“Fete Des Lumières”: A Four Days Festival Of Lights That Makes Whole Lyon The Most Shining City In France


fete des lumieres lyon

On 8th December each year some people, somewhere in the world, celebrates the Immaculate Conception (the Virgin Mary) with a mass, a procession and some candles. But in Lyon another light comes and it’s made by humans for humans. The place becomes the city of lights in a four days festival called “Fete Des Lumières”.

This year, from 7th to 10th December, Lyon will astonish all visitors, from all around the world, with mesmerizing light attractions that make nights spectacular and memorable. For four days monuments, churches, buildings, rivers, streets, parks, squares and hills will become shining and colourful.

palace fete des lumieres lyon

This is a tradition that has been enchanting inhabitants and tourists since 1852 with lighting shows that enlighten all city corners and buildings front, all together, and the look is astounding and surreal. Until few years ago just citizens’ windows and balconies “came alive” with little lights. But recently the ‘shining virus’ is spreading all over the city. International artists, come here to create art  installations for an unforgettable game of colours and lights.

square fete des lumieres lyon

The walls of monuments become extraordinary ‘canvas’ for the creative artists who gather here to entertain the passers, like in an open theatre, with ‘bright paintings’ you can see only in Lyon. And if you like nature, you will feel included. Rhône and Saône rivers will offer special ‘watery stages’ where actors are made of colourful lights; Bartholdi fountain, in place des Terreaux, will offer an amazing water dance, embellished with colourful lights and good music.

street fete des lumieres lyon

Do you prefer more futuristic events? 3D animations will satisfy the more demanding people. For example, amazing installations on the walls of ancient Saint Jean Cathedral, will let the past meet the future, perfectly blended together like a master chef would do with his/her delicious cuisine.

church fete des lumieres lyon

This December 2017, people who visit Lyon, will feel immersed in a fairy tale reality thanks to 50 different light installations. To discover all of them and find more information you can read the official event website.

Have you ever been in Lyon during these days? How was your experience?


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