Luminocity : a festival of lights and art in New York City

For the second year, Luminocity returns to New York City to lighten up your day ! CNewYork experienced the light presentation in December 2020.

A poetic outdoor festival of lights inspired by China

Luminocity features a unique outdoor walk through art and lights. Wandering across a pink mushrooms fields or between multicolored ice crystals leaves the visitor in a dreamy state of mind. Inspired by the festival of lights from Zigong in China, 7000 lanterns are lit with the Manhattan skyline as a background. This festival introduces an eastern tradition popular in China. Indeed each of the 7000 lanterns has been produced by local artisans from Zigong to create a jungle of lights. Plants, trees and magical animals pop throughout those fantastic light sculptures. Ancient civilsations, zodiac symbols and the little Lumi, host of the show, are paving your way. The variety of references brings relevance for adults and children at the same time. Imagination

Butterfly in Luminocity
Light lantern : buterfly in Luminocity (Photo Laurène Hamilton)

A holiday activity COVID compliant in New York City

This year, going out during the holiday season seems more complicated than ever.  The usual holiday picks from New Yorkers do not feel like Christmas anymore. The fear of crowded sidewalks, the lines in front of stores, and the rise of the infection rate can be overwhelming. With that being said, there are some options that are COVID compliant and still in the spirit of the holidays. This year Luminocity checks many of those boxes. First of all, you get to book in advance your tickets for a specific time slot. The walk through the light sculptures follows a one-direction only path. At Luminocity, social distancing is required and respected by masked visitors. After your tour, enjoy a dinner with a view from a handful of selected foodtrucks. The Thai one was delicious. Tables are disinfected between each customer. Personally, I enjoyed the holidays spirit while still seeing safety rules be respected.

How to visit Luminocity in 2020 ?

Luminocity opens from 4:00pm to 10:00pm during the following days :

○ Thursday, 12/10 – Sunday, 12/13/2020
○ Wednesday, 12/16 – Sunday, 12/20/2020
○ Wednesday, 12/23/2020
○ Friday, 12/25 – Wednesday 12/30/2020

○ Friday, 1/1 – Sunday, 1/3/2021
○ Friday, 1/8 – Sunday, 1/10/2021

The festival is located at Randall’s Island Park. Visitors can arrive via bus, walking path, driving, or rideshare / taxi. In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, the shuttle service will not be operating for the 2020 festival. For the full guide and to book your tickets, please visit the site: LuminoCity Festival

Laurène (CNEWYORK)
As a licensed Tour Guide from New York City, I have been blogging about New York City where I live since 2013. I share all my tips and news about this inspiring city on .

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