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On Wednesday, 14 October 2020, Luxembourg City Mayor Lydie Polfer, Chief Alderman Serge Wilmes and Patrick Goldschmidt, Alderman for festivals and markets, announced details of the Winterlights festival, which has plenty of fun in store for the holiday season.
The festival will run from Friday, 20 November 2020 to Sunday, 3 January 2021. In order to comply with the public-health measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, things will be little different this year.
As such, the traditional sites have been reconfigured as follows:
- Food and drink may be consumed only while seated on the special "terraces" or in eating and drinking establishments with table service, in accordance with the current laws and requirements of the hospitality and catering industry.
- Only cold and sweet products (sweets, chocolate-dipped fruit, etc.) will be available to takeaway.
- Visitors may not bring food or drink onto the sites.
- Visitors must use hand sanitiser before entering the sites.
- Visitors must wear a mask at all times on all the sites, unless they are under the age of six or are seated on the special "terraces" or in eating and drinking establishments.
Programme and locations
Throughout the Winterlights festival, Luxembourg City and its 24 districts will be aglow with a sea of twinkling lights that will be on every day from 6:00 to 1:00, creating a warm and welcoming Christmas atmosphere.
This year, the Christmas markets will be extended to run from Friday, 20 November 2020 to Sunday, 3 January 2021. They will be open from 11:00 to 21:00 from Sunday to Thursday and from 11:00 to 22:00 on Friday and Saturday (closed on 24 and 25 December 2020) at the following locations:
- Place d'Armes
- Place de la Constitution ("Gëlle Fra")
- Place du Théâtre
- Place du Puits Rouge (Roude Pëtz)
- Place Royal-Hamilius (new)
- Grand-Rue (new)
- Rue de Strasbourg
Once again, there will be an ice rink on Place Guillaume II. This too will be different to previous years. Most importantly, the rink will cover a larger surface area in order to make it easier to adhere to social-distancing guidelines.
While the concerts and other traditional activities at the pavilion on Place d'Armes cannot take place due to the pandemic, the City plans to organise concerts and activities, including last year's "Poppentheater" (puppet theatre) and live music. All events will comply with the public-health measures introduced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The full Winterlights 2020 programme will be announced during a press conference in mid-November.