Lux Helsinki Lights Festival

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Welcome to Lux Helsinki, a festival that brings to life a vibrant tapestry of colors, shapes and spellbinding displays across the urban landscape. This highly-anticipated lights festival will feature art installations and light shows that ignite your imagination.

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Festival highlights

About the Festival

Lux Helsinki is a breathtaking festival that transforms the city of Helsinki, Finland into a realm of colors and lights. Through innovative light installations and artistic expression, the festival takes you to a captivating exploration through the city’s urban landscapes, to be enthralled by neon lights, thought-provoking art installations, and hanging lanterns of fanciful designs.

Come and explore the different lighting displays in various squares across the city. Unleash your inner child as you stroll through illuminated parks transformed into wonderlands of sparkling trees. Whatever your age is, Lux Helsinki is perfect for you.

Lux Helsinki Dates (2024)

Lux Helsinki takes place annually at the beginning of January. The next festival will happen on January 7, 2024, illuminating the city with neon wonders and unique artistry. 

Where It’s Located and How to Get There

Lux Helsinki takes center stage in Helsinki, Finland. A mesmerizing event, the festival illuminates locations such as Hesperia Park, Helsinki Cathedral, Tori Quarters, and Erotajja Pavilion.

The distance between Helsinki and Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is approximately 18 kilometers (11 miles) by road. The airport sits north of the city center, making it convenient for travelers to head back and forth to Helsinki. Travel time between the airport and the city center takes about 20 to 30 minutes by car or taxi.

Traveling by Train

Traveling to Helsinki by train from other parts of Finland is an efficient way to get to the capital.

From Tampere:

  • A major city in Finland, Tampere is well-connected to Helsinki by train. 
  • The journey from Tampere to the capital takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on train type.
  • Frequent train services operate throughout the day, making this a recommended option to get to the festival.

From Turku

  • The coastal city of Turku is also well-connected to the capital by train.
  • Travel time from Turku to Helsinki takes about 2 to 2.5 hours.
  • Trains from Turku to Helsinki operate regularly, providing travelers with flexibility.

From Oulu

  • Although Oulu is far from Helsinki, there are available train services connecting the two locations.
  • The journey from Oulu to Helsinki takes approximately 5 to 6 hours.
  • You can choose from train options, including overnight sleeper trains.

Please note that routes, schedules, and ticket availability may vary, so it is best to inquire with the Finnish Railways or respective railway companies for up-to-date information. 

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Festival Hours

Lux Helsinki comes to life from sunset to midnight. It is the perfect opportunity to explore the city as it basks in neon light displays and radiant abstract illumination.

Cost to Visit Lux Helsinki

The great thing about Lux Helsinki is that it is an entirely free event. Visitors and travelers can enjoy the stunning light installations, hanging lanterns, and radiating trees without purchasing tickets.

Weather and What to Wear

Helsinki in January can be chilly, with temperatures ranging from -2 to -7 degrees Celsius. You can enjoy the dazzling sights in city squares and parks by dressing warmly in layers, which include a good winter coat, gloves, a scarf, and a pair of insulated footwear. 

Where to Sleep – Hotels Nearby

Helsinki offers a range of accommodation options for you to choose from after enjoying the Lights Festival:

Hotel Kämp

Hotel Kämp sits in the heart of Helsinki. It is a luxurious hotel featuring a range of amenities, such as free high-speed internet service and airport transportation. It also has saunas and a spa. Pet lovers will be thrilled to know that pets are allowed inside. Overall, Hotel Kämp is a perfect place to wind down after enjoying the festival sights.

Hotel Haven

Hotel Haven is an elegant boutique hotel overlooking the South Harbor. It features cozy rooms with free high-speed internet service and minibars. The hotel boasts high-class restaurants that delight your culinary desires, making your festival experience memorable.

Scandic Hotel Simonkenttä

Scandic Hotel Simonkenttä is a modern hotel near the Kansalaistori area, making it convenient for festival goers. It is a starting point for nearby shopping centers and high-quality restaurants. The hotel offers amenities such as free WiFi and breakfast. They offer air-conditioned rooms with minibars. They also offer free stays for kids, making it perfect for families with little children. For bike enthusiasts, they have available bike rentals.

What to Eat

Satisfy your taste buds with Finnish and International cuisine offered by some of the best restaurants and dining spots in the city:

Ravintola Nokka

Ravintola Nokka is a restaurant known for using only the purest and freshest ingredients. They are a high-class restaurant that offers dishes such as Lamb Fried in Herb Butter, Bearberry Ricotta Ravioli, and Fried Wild Fish, among others. For desserts, they serve Yogurt Mousse and Velvet Flower Ice Cream. Ravintola Nokka is an ideal place to dine after enjoying Lux Helsinki.

Saslik

Saslik is a Helsinki restaurant that offers dishes like Borscht Soup and Lobster Pelmeni. Aside from that, they also serve Kievan Chicken, Spiced Beef Repin Style with Beetroot Marinated Garlic, and Smoked Sturgeon with Solyanka Foam, among others. Saslik is a perfect complement to your entire festival experience.

Restaurant Savotta

Restaurant Savotta is another place where you can find the best Finnish cuisine. Using only the best and purest natural ingredients, they serve dishes like Crispy Celeriac Patty Santpauli Style, Lightly Alder-Smoked Whitefish, Poultry Liver Mousse with Malt Bread, and Finnish Trifle, among others. Restaurant Savotta is an ideal place to dine after basking in the wonders of Lux Helsinki.

More Things To Do In The Area

These are other exciting places to visit and explore in Helsinki, Finland:

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral is one of the most iconic landmarks in the capital city. Sitting at the heart of Helsinki on Senate Square, the cathedral is a majestic example of neoclassical architecture. Visitors can explore the cathedral’s interior and be captivated by its stunning altarpiece and impressive organ. A part of Helsinki’s cultural scene, the cathedral often hosts cultural events and concerts.

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Suomenlinna is a historic sea fortress spread across a group of islands a short ferry ride from Helsinki’s Market Square. It is a fascinating destination for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Explore the museums, fortifications, and scenic walking paths to give yourself an unforgettable experience.

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

If you’re a fan of contemporary art, then a visit to Kiasma Museum will be a delightful experience. Visit and enjoy its innovative exhibitions, showcasing a diverse range of contemporary paintings and installations. Let the museum’s stunning and unique artworks inspire you and your own creativity.

A Final Sparkle: Wrapping Up Your Unforgettable Experience in Lux Helsinki

Come and immerse yourself in the spectacle of Lux Helsinki, as it celebrates a harmony of light and artistic expression, filling your eyes and hearts with unforgettable wonder.

With ample places to dine in and explore, Lux Helsinki will be an event for you to remember.

FAQ

Is photography allowed at Lux Helsinki?

Yes, photography is allowed. Feel free to capture mesmerizing light shows and displays.

Is Lux Helsinki suitable for children?

Yes, Lux Helsinki is a family-friendly event. Children will have fun exploring sparkling parks and illuminated city squares.

Are there guided tours available during the festival?

Lux Helsinki often offers guided tours, providing insights into the featured art installations. For tour details, visit the festival’s official website.

Is Lux Helsinki accessible for individuals with disabilities?

Organizers strive to make the festival accessible to all visitors. Most installations are in public areas, and accessible routes are typically provided. For specific accessibility information, inquire with the festival staff.

How can I stay updated about Lux Helsinki, including dates and program details?

To stay updated about Lux Helsinki, visit the festival’s official website.

Can I bring my pet to the Lux Helsinki Lights Festival?

While the outdoor areas of the Lux Helsinki Lights Festival are generally pet-friendly, it’s important to ensure your pet is comfortable with large crowds and light effects. Always keep your pet on a leash and be mindful of other visitors.

What are the parking facilities available during the Lux Helsinki Lights Festival?

Helsinki has several public parking facilities and garages throughout the city. However, due to the high number of attendees during the festival, it’s recommended to use public transportation, walk, or bike. If driving, arrive early to secure parking and consider using park-and-ride facilities.

Is smoking or vaping allowed during the Lux Helsinki Lights Festival?

Smoking is not permitted in crowd-dense areas or near the light installations to ensure the comfort and safety of all attendees. It’s advised to find designated smoking areas or step away from crowded spots if you wish to smoke or vape.

Sources:

https://luxhelsinki.fi/en/

https://www.nordicstylemag.com/blog/2016/01/lux-helsinki-2016

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