A first look at the 2018 Fête des Lumières

Published: 2018/11/09

What is to be expected at the 2018 Fête des Lumières

A press conference held on 9th November 2018 at the Hôtel de Ville gave guests a preview of the 2018 Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights). The world-renowned festival, which will be held in Lyon on the 6th-9th December 2018, promises to be just as amazing as the last few, focusing on innovative technology, and eco-friendly, emotive and interactive displays.


From 6th-9th December, the whole of Lyon will be transformed into a theatre of light, with many key monuments and areas of the city being embellished with light displays.

Lyon place des Célestins

Place des Célestins. Lyon Festival of Lights 2018.

There will be more than 80 light creations, covering 6 key themes: 1) dreams and mysteries, 2) unity, 3) natural energy, 4) childishness, 5) the art of experience, 6) Lyon inspiring the world.

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5 Highlights at the 2018 Fête des Lumières

‘Présages’ (‘Omens’) at the Parc de la Tête d’or.

This display will feature giant gold balls on the floor, majestic birds flying in the sky, and fireflies hanging in trees along the edge of the lake. It also tells a story, as a strange figure arises from the water, threatening the tranquility of the surroundings.

Lyon festival of lights parc Tete d'or

Lyon’s Fete des Lumières 2018 – Parc de la Tête d’Or. © Gauthe Periole

Reflets’ (‘Reflections’) at Fourvière Hill

Both ancient and contemporary images of Lyon will be reflected onto buildings from the Palais de Justice to Saint-Jean cathedral to create an abstract picture.

Fourvière hill. Lyon Festival of Lights 2018.

‘Pigments de Lumière’ (‘Light Pigments’) at Saint-Jean cathedral

Saint-Jean Cathedral will be lit up with a selection of abstract paintings, created by diffusing pigments, inks, and flowers in water, to produce a psychedelic mix of colours.

Saint-Jean Cathedral.

‘Une petite place pour de grands rêves’ (‘A small place for big dreams’) at Place Bellecour

Bellecour square will represent a child’s dreams, featuring the Anooki – two characters inspired by Inuits, and an illuminated wheel.

Place Bellecour in Lyon

Anooki character on place Bellecour. Lyon Festival of Lights 2018.

‘Pavillon’ (‘Pavilion’) at Place des Terreaux

At the Place des Terreaux, there will be a large twinkling canopy.


How to find out more about the 2018 Fête des Lumières

More information can be found on the official website and you can also download the official Fête des Lumières application. This is Lyon is also releasing tips and information in the run-up to the festival.