As we slowly wave goodbye to summer, the nights are closing in and the temperature's getting a bit nippy, and to be honest we're starting to feel a bit down in the dumps. Not to despair, as today we're bringing you some of the most impressive illuminated festivals from around the world which turn dark winter nights into spectacular artistic canvases. During these festivals you can see some of your most beloved historic attractions in, quite literally, a totally new light! We've even included links below each photo for deals to each destination. So, go and experience some of the most stunning light art the world has to offer. Just don't forget to send us a picture of your #PirateParadise!
Amsterdam Light Festival - Runs from 1st December 2016 to 22nd January 2017
Most people already associate the Dutch capital with lights of a different kind all year round. However, every winter Amsterdam is transformed, with the help of light artists, into a celebration of art, light and water! There are two main routes - one walking, the other by boat, so, of course we at HP recommend that you pack your sea-legs to get the full Pirate experience!
Festival of Lights, Berlin - Runs from 7th to 16th October 2016
Now in it's 12th year, The Berlin Festival of Lights sees some of the world's best light artists illuminate some of the city's most iconic attractions. giving visitors and locals alike the chance to see Berlin in a whole new light! Weather permitting, we recommend visiting the festival on bicycle as this is a fantastic way to see the best of the fest.
Fete Des Lumieres, Lyon - Runs from 8th to 11th December 2016
Short and sweet, Lyon's light extravaganza sees over 70 light installations displayed around the city over a four day period. The Fetes Des Lumieres attracts millions of attendees from both France and further afield.
Signal Festival, Prague - Runs from 13th to 16th October 2016
A spectacular four day festival of projections and light art. Many of Prague's most beautiful sights such as Old Town Square, Hybernia Palace, The Fruit Market and Kampa shine brighter than ever before!
Illuminating York - Runs from 26th to 29th October 2016
One of England's most historic cities also holds one of it's most historic light shows. The Festival celebrates light in all of its forms, from the flickering flame to the light emitting diode. Illuminating York's 11th year promises to be the best ever!
Vivid Sydney - Runs from 27th May to 18th June 2017
Finally, if our European choices have switched on a lightbulb in your head then Vivid Sydney absolutely must be on your list. World renowned projections are beamed onto such iconic landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, making for a truly magical visual experience!
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