Geneva lights up not only for Christmas. No, no, no. The end of January marks the start of the Geneva Lux Festival, it will last till 31.01.2021 Illuminated pieces of art in the streets of Geneva are a perfect reason to get dress warmly and make a good use of the early nightfall. And please do, it is a wonderful viasual feast!

Geneva LUX makes the city colorful, artful, and joyful in the coldest weeks of the year!

Spiders and whales

My favourite 2021 Geneva Lux edition pieces this year are the Spiders in Situ and the Flying Whales.

You’ll find the spiders at the Rotonde du Mont Blanc. Created by the Group LAPS, Spiders in Situ will make you think about how we’re both attracted to spiders as fascinating creatures and also how we fear them. Observe their setting and the situations they’re placed in – I’m sure kids will be able to make many stories about spiders after seeing this artwork.

The Flying Whale at Ile Rousseau is the creature brought back to life after being forgotten. Rumour has it a writer once saw a while in Lake Geneva… The old story has been taken seriously, and we can now admire the whale flying above Geneva’s waters.

Old & New

There are other pieces of the art of light as well. Some are new, some have earned a “traditional January Geneva decor” stamp (the floating buoys in front of the Hotel des Bergues for example). I’ve also fallen in love with Pinta Cura at Place de Montbrillant – be sure to see it and let me know what you think about it and how it makes you feel. 


There are 2 family trails already programmed on the map! So how about an evening out with a hot cup of something chocolate?

Both family trails are doable with a pram and not too long for older kids. They also lead to the artworks that children will enjoy the most, including 200 illuminated birds in the Parc des Bastions!

How to plan the adventure?

The official website has an interactive map, where all the artworks are pinpointed and described. It also lets you choose from several trails, two of them were especially though for Families (fingers crossed that next year we will also see a wheelchair-friendly trail).


Location: the streets of the City of Geneva
Dates: January 22 – 31.2021