Festival of Light Spectacular light installations and shows Friday, January 19, 2018 - Sunday, February 18, 2018, 8:30 - 21:00

The Festival of Light will be continued in 2018! From January 19 to February 18, 2018, the Giant and its garden will be lit up by countless light installations – and not just in the outdoor areas.


This year, the Festival of Light starts already at 8:30 inside the Giant. As soon as it gets dark, at around 17:00, the seven-hectare garden starts to glow and creates a magic, mystical, and luminous atmosphere. To allow a longer experience of the spectacle, Swarovski Crystal Worlds is open until 21:00 (last entry: 20:00). 

On Thursdays, our Daniels Kristallwelten surprises with an exclusive “Light Gala” menu. On Saturdays, he playtower turns into a cool blacklight disco. Moreover, the spectacle can be admired from a unique perspective on the new Giant Ferris Wheel.

Discounted Eventing TICKET

Get your discounted evening tickets for the Festival of Light in our online ticketshop!
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Giant in light reflections: Lightfestival at Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens


  • Extended opening hours: Daily from 8:30 to 21:00, last entry: 20:00 
  • Light shows in the garden: starting at 17:00, every 15 minutes
  • On Thursdays: exclusive “Light Gala” menu
  • On Saturdays: family fun at the blacklight disco
  • daily: trip with the Giant Ferris Wheel 


Tel. +43 5224 51080

Discounted Evening Ticket

Get your discounted evening ticket for the Festival of Light from 17:00 onwards:
EUR 15.00 for adults, free for children up to the age of 14

When light tells stories

During the Festival of Light, the lights in Swarovski Crystal Worlds come to life every 15 minutes and tell one of three stories. These are accompanied by breathtaking visual effects and specially created sounds.

At the beginning of each story, a dream roulette takes a turn through the park because the Giant falls asleep and starts to dream.

During the shows, the visitors are accompanied by light figures in the shape of animals, which they encounter in various points in the park. Moose, squirrels, rabbits, and fireflies take on the role of narrator, guiding the visitors with humor and fantasy through the surreal, playful, and slightly crazy dreams of the Giant.

Playtower with laser light

Giant Ferris Wheel

Giant Ferris Wheel at Swarovski Crystal Worlds Wattens

When light takes you to dizzying heights

A special highlight of 2018 is the Giant Ferris Wheel, illuminated with 400,000 LEDs, which offers visitors completely new perspectives on traditional fair music.

Every day from 12:00 to 21:00, 24 gondolas bring up to 1,500 guests per hour to an elevation of 33 meters.

The trip with the Giant Ferris Wheel is included in the regular entry fee.

Photo Competition

Visitors who tag these snapshots on Instagram using the hashtag #LightUpTheGiant or submit them via e-mail or online form from January 19 to February 18, 2018, will take part in the associated photo contest.

You have the chance to win a pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars worth EUR 1,300, high-quality jewelry, and tickets to Swarovski Crystal Worlds. 

>> More information about the photo competition


Children having fun at the blacklight disco at Swarovski Crystal Worlds Wattens
Every Saturday: Fun at the blacklight disco

And our little guests won't come out short in 2018 either. They can look forward to the popular blacklight disco with UV colors and neon glow sticks that rock the playtower every Saturday from 17:00 to 21:00.

In addition, they can discover the Chambers of Wonder as part of the exciting Tour of the Giant. During the Festival of Light, this will be offered at a reduced price of EUR 10.00.

Ticket included in the admission price

>> More information about the blacklight disco

exclusive “Light Gala” menu

The restaurant in the evening during the Festival of Light
“Light Gala” menu at Daniels Kristallwelten on Thursdays

During the Light Festival, the magical light show can be watched daily until 21:00 (on fridays and saturdays until 23:00) at the Daniels Kristallwelten. Café & Restaurant.

You can choose from a special evening menu with the topic 'light' (hot meals served until 20:30, on fridays and saturdays until 21:30).


On Thursdays a special menu created specifically for the Festival of Light will surprise guests not only with flavorsome dishes but also with various special effects. The chef will be making creative use of light, smoke, colors, and flavors. 


  • Oliver Diem
  • Petra Lammers
  • Björn Hermann
  • Matt Flores

Technical Highlights 2017

  • ca. 500 floodlights  
  • ca. 1,000,000 lumens light intensity = more than 700 standard 100-watt light bulbs
  • ca. 5,000 meters of cabling = 15 times the perimeter of a soccer field
  • ca. 120 tons of equipment delivered in 3 truckloads