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Festival of Lights Paris 2019 at Jardin des Plantes

The Paris Festival of Lights at Jardin des Plantes

The Paris Festival of Lights is today a must festival of winter in Paris. After the success of the first edition, named Espèces en Voie d’ Illumination (370,000 visitors in two months), the Jardin des Plantes will once again brighten up the festive year-end with extraordinary giant light sculptures.


What is the Festival of Lights?

The Festival of Lights (Festival des Lumières in French) is a night exhibition that takes place in Jardin des Plantes and Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. This Paris light show is an enchanting experience, for kids and adults, with monumental light structures set in the alleys and pitches of this beautiful garden.

Light Festival Paris - Polar Bear

First edition of the Light Festival, Paris Jardin des Plantes

New Festival of Lights Paris 2019 – 2020: Océan en Voie d’Illumination

The second edition of Festival of Lights Paris 2019 –  2020 is named Océan en Voie d’Illumination (Illuminated Ocean). Through this a magical moonlit stroll, visitors will discover the wonders of the oceans and its inhabitants. The light sculptures are grouped in different water worlds: the splendor of the warm seas, the mysterious universe of the abyss, and the frozen seas of the poles.

This exhibition goes along with the Océans exhibition that visitors can already see in the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution. It aims at raising awareness about the importance of protecting the endangered species of the oceans and the oceans and the environment in general. The stroll starts at Place Valhubert, with the first giant lanterns. Some of these giant structures change color and others can even move parts of their body!

Great for your visit to the Jardin des Plantes Illumination


Giant sea turtle

Sea turtle

This unique and poetic Paris light show is paced with living performances on the theme of the fauna and the flora and workshops for kids aiming at raising awareness about the essential importance of protecting the environment.

Le Festival des Lumières is a fantastic addition in the 5th district of Paris and one of the best things to do in Paris at night during the winter holidays with family or friends. The festival of lights at Jardin des Plantes is open during Christmas in Paris but it closes on New Year’s Eve in Paris.  We are sure that this year the festival will also be a success!

Giant Shark

Crossing through a giant shark


Paris Light Festival at Jardin des Plantes – Basic Info

Light Festival Jardin des Plantes Paris

» Location: Jardin des Plantes in Paris 5. Closest Métro Stations: Gare d’Austerlitz, lines 5 and 10

» Opening time: every day from November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020. Closed on December 24, 2019, and December 31, 2019.

» Opening hours: from 6 pm to 11 pm

» Ticket price: 15€ adults; 11€ kids from 3 to 12 years; free for kids under 3 years. There is a discounted price if you book the 9.30 pm slot.


Paris Light Show – Our Best Tips 

» Buy your Festival of Lights Paris tickets online here. Unlike last year, tickets are now for a specific date and time slot.

» Avoid if possible the weekends and Christmas holidays. This festival is a big success since the very first day and everybody wants to visit it!

» We are unsure of which time slot is best for your visit. Overexcited kids are running everywhere from 6 pm to 8 pm while later, from 8 or 9 pm, the temperature is colder.

» The Jardin des Plantes Illumination covers most of the surface of the park so you will spend visiting all the lanterns at least 1 hour- 1 hour and a half. Wear extra-warm clothes!

» Check our Winter in Paris Packing List for women here and the Winter Paris Packing List for Men here

» We also recommend bringing a thermos flask with hot tea or similar to keep your body warm, Paris in winter very cold at night!

» If you are traveling on a budget and 15 € is too much for your wallet, you can still see some of the giant lanterns during the day. It is not as beautiful as during the night but better this than nothing, we guess.


About the Jardin des Plantes in Paris

The Jardin des Plantes de Paris is a park and botanical garden located in the 5th district of Paris which opened to the public 400 years ago. In addition to the typical green spaces of a garden, there is also a menagerie, greenhouses, and scientific exhibition buildings, called galleries. The Jardin des Plantes is great for kids and adults to learn about flowers and plants or just for a stroll.

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