What to Do in Lyon in December 2018


December: a month characterised by chilly mornings, snow, and of course, Christmas. You won’t be short of things to do in Lyon in December to get you into the festive spirit. A must-see is of course the Christmas market at Place Carnot, where you can pick up artisan gifts for friends and family.

But if you’re looking to escape the cold, there’s plenty of exhibitions at Lyon’s museums, such as Yokainoshima, Spirits of Japan at the Musée des Confluences.

Don’t worry art-lovers, you’ve not been forgotten- you’re in for a real treat this December. Exhibitions include: Art, the way of peace at Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts, the showcasing of Bernard Buffet’s works at the Jean Couty Museum, and the exhibition on Bernard Venet’s works at the Musée d’art contemporain.

As you’d expect in Lyon, the festive season also calls for festive foods. Don’t forget to try raclette cheese, mulled wine, and ‘papillote’ chocolates- true cornerstones of Lyonnaise Christmas cuisine.

Things to do in December

Lyon’s Christmas Market comes to Place Carnot

Lyon’s Christmas Market will take place at Place Carnot from 24th November until 24th December.

Budapest’s Johann Strauss orchestra to perform in Lyon 

Budapest’s Johann Strauss Orchestra will perform a New Year’s Concert in Lyon on 30th December 2018.

shishi no kaisha charles freger at musee des confleunces in lyon

Discover Yokainoshima: Spirits of Japan at Musée des Confluences

Japanese spirituality from the beginning to now.

Bernar Venet’s works come to Lyon’s Musée d’art contemporain

The exposition, named ‘Rétrospective’ is featuring over 170 of Venet’s works, tracing his art from 1959 all the way up until the present day

Bernard Buffet exhibition at Lyon's Jean Couty Museum

Bernard Buffet’s works make an appearance at Lyon’s Jean Couty Museum

Lyon’s Jean Couty Museum will showcase some of Bernard Buffet’s artworks, a fellow 20th century artist from the branch of figurative French painting.

Le Transbordeur’s night of dub and hard music

Le Transbordeur will host a night of dub, trance and techno music on 21st December.

Bells and Spells takes to the stage at Lyon’s Célestins theatre

Bells and Spells will be performed at Lyon’s Célestins Theatre from 12th December until 31st December.

Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts has a new exhibition- Art, the way of peace

Lyon’s Fine Art Museum has a new exhibition on the link between art and peace.

Discover a Variety of Beetles at Lyon’s Musée des Confluences

The world of beetles comes to Lyon’s Musée des Confluences.

Lyon’s Maison de la Danse set to perform Carmen

Carmen will be performed at Lyon’s Maison de la Danse from 11th December until 15th December 2018.

Da Vinci’s inventions come to life in Lyon

From September 13th 2018 to January, La Sucrière in Lyon hosts an international exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci.

Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts Launches New Exhibition on Roman Emperor Claudius

The exhibition at Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts celebrates Lyon-born Emperor Claudius through more than 150 works.

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