What to do and see at the 2017 Festival of Lights Lyon

Lyon Festival of Lights

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PERIOD: 06 - 09 December 2018
PLACE: Lyon, France

La Fête Des Lumiéres, is the ceremony par excellence of Lyon and probably one of the most important in France. It is no coincidence that, every year, it welcomes more than 4 millions of visitors. Tourists, curious, or simple enthusiasts can discover a truly magical city.

Because the beauties of this city go far beyond the only one Lyon Festival of Lights. The metropolis, second largest in France only in Paris and Marseilles, has very little to envy to the same Ville Lumiére.

A truly unique and beautiful city, which the Fête manages to exalt in a truly magical atmosphere. From 8 to 10 December, Lyon becomes a sort of open-air museum.

The Lyon Festival of Lights is an event that dates back to 8 1852 December. That year a great ceremony was organized, complete with a band and fireworks, to inaugurate the new statue in honor of the Virgin Mary, protector of the city since 1643. Due to a violent storm the ceremony was canceled. The Lyons, however, did not let themselves be beaten down. So, they all decided to light the lights in front of their homes, as a sign of devotion. Imagine the spectacle of the city ... by candlelight. In the late afternoon they went down the streets of Lyon, singing and dancing to the cry of "Viva Maria".

Today, candles have been replaced by fantastic and modern plays of light. An incredible lighting system. A truly unique and wonderful visual show. Four thematic routes and a total of 41 installations will transform Lyon into a truly glittering city. You will be spoiled for choice.

Lyon Festival of Lights



An evocative itinerary, which develops for about 2,5 kilometers, which crosses the most significant places of the old city. In these magical places, you can admire the Vieux-Lyon district, like never before. The Théâtre Antiques Odéon, the Saint-Jean Cathedral, Gare Saint Paul, the Jean Moulin College, and many others.

Journey time of the tour, about 90 minutes.


Three thousand meters to discover the marvelous illuminated Côte Saône. A truly magical, beautiful and evocative route along Place Sathonay, Place Rambaude, Place des Jacobins and the splendid Place des Terraux

The travel time is about 2 hours.


The route stretches for around 2 kilometers, discovering the Côté-Rhône, crossing one of Lyon's landmark places: the Hôtel-Dieu. City Hall, Pace de la République and Place de la Bourse, are other unmissable places on the route. The Tour lasts around 60 minutes.


As the title suggests, a tour that represents a real escape to reach the beautiful Park de la Tete d'Or, in the 6o Arrondissement. It starts from Place Louis Pradel up to the park, for a total of 2 kilometers. The journey time is about an hour.

Cath. St Jean (2)

Photo, 2008 Gonedelyon


The light installations of the Lyon Festival of Lights are all really beautiful and evocative. In total, for the 2018 edition, there will be 41 works, hosted almost anywhere, even at the airport!

On the splendid Fourvière hill, the Teatro Antico Odéon hosts one of the most incredible and evocative installations. Yu Da Ba Jiao, it is an engaging journey inspired by traditional painting in southern China. Besides 4000 illuminated flowers, will be installed in the ancient Roman Theater, while the leaves move gently to the rhythm of Chinese music. One of the Top of the 2018 Lyon Light Festival. With Reflections, the multicolored reflections of the river illuminate the facades, along the quai Romain Rolland

Pigments de Lumière, is the extraordinary show that will illuminate one of the symbolic places of the city: the Saint-Jean Cathedral.

For the most romantic, in the picturesque setting of Place Sathonay, returns Lumignons du Coeur. You will experience charm and magic, including beautiful works in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere Les Amours En Cage, available until December 31, it is a journey inspired by the winds of the north that meet the winds of the south. The route is located along Rue de la République and Rue du President Carnot.

Next to the Place de l'Hôpital, in the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, Polychrome creates an extraordinary fairytale route through the garden of the Cour du Cloître. This reflexive and chromatic installation is lulled by the discreet song of the invisible birds, in a peaceful and harmonious universe. Hotel Dieu also hosts the opera reflections, which consists of three large reflecting monoliths.


Given the size of the city, choosing accommodation could be quite difficult. The offer is really vast. Consider also that during the period of the Lyon Festival of Lights, prices tend to increase even beyond 20%. Keep in mind that we are still in the Christmas period.

The area, undoubtedly, most fascinating is that of the district of Vieux-Lyon. A truly old-fashioned atmosphere, between Renaissance buildings and splendid squares; Place des Terraux, with its numerous monuments, is its emblem. Prices obviously rise; however, here you will be at the center of everything, well served, and full of bars for your nightlife. Take a look at this link to search for your ideal accommodation. The top of Kanoa.

Lyon, in any case, is served by an efficient integrated transport system. If the prices for the more central areas such as Vieux-Lyon, Croix-Rousse or Presqu'île are too expensive, you will find accommodation near the metro station. In this way, you will be able to run smoothly around the city. Find the list of all the facilities from here.

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