion causes Swiss cities to have greyer skies than the mountains. This meteorological phenomenon affects Lucerne as well. At Christmas, there are lots of beautiful Christmas markets in the cities and small towns of Switzerland. There is no doubt that the Christmas markets help make Lucerne a great place to visit in December.

The month of January can be less fun since Christmas has ended and people are still awaiting the carnival season. While Lucerne is a lovely city that is always worth visiting, its coldness and lack of light can dampen visitors’ spirits in January. Lucerne’s light festival helps make this period between Christmas and Carnival a fun time for visitors.

With the Lilu Light Festival being celebrated in January, there will always be something to do in Lucerne no matter when you visit. Each night you can wander through the city and get mesmerized by the city’s lights when the Lilu Light Festival is on.

The Lilu Light Festival Show

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To the tune of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, various lights were projected on the ceiling and in front of the church during the Lilu Light Festival Show. The 30-minute light show featured different seasons including spring, summer, winter, and fall.

At the very least, every seat in the church offers an unobstructed view of the ceiling. If you arrive early, you will be able to choose a seat at the back, which will make enjoying projections, the light show, and the ceiling easier. We arrived a bit late just before the start time, so we sat near the front. Even if we were in the front row, it was still pleasant since I could get free shots of the front without many heads blocking my view.

It may not be ideal for visitors to sit directly in front of the altar and face backwards. The projections behind them will be difficult for them to see. 

It was truly a pleasure to attend the Lilu Light Festival show. It was a fantastic symphony of light art and music. The length was perfect – neither too long nor too short.

Lilu Light Festival Show Tickets

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The Lilu Light Festival in the city is free to visit. You are welcome to walk around the city and see the lights for free.

On the other hand, you will have to pay to attend the Lilu Light Festival Show inside the Jesuit Church. The cost per adult was 15 francs and per child was 10 francs.

See what the current cost is on the website:

How to Get to Lilu Light Festival

While the lights are scattered throughout the city of Lucerne, the show takes place inside the Jesuit Church. From Lucerne Train Station, you can walk quickly to the Jesuit Church, which is near the chapel bridge.

Address (Show):Jesuit Church
Bahnhofstrasse 11A
6003 Luzern
TrainLuzern (7-minute walk)
BusLuzern, Hirzenhof (4-minute walk)
Luzern, Kantonalbank (5-minute walk)

Final Thoughts: Lilu Light Festival

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There is no doubt that Lucerne’s Lilu Light Festival and the show are worthwhile events to attend. Especially if you are not into skiing or mountain sports, this is a great option for an outing in Switzerland in January.

You should check out the Lilu Light Festival show if you love light art and music. A fascinating mood is created by combining light art and music. The trip to Lucerne was truly enjoyable because of it, and I look forward to returning in the future.

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Darla Uhl is the owner of Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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