Lantern Festival in Montauban: schedules, availability, prices… Everything you need to know about the event starting tomorrow

The official launch of the 5th edition at Cours Foucault is fast approaching. Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know to get the most out of this event and set sail on the “Yangtze Banks” in peace.

5e The Lantern Festival edition will open its doors this Thursday 1ster December from 18:00 on the Cours Foucault in Montauban for a magical journey “on the banks of the Yangtze”. For two months, visitors will be able to come and admire nearly 2,500 lanterns scattered across the 4.5-hectare site. A script specially developed for this publication will combine unpublished paintings around the rich Chinese heritage and visit the town of Montauban. The monumental sculptures were made on site by a hundred artisans from Sichuan province over the past two months. The main dragons and other pandas will also be there.

The festival receives thousands of spectators every year. Organizers have paid attention to the smallest practical details so that everyone can get the most out of the event. La Dépêche is a shareholder.

What are the visiting hours?

The festival will be held at the Cours Foucault, from 1er From December to February. The site will be open to visitors from 18:00 to 23:00 every evening, including weekends and holidays. Each evening approximately thirty volunteers will be on hand to welcome, inform and guide the public.

Where to park?

Four free parking spaces will be created near Cours Foucault. La Margue (1144 chemin de La Margue) and Bélondrade (avenue Fernand Bélondrade 64) will be connected by a free shuttle system accessible to people with reduced mobility. They will connect to the festival grounds every ten or fifteen minutes, daily from 5:00 PM to 12:30 AM without a shuttle. Allow about twenty minutes on foot to reach Cours Foucault.

In addition, a small free train will offer a circuit from the city center to the festival from 17:00 to 23:00, leaving it at the Festival; return to Allée de l’Empereur). A bicycle parking lot will be created in the immediate vicinity of the area.

How to access the site?

The entire park will be accessible to people with reduced mobility. There will also be a dedicated entrance at the corner of Rue du Corp Franc Pommies and avenue du 10.e Dragons. The main entrance for the general public will be on the other side of the park.

How to make a reservation? At what prices?

Dated and undated tickets can be reserved through the festival’s website ( Different prices are offered. For tickets with a date: €17 (regular price), €15 (residents of Greater Montauban, RSA and PMR beneficiaries), €13 (students, teenagers aged 11-17); for dated tickets: €19 (regular price), €16 (Grand Montauban residents, RSA and PMR beneficiaries), €15 (students, teenagers aged 11-17). Admission is free for children under 11 and people with reduced mobility. An unlimited pass is also offered for €45.

There will be a point of sale at the entrance of the festival. Please note: Dated tickets will not be available for D-Day, only non-dated tickets.

What to see? What to do?

It will take about two hours to walk and admire all the lanterns, which are divided into about fifty tables. Among the main features of this edition: a reproduction of the famous Yellow Crane tower (22 m high and 40 m long), a phoenix with an endless fire tail, or an impressive basin made entirely of porcelain, baptized Les Neuf dragons (8 m). high for a diameter of 7 m).

Every night at 19:30, 20:30 and 21:30, four Sichuan Opera artists will put on an amazing show. Their specialty: they can change faces up to 30 times for each performance! There will also be a Chinese craft market.

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