At the end of autumn, the beginning of winter it is time for enchanting light shows and festive celebrations in the Netherlands. Nights are getting longer and days are getting shorter. In the Netherlands, on the shortest and darkest day of the year, December 25, the sun sets at 4 p.m. With limited daylight, winter days are particularly short, making it a time for fun indoor and outdoor activities and festive celebrations. The captivating lighting displays create a festive atmosphere and transform the cold nights into a dazzling display of joy and warmth.
Zoo Ouwehands Rhenen, Light Nights “Treasure of Time”.
This is an amazing experience, a magical light show in a Zoo at night, how special is this? This event lasts till February 24th, so don’t hesitate and make your reservation now. And guess what? There are two pandas in this Zoo.
➔ Zoo Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen
Asian Winter Light & Food Festival 2023/2024
Every winter, an Asian, Japanese, or Chinese light festival is organized somewhere in the Netherlands. This year, 2023/2024, the Asian Light Festival is in the city of Wormer, near Amsterdam. While enjoying the most delicious Asian dishes, you can admire the most beautiful Chinese lanterns. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in December 2023, January and February 2024. This light festival is all about Light, LED objects, Sushi, Ramen, Gaming, Silent Disco, Karaoke, Tea and Sake.
➔ Asia Light and Food Festival Wormer/Amsterdam
Japan Light and Food Festival 2023
Japan Light and Food Festival 2023
Do you like sushi, ramen, illuminating cherry blossoms, tea, and bubble tea? If you like a variety of light artworks, karaoke and silent disco. Then the Japan Light and Food Festival is the place to be.
December 8, 9 and 10, 2023
➔ Japanese Light and Food Festival Zaandam/Amsterdam
Japanese Light and Food Festival 2022
In 2022 the temporary Japanese Light & Food Festival is in Utrecht. On this light spectacle, you will find a silent disco, karaoke, LED artworks, stalls with fresh sushi, ramen, and Japanese tea, and of course the illuminated cherry blossoms. If you like light festivals and good food, this festival is worth a visit.
➔ Japanese Light festival Utrecht
China Light festival
The Chinese Light Festival is regularly organized in the Netherlands. In 2022/2023 the great China light festival could be admired in Emmen and Ouwehands Zoo. Hopefully, the Chinese Light Festival will continue to organize light festivals in our country because we absolutely love China Lights.
Some years ago there was and light- and lantern exhibition of China Lights in Utrecht. With 90.000 visitors the event was a commercial success. This beautiful China Lights festival was organized in the Botanic Garden of the Science Park, at the University of Utrecht where there were dozens of light sculptures to see.
Oriental light art
The technique of making light sculptures is an oriental art form that has existed for thousands of years. The materials to make a lantern are a combination of willow, rice paper, wood glue, bamboo, and iron wire. The most fantastic works of art are made with these materials.
When the evening falls and you walk along with the beautiful artwork it feels like walking through a magical forest. It is a beautiful event for young and old. Everybody loves this spectacular light event.
Dragons and beyond
Dragons, giraffes, birds, everything is possible, it is beyond your imagination. Gigantic and highlight artworks. It is all mystical, a magical experience where you are enchanted along the way.
Chinese lanterns are more than a thousand years part of Chinese culture. Over the years they evolved gradually in the most wonderful beautiful shapes. The Lantern Festival is a traditional Chinese festival. The Chinese New Year ends with this festival. It happens on the 15th day of the new year in the Chinese calendar. On this day people eat Tangyuan in sugar soup and families hang lanterns in front of their doors. In addition to China, this festival is also celebrated in Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. In the Netherlands, the Chinese New Year is traditionally exuberantly celebrated in The Hague with a parade and fireworks.
Making a light lantern or sculpture
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to make your own light art or lantern? Look at this video and go for it!
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to make your own light art or lantern? Look at this video and go for it! What do you need to make such a fabulous lantern: iron wire, willow, bamboo, rice paper, and wood glue?
In the Netherlands, especially in winter, we love these special light events. Especially around the longest nights of Dec. 21, when the Netherlands is shrouded in darkness from 4 p.m. until 8:30 a.m. the next day due to its northern latitude.