Habits de Lumières: The Festival in France

The "Habits de Lumières" fes­ti­val in France is unques­tion­ably one of the most cap­ti­vat­ing sights and takes place from December 8th to 10th, 2023, in Épernay. This extra­or­di­nary fes­ti­val in the cham­page region attracts fes­ti­val enthu­si­asts from all over the coun­try and is the pin­na­cle of the Advent sea­son in Épernay. This des­ti­na­tion in France offers a unique com­bi­na­tion of cul­tural attrac­tions and fes­tive high­lights, mak­ing it the per­fect oppor­tu­nity for a week­end or day trip in France dur­ing christ­mas time.

Key points sum­ma­rized:

  • "Habits de Lumières" is an impres­sive fes­ti­val in Épernay, tak­ing place from December 8th to 10th, 2023.
  • The fes­ti­val trans­forms the city into a sparkling won­der­land with thou­sands of lights.
  • It marks the begin­ning of the Christmas sea­son in France and high­lights French Christmas tra­di­tions.
  • In addi­tion to the fes­ti­val in France, the Champagne region offers champagne tast­ings, vis­its to his­tor­i­cal sites, and river cruises on the Marne.
  • A unique expe­ri­ence dur­ing your week­end or day trip in France

What Highlights at the fes­ti­val in France can you expect?

During the "Habits de Lumières" fes­ti­val in Épernay, the cap­i­tal of Champagne, is aglow with enchant­ing lights. The streets and build­ings are adorned with thou­sands of lights, turn­ing the city into a fairy­tale set­ting. This is undoubt­edly one of France's high­lights, attract­ing vis­i­tors for a week­end vaca­tion in December from the entire Champagne region and beyond.

Cultural events such as street the­ater, con­certs, and dance per­for­mances ensure that the streets of Épernay come alive. Gastronomy also plays a sig­nif­i­cant role, as the region is known for its culi­nary delights and champagne dishes. In restau­rants and shops, you can savor regional spe­cial­ties. A def­i­nite high­light of the fes­ti­val is the spec­tac­u­lar fire­works that trans­form the sky over Épernay into a col­or­ful spec­ta­cle, pro­vid­ing a grand finale.

The fes­ti­val is an oppor­tu­nity dur­ing your December week­end get­away to expe­ri­ence the fes­tive atmos­phere of the Champagne region, taste champagne, and enjoy the cul­tural diver­sity of the city of Épernay.

Why is this Festival of France a spe­cial attrac­tion?

The "Habits de Lumières" event in Épernay is a unique advent fes­ti­val and marks the begin­ning of the Christmas sea­son in France. During the week­end in the Champagne region vis­i­tors can fully immerse them­selves in the fes­tive mood and look for­ward to unique expe­ri­ences that high­light French Christmas tra­di­tions. This fes­ti­val nearby Reims pro­vides an oppor­tu­nity for a day trip to Épernay and is one of the promi­nent attrac­tions in France.

What to do in France besides the Festival?

During your week­end trip to France, you may be won­der­ing: What to do in Épernay dur­ing the pre-Christmas sea­son? Épernay itself has many attrac­tions to offer. The Avenue de Champagne with its mag­nif­i­cent champagne houses is not only famous in Épernay but is one of the many pop­u­lar attrac­tions in France that you shouldn't miss. During the event, the Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church also becomes a focal point as it is bathed in fes­tive lights. Furthermore, you can expe­ri­ence impres­sive Advent mar­kets and Christmas fes­tiv­i­ties in Épernay, where you'll find local crafts­man­ship and deli­cious Christmas treats. Insider tip: The Advent mar­ket in Reims.

In the Champagne region, there is much to expe­ri­ence, from champagne tast­ings in the famous champagne cel­lars, his­tor­i­cal sites like Reims and Troyes, to impres­sive river cruises on the Marne. Your visit to Épernay and the "Habits de Lumières" fes­ti­val will become an unfor­get­table cul­tural jour­ney through France.

Where can I find accom­mo­da­tion for the fes­ti­val in France?

For wine enthu­si­asts and trav­el­ers in December still in search of a unique hotel near Épernay, we rec­om­mend our LOISIUM Champagne in Mutigny. The accom­mo­da­tion is nes­tled amidst the pic­turesque Champagne vine­yards, just 19 min­utes from Épernay. Combine your fes­ti­val expe­ri­ence with the explo­ration of the Champagne vine­yards and enjoy an unfor­get­table stay in this stun­ning region of France.


Overall, the city of Épernay, with its "Habits de Lumières" event, one of the most pop­u­lar fes­ti­vals in France, offers a unique com­bi­na­tion of France's cul­tural attrac­tions, fes­tive high­lights, and culi­nary delights. A visit to Épernay and is the ideal rec­om­men­da­tion for those in search of events and excur­sions dur­ing their December week­end or day trip in France and pro­vides an unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence for those look­ing to expe­ri­ence French Christmas cul­ture and the beauty of the Champagne region.

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