Hundreds of thousands of LED light diodes, large light sculptures, kilometers of light chains and decorations. This is offered by the exhibition called Lights Tell, which can be seen on the ramparts of the Pardubice castle.
“From November 7 to January 7, 2024, the Pernštejn fortifications will come to life with hundreds of thousands of lights. It will be open daily from 4 to 9 p.m. We are also thinking about ecology, 400 thousand lights use the most modern technology and thus do not consume more energy than a regular washing machine with an energy label A,” reads the invitation of the organizing agency Máša agency.
In November, the entrance fee for an adult will be 150 crowns on weekdays, and 200 on weekends. Children from three years of age and seniors over 62 will pay 100 and 150 crowns. And in December, prices will go up. A normal ticket will cost 250 crowns during the weekend and 700 crowns for a family ticket. And the entrance fee was one of the reasons why some Pardubice representatives did not want to provide a subsidy of 200,000 to the event.
“It is a normal commercial event, the organizer does it for profit. I don’t understand why we should give them public money for this,” said representative for Naše Pardubice Filip Sedlák.
He was not the only one who did not want to send money to Maša’s agency, but in the end the opposite opinion prevailed. “The organizers have chosen an ideal place, as the castle is within a pleasant walking distance from Pernštýnské náměstí, where the Advent markets will be held,” says Deputy Mayor Jiřina Klčová from the ANO movement.
The organizers state that the total costs of the exhibition are in the order of several million crowns. “Nevertheless, we managed to keep ticket prices at a reasonable level. People will even pay less for a unique exhibition than for a movie in a cinema,” he said Vítězslav Poláček from Decoled company.
By connecting the exhibition with the new form of Advent markets in Pardubice, the company wants to offer Pardubice and people from Eastern Bohemia a unique Christmas experience. The new attraction is expected to increase the interest of tourists between Prague and Ostrava.
In addition, in December, in cooperation with Pardubice Castle, a rich accompanying program is prepared – a Christmas trail for children, an exhibition of gingerbread molds and sales and craft stalls in the main courtyard every December weekend.