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Christmas illuminations in BrittanyFive sparkling night-time routes

Christmas illuminations in Brittany

From the end of November, Brittany lights up in anticipation of Christmas, with rows of garlands, illuminated façades and light displays: Five night-time walks for festive winter moments.

Dream, poetry and colour

Pont-Aven, from 4 December 2021 to 9 January 2022

When night falls as Christmas approaches, Pont-Aven dresses in its very own palette of colours and lights. An invitation to dream and to discover, the night-time walk takes you through tastefully illuminated squares, narrow streets and façades. The walk continues to the Aven river, with its bridges, wash houses and rocky chaos. A pathway of luminous emotions comes to life against a magnified natural backdrop. And to prolong the magical moment, galleries and shops are open late every Friday and Saturday in December. Let there be light!

Pont-Aven in light

Water colours

Quimper, Passeurs de lumière, from 3 December 2021 to 2 January 2022

From early December, Quimper puts on a show of light, where water is the theme for a festival of light with a difference. Dazzling Place au Beurre and Place Terre-au-Duc. The cathedral façade is decorated in flamboyant colours for a magical and surprising journey between dreams and imagination. A sparkling introduction to the festivities!

Passeurs de lumière

A winter’s night with a flavour of springtime

Landerneau, from 2 December 2021 to 2 January 2022

This new edition of “A winter’s night” is an ode to nature. While insects and flowers parade over the façade of Saint-Houardon church, chrysalids pulse iridescently in Rue de la Fontaine Blanche. On Place du Général de Gaulle, they have become turbulent butterflies with transparent wings, and on Rue du Pont they are once again plump caterpillars. A gardener gets to work in his luminous greenhouse in the middle of the River Elorn, while a little further on, the church of Saint Thomas is adorned with a jumble of flowers to nourish the bees. A poetic, luminous and ecological itinerary that will reveal the treasures of the old town in a new light!

A winter’s night in Landerneau

In Beauport, the ruins of the abbey in flames

Paimpol, from 18 December 2021 to 2 January 2022

Pink, orange, turquoise blue… the atmosphere is mysterious and captivating! Magnified by the flickering candles and surprising interplays of shadow and light, Beauport Abbey projects the wonder and spirit of Christmas. From the cloister to the abbey church, from Salle aux Ducs to the gardens, subtle coloured effects highlight an arch here, a sculpted decoration there… A magical moment to savour, well wrapped up in the biting cold of a December night!

Christmas in Beauport

Archways of light for a night-time stroll

Rochefort-en-terre, from 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022

What if miracles really came true? In one of the favourite villages of the French, streets and alleys sparkle as soon as the sun sets. Father Christmas might well make an appearance under some light and dainty snowflakes! From the monumental church to the the castle park, the setting is perfect for a night-time stroll. Veils of light, garlands, icicles and shimmering cloths frame the ancient façades in authentic, delicate and creative decorations.

Christmas in Rochefort


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