Visitors can expect an enchanting winter wonderland of light, illumination, illusion and music. A fantastic world that appeals to all the senses: A unique sea of lights and a Christmas concert of terribly spectacular mythical creatures – stated and orchestrated by the conductor Yuki. Long and cosy Advent evenings for the Basel residents and their friends and colleagues. An interactive experience where you can dive into the fantastic world of Yuki and her friends every evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” is performed in an unprecedented way. A crazy Christmas for the whole family.

The Illuminarium Basel takes place in the inner courtyard of the Museum der Kulturen Basel, and is therefore right next to one of Switzerland’s largest Christmas markets. Whether it is mulled wine, tasty wintery snacks or an intergalactic Advent concert performed by one-eyed Cyclopes – Basel offers a concentrated load of Christmas this year and enchants its visitors with magical lights and sounds.

How to get there

Public transport:
Take the train to the train station in Basel. With the tram to Marktplatz (lines 6, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17).

By car:
Follow the directions to Basel main rtain station, then Marktplatz. 
Parking: City (Klingelbergstrasse 20), Basel Parkhaus (Petersgraben 4-6), Parkhaus Storchen (Fischmarkt 10)

Getting to the venue and back home with Uber is very comfortable and uncomplicated: order your car directly from your smartphone. If you have never ordered a ride through the Uber App before, you will receive CHF 20 with the action code ILLUMINARIUM for your first trip. You can simply enter the code in the app under “Payments”.

Museum der Kulturen Basel
Münsterplatz 20
4051 Basel

Dates and opening hours

22 November – 30 December 2018, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m daily


Tickets Wonderland

Tickets are available here


Free entry

Light show
Adults: CHF 9.5
Adolescents (10 – 16 years): CHF 7
Children (6 – 9 years): CHF 5
Free for smaller children up to 5 years.

Children and adolescents can only enter when accompanied by an adult. Museum passes and Kulturkreis cards are not valid.

The number of spaces for the light show is limited. Book your ticket in advance online here with us or in the advance sale on Ticketino. There is a box office (no guaranteed spaces) on site.


  • Where: In the court yard of the Museum der Kulturen Basel, Switzerland
  • Free entry for small children (0 – 5 years)
  • Events take place in every weather. Wear warm and weather-proof clothes
  • Subsequent bookings for children and adolescents can be made on site.
  • The Illuminarium is not suitable for people with photophobia.


Illuminarium AG

Limmatstrasse 40
8005 Zürich

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

For any other questions please send an email to