A festival for all the senses

An enchanting winter wonderland of light, illumination, illusion, music and culinary delights awaits visitors. A fantastic world that appeals to all the senses: a unique sea of lights in the inner courtyard of the National Museum Zurich, magical storytelling, glowing candyfloss, mulled wine, concerts by mysterious mythical creatures and other playful surprises for young and old — staged by Yuki and her fabulous friends. Long evenings for city dwellers and cosy advent evenings for friends, work colleagues and all other visitors. Every evening from 5 pm, there is an interactive experience allowing you to immerse yourself in the sky and get closer to the stars. Until 8 pm, Yuki orchestrates her latest light show “Christmas Opera (La Traviata reloaded)” with her music-loving and fabulously freaky friends.


It’s finally Christmas again at the National Museum Zurich

Starting at 8 pm, our fascinating mapping show “CyberCity” will take visitors inside a computer. The impressive light show combines laser art, techno beats and a digital cyberworld experience.

The fabulous ILLUMINARIUM, a magical Christmas festival of lights returns!

The front area of the inner courtyard is freely accessible to visitors at all times, and this is where all sorts of culinary delights are on offer (catering available until midnight). Before, after and during the light shows, you can warm up, find food and refreshments, meet friends or immerse yourself further in the world of illumination to a soundtrack of wintry beats. A festival for all the senses with plenty of space for dark winter evenings, cocktail bars with illuminated drinks and a large selection of wonderful winter snacks. The inner courtyard facilities at the National Museum Zurich are complemented by a restaurant with space for up to 200 people. You can book a cosy fondue evening at ILLUMINARIUM online here.



By train to Zurich HB. The National Museum Zurich is right next door.

By tram or bus: HStops Bahnhofquai/HB (lines 4, 11, 13, 14, 17, 46) or Bahnhofplatz (lines 3, 6, 10, 31).


Follow signs for Zurich City, then the Hauptbahnhof (main station).
Parking: Main Station (Sihlquai 41), Central (Seilergraben), Urania (Uraniastrasse 3).


National Museum Zurich
Museumstrasse 2
8001 Zurich


When: 10 November 2022 – 30 December 2022

Closed: 24/12 and 25/12


Opening Yuki Show: 5 pm to 8 pm

Opening Digital Art Show: 8 pm to 10 pm

Show duration: 25 min

Show admissions: 5 pm / 5.45 pm / 6.30 pm / 7.15 pm / 8 pm / 8.30 pm / 9 pm / 9.30 pm



Outdoor bars are open until 11 pm

Indoor Club and Restaurant are open until midnight


Free admission


  • Adult: CHF 13.80
  • Youth (10 – 16 years): CHF 8.80
  • Child (6 – 9 years): CHF 5.80
  • Free admission for children under 5 years
  • Child and youth admission only available with an adult


  • Adult: CHF 9.80
  • Youth (10 – 16 years): CHF 5.80
  • Free admission for children up to 9 years
  • Youth admission only available with an adult
  • Location: inner courtyard of the National Museum Zurich, Switzerland
  • Free admission for young children (0 – 5 years)
  • The events take place in all weathers, so bring warm, weatherproof clothing
  • Additional bookings for children and young people can be made on site
  • Illuminarium is not suitable for people with photophobia
  • The Festival of Lights is cashless, i.e. all stands require cashless payment
  • DOGS ALLOWED until 8pm. But it’s usually packed & too loud for an animal. At best you visit us directly at 5pm, from 8pm we don’t let them in depending on the business

Get your tickets early online with us or via Ticketino advance bookings. There is a box office (no guaranteed seating) at the venue. Tickets can be booked here.

Illuminarium AG

Limmatstrasse 40
8005 Zurich


Ticket hotline (Ticketino): 0900 441 441 (CHF 1.00/Minute)

For all further questions info@illuminarium.ch

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