For three weeks, Liege hosts one of the oldest circus festivals in Europe. Since 1993, the festival brings together acrobats, clowns, and tamers to show how traditional circus arts should look like. The top artists from Germany, Italy, Poland, France, Ukraine, and many other European countries gather in Liege to show their art. The best are awarded during the closing gala show.
The festival program is rather intense as the number of participants exceeds one dozen. Every day, a two-hour show takes place in Parc d'Avroy. To attend the spectacle, adults are expected to pay between €20 and €45. The festival has proven to be a favourite event in Liege. In 2016, over 80,000 visitors attended the shows staged during the festival.
The festival is part of a series united under the name: “Liege, Christmas City.” For several decades, Liege has been promoted as a place to lift the Christmas spirit. Aside from the Circus Festival, the Christmas City also includes the Christmas village, an ice rink, an ice sculpture exhibition, and several other initiatives and activities that occur during the celebration of the winter holidays.