Christmas Season in Graz : Light Show Lumagica in Frohnleiten near Graz

What is Lumagica? When I first read about my friend’s suggestion to visit a light show called Lumagica in the Graz region, on the grounds of the Murhof Golf Club near Frohnleiten, I was immediately excited. I just LOVE attractions like these! It started early, with a unique “Son et Lumière” (sound and light show) at the Mont Saint Michel monastery in France when I was 15 years old (yes!). A memory so impressive it stayed with me for all these years!

During my subsequent travelling life, I was able to admire many more such sound and light installations around the world, for example in the Arab Emirate of Sharjah, on the Costa Brava in Girona or in Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of Bulgaria.

Now also closer to home, near the Styrian capital city Graz.

Getting to the Lumagica light show: It takes about half an hour by car from Graz, but there is a free public shuttle from Frohnleiten S-Bahn station to and from the Lumagica light show.

Getting to the Lumagica light show: It takes about half an hour by car from Graz, but there is a free public shuttle from Frohnleiten S-Bahn to and from the Lumagica light show.

 

Lumagica: A 1.5 kilometre loop light trail (wheel chair accessible) across the golf club Murhof near Frohnleiten.

In the end, my friend Su and I end up taking a good hour to walk around the grounds of the Murhof Golf Club; that’s how much we were captivated by the light attractions. So don’t forget warm winter shoes and clothing! At the end of the tour, a visit to some of the adjoining huts, where you can buy warm food and drinks, helps against feeling cold.

Pleasure stations before entering the Lumagica light show. Convenient: The Murhof Hotel & Restaurant, which is also connected, complements your visit with the possibility of having dinner here right away.

Food trucks before entering the Lumagica light show. Convenient: The Murhof Hotel & Restaurant, which is also right nearby, complements your visit with the possibility of having dinner on site.

 

The entire tour is at ground level, so it’s easy to navigate with prams or wheelchairs, for example.

What I like very much is that some of the light attractions “interact” with us, i.e. they change colour or intensity when touched! A few of them also offer spectacular sound and light shows, and one light dragon even breathes fire – but I don’t really want to tell you any more than that, because you should go and see the whole thing for yourself. 😉

The Lumagica light show is currently on until 8 January 2023 and will continue for the next four years if you can’t make it this season.

Here are a few of my personal highlights from the Lumagica light show.

Das emblematische, leuchtende Pferd ...

The iconic light horse …

 

... Wölfe, die den Mond anheulen (sie heulen tatsächlich!) ...

… wolves howling at the moon (they do so indeed when walking past them ..!) …

 

... eine magische Pferdekutsche wie aus einem Märchen ...

… a horse-drawn carriage like out of a fairy tale (and yes, you may sit in it, too) …

 

... ein Leucht-Traktor, wie er meinen dreijährigen Sohn gewiss ganz und gar verzückt hätte ...

… a light tractor that my three-year-old son would have loved, had he joined us …

 

... und schließlich, zum Abschluss, ein gutes Glaserl Wein natürlich!

… and finally, of course, a regional feature with a toast to the lovely Styrian wine!

 

In times like these: Further details on the Lumagica light show’s energy balance.

Yes, even (or especially) a light show like the Lumagica has to answer questions about its energy balance. I find it all the more interesting that this is actually given great importance on the homepage of the light show. Check out this page for further reading; I find it doesn’t have an English version but you can easily run it through a translation software of your choice.

Finden wir beide gut: The perfect Selfie Spot am Ende des Rundgangs mit dem typisch-grünen Steiermark-Herz!

Su and I at our preferred Lumagica selfie spot.

 

Travel Video about my experience of the Christmas Season in Graz (including Lumagica footage).

I’ve produced and recorded the following travel video myself, including vivid impressions of my journey through the Lumagica light show as well as the Christmas season in Graz. Enjoy!

 

More information and event tips for the Christmas season in Graz can be found here. My next travel post will tell you more about where to stay and eat, and what to do in order to make the most out of the pre-Christmas season in Graz.

Check out all of my Lumagica and Graz Christmas photos in the gallery:

 

Disclaimer: I have been invited on this trip by the City of Graz Tourism Board. All opinions are my own.

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