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The Paris Festival of Lights at Jardin des Plantes
The Paris Festival of Lights is a must festival of winter in Paris. After the success of the first two editions, named Espèces en Voie d’ Illumination (370,000 visitors in two months) and Océan en Voie d’Illumination, the Jardin des Plantes will once again brighten up the festive year-end with extraordinary giant light sculptures.
If you are visiting Paris in December or January, don’t miss this wonderful night show!
What is the Paris 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.
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Jardin des Plantes Light Festival 2021: L’Évolution en Voie d’Illumination
After one year-pause due to the pandemic, the third edition of the Jardin des Plantes Light Festival 2021 is named L’Évolution en Voie d’Illumination, and we are sure it will steal your heart.
Travel 600 million years in one evening with this immersive new night walk, dedicated to the evolution of life. Admire gigantic species, who, for different reasons, disappeared from our world forever.
This open-air exhibition combines art, science, and poetry. Admire past biodiversity while letting yourself be carried away by the magic of lights.
L’Évolution en Voie d’Illumination aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the endangered species (but not only) by protecting their environment and stopping illegal hunting or fishing.
The entrance to this exhibition is through Place Valhubert, and you must book your tickets online in advance.
The Festival of Lights in Paris – a Foretaste
Here’s a foretaste of what to expect in the Jardin des Plantes Light Festival 2021. Follow us on a magical moonlit stroll to discover some lovely sculptures from the previous exhibitions of the Paris Lights Festival.
Winter nights in Paris are cold, but we are sure that these giant lanterns (and perhaps a cup of vin chaud) will warm your heart!
Festival of Lights Paris 2021 – Basic Information
» Location: Jardin des Plantes in Paris 5. The access is through 2 Place Valhubert (Seine side). Closest Métro Stations: Gare d’Austerlitz lines 5 and 10.
» Opening times: every day from 29 November 2021 to 30 January 2022. Closed on 24 December and 31 December.
» Opening hours: from 6 pm to 11 pm. Last access at 9.30 pm from Monday to Thursday, and 10 pm on Friday, weekends, and holidays.
» Tickets can be purchased only online. Tickets are for a specific date and time slot, and they cost from 12€ to 15€. Free entrance for kids under three years.
» The Health Pass (or proof of vaccination from your country) will be necessary to access the site.
Paris Light Show 2021 – Our Best Tips
» Avoid if possible the weekends and Christmas holidays. This festival is always a big success since the very first day, and everybody wants to visit it!
» We are unsure about the best time to visit the Paris Light Festival. From 6 pm to 8 pm, overexcited kids are running everywhere, while later, there are fewer kids, but it’s much colder.
» The Festival of Lights at Jardin des Plantes covers most of the surface of the park, so allow 1- 1.5 hours to visit everything. Wear extra-warm clothes!
» We also recommend bringing a thermos flask with hot tea or similar to keep your body warm; Paris in the wintertime is cold!
» If you are traveling on a budget and don’t want to spend 15 €, you can see the giant lanterns during the day for free. However, they are not as beautiful as when they are lit up at night.
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 and flower beds, there is also a menagerie, greenhouses, several museums, food stands, and a carousel.
The Jardin des Plantes is great for kids and adults to learn about flowers and plants or just for a stroll.