Image by Andrew Sims

Illuminarium – Magical Christmas feels

This year, there’s a new competitor in Zurich for the Christmassiest spot, and I think it might be the winner. ‘Illuminarium’ is described as a ‘festival’, set up at Landesmuseum (the National History Museum) beside the main train station until December 31st. Entrance is free, except to the special light show.

It’s hard to pin down exactly what ‘Illuminarium’ is, but I think describing it as a festival of lights gets pretty close. As you walk through the entrance into what seems like a magical, Disney castle, everything is illuminated by gorgeous colours. There are projections on the walls of the castle, huge fillagree towers in different colours and fire pits. It is magical and breathtaking. I am not exaggerating when I say I was brought to tears standing in the middle of all the Christmas feels. 

While you stand and look around in awe, you can also enjoy delicious food and drinks. There are food trucks and stalls around the square selling raclette, Glühwein, sandwiches and all sorts of other delicacies. If you get a bit chilly, go into the bar or restaurant, which are also festooned with garlands of lights (see the picture).

This is definitely where I’ll be spending the next few weeks. I’m booked in for dinner in the fondue tent next week, and I’m going back to check out the special light show (13 CHF entrance) in a few days.

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Zürich Landesmuseum, Zurich

Opening Times

From 17:00 every day (except 24th and 25th December)




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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)