6x Beginner's tips for the Lichtjesroute
Like every year, 18 September marks the start of the Lichtjesroute. For three weeks, Eindhoven is beautifully lit up at night, by ornaments on a 22-kilometer route. Is this your first time? Let’s get you started with some beginner’s tips!
A little bit of history
The origin of the Lichtjesroute lies in the liberation of Eindhoven by the Allied Forces on 18 September 1944. In 1945, at the first commemoration of the liberation, a Party Lighting Committee was formed. The intention of the committee was to use light to enhance the celebration. The people of Eindhoven were asked to help light up their homes. Because materials were scarce so soon after the war, a candle in front of the window was the most obvious choice. Since then, the Lichtjesroute has slowly turned into the route we know today.
After the annual Fakkeldefilé (torchlight show), which is only accessible online for the public this year, the lightbulbs are traditionally lit on 18 September and burn until the second Sunday of October (this year 11 October) at 10.30 pm. Burning hours are from 19:00 to 22:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday and from 19:00 to 23:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Districts and themes
The Lichtjesroute runs for the most part through the districts of Stratum, Strijp, and Woensel. There are various themes that are adapted to the surroundings. For instance, Halvemaanstraat always shows crescents and you’ll find constellations in Vaartbroek, where the street names refer to Greek and Roman mythology. Good to know: before you head off to Woensel and the ever-popular Duck Pond this year, we have to disappoint you, it is not available to visit this year. Fortunately, there are plenty of other light objects to enjoy!