A good way to start the New Year in Lyon
Epiphanie, Kings Cake Party on Three Kings’ Day
Don’t start your post-christmas diet before tasting one (or two) king Cakes on Three Kings Day (Epiphanie).
The traditional Christian food feast, which marks the coming and incarnation of Jesus Christ, is celebrated on January 6 throughout the month of January with family members, friends and coworkers.
The round shape (flat) cake known as “galette des rois” is usually made of puff pastry layers filled with an almond pastry cream called frangipane.
Every cake has at least one lucky charm figurine (formerly a bean). The youngest kid is often asked to sit under the table to call out a guest name when a slice is cut.
The guest who got it in his slice become the king of the day and must wear a gold cardboard crown.
You can buy king cakes in any local bakery, make the cake yourself or try some of the best galettes in town at Epicerie la mère Brazier, Partisan Boulanger, Sève, Kitchen Café, Délices des Sens or Bouillet.
Take Care of Yourself (and the Planet)
Veggie World Lyon, France’ biggest Vegan Fair at La Sucrière
Europe’s largest vegan trade show is back to Lyon the last weekend of January with exhibitors proposing hundreds of vegan food products, cosmetics, hygiene and fashion items or books.
The must-go event for veggies or anybody looking for a healthier lifestyle in the wake of the holiday break.
Visitors can taste vegetarian food from burgers to chocolate cookies, smoothies, waffles, asian dishes, energy bars or attend a series of conferences.
January 27-28 – 10am-7pm – La Sucrière – 49/50 quai Rambaud – Lyon 2 (Tramway T1 Hotel de Région -Montrochet). Fares : 12 Euros (online tickets at 10 Euros).
Post-Christmas Detox Party in Tete d’Or Park
Looking for a much-needed detox post-holidays party? Try a one-hour Boot camp outdoor training session in Tete d’Or Park with Multifaskool.
Cross-training sessions include muscle reinforcement and cardio trainings.
Boot Camp Detox Party (1h)– January 7 & 14 – 10am – Tete d’Or Park – 10 Euros.
Meeting point: Bus parking lot near the sport field behind the miniature golf course and Tete d’Or café restaurant (Entrance: Doua Campus / Boulevard Stalingrad).
Disney On Ice, Musical for Kids and Families
If you grew up watching Disney animated movies like The Lion King, Peter Pan or The Little Mermaid, you may have as much fun as your kids seeing the latest Disney on Ice musical.
An imaginary journey in the world of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Dingo, Simba or Pumba with infectious music that bring out your inner child.
January 10-14 – Halle Tony Garnier (Tramway T1 Halle Tony Garnier OR Subway B Debourg). Fares: 25/55 Euro .
Art, Music and Movies
Overnight Dance Party at the Lyon Fine Arts Museum
Lyon Fine Arts Museum starts the new year with its (now) traditional ball related to the ongoing modern art exhibition featuring the works of French and Mexican artists in the first half of the 20th century (Los Modernos).
Local choreographer Denis Plassard invite dancers from all levels on stage to live a unique artistic experience in the museum’s dining hall.
Three 45-minute choreographic performances, inspired by Mexican dances, are proposed throughout the night so any volunteer has the chance to show the world their favorite dancing steps.
The late event is an opportunity for art lovers to visit the exhibition: the rooms where the exhibition is on display is opened until 10 pm and several lectures are also scheduled.
January 5 – 6pm-10pm – Late opening at the Fine Arts Museum late opening general admission: 5 Euros (+ 3 euros to attend the ball).
Dances performances at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm (registration required).
Un soir à l’Eldorado, Silent Films and Live Piano Music at the Auditorium
The late January screening features a selection of sport scenes in silent films starting with the legendary boxing fight in Charlie Chaplin’s movie City Lights (1931) accompagnied with piano performances from French Polish-born composer Karol Beffa.
The event, hosted by Thierry Frémaux, manager of the Lumiere Institute and Cannes Film Festival, is part of the Institute’s annual programming around sport, literature and cinema.
January 22 – 8pm – Lyon Auditorium 149, Rue Garibaldi, Lyon 3 – 16 Euros. (Subway B Part Dieu, Tramway T1 Part-Dieu Servient)
Sweet Witness, Gospel Concert
Local gospel band Sweet Witness holds a concert on January 26 in the eastern suburb of Chassieu.
An (inspirational) spiritual and musical journey with traditional and contemporary hits from “Oh Happy Day” to “Total Praise”.
The former church choir, directed by Pascal Horecka, teacher at the University of Lyon and the Vienna conservatory, has also Caribbean and African influences.
The band includes up to 10 singers and 7 musicians. Some of the choristers have worked with gospel legends and leading French singers.
Sweet Witness Gospel Concert – 8pm – 69680 Chassieu – Karavan Theatre – 50, Rue de la République From Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie Subway Terminal: Bus 28 stop “Les Pyes” then Bus 68 stop “Chassieu Mairie” – 15/20 Euros.
Lyon Open Water Swimming race in the Rhône river
January 21 is not going to be a typical winter Sunday morning for local swimmers, divers and triathletes. 400 of them will be in the cold (and sometimes tumultuous) waters of the Rhone river for at least 90 minutes crossing the city from the Cité Internationale (Pont Poincaré) to Confluence (Pont Raymond Barre).
The 8-km fin swimming race, organized by Thalassa’s diving club, has become a tradition in the past 38 years.
Locals, market-goers and tourists can witness this unusual and spectacular sporting event and encourage the athletes from the left banks of the Rhone and the city bridges.
January 21 – Lyon Fin swimming race – Departure: 10 am – Pont Raymond Poincaré (Bus C1, C4, C5 Cité Internationale / Centre de Congrès or C2, C26, 70 Cité Internationale /Transbordeur). Finish line: Around 11.45 am – Pont Raymond Barre (Tramway T1 Musée des Confluences or Halle Tony Garnier).
Top Soccer Match, Olympique Lyonnais vs. Paris SG.
Soccer match-ups between Lyon and Paris have always been hotly contested and closely watched.
The excitement on both sides, the media pressure around the event are even higher this year as Paris tries to increase its (9-point) lead at the top of the French championship while Lyon is fighting hard to take the second place at the end of the season to secure its participation to next year’s European Champions League along with Monaco and Marseille.
The high-stake game may (hopefully) turn into a revenge for locals who lost the previous match-up in the Parc des Princes stadium back in September conceding two goals in the last quarter (two own goals to be accurate…) despite an overall strong showing.
A tough but not impossible challenge for Lyon. After all, Paris lost its first match of the season in early December against Strasbourg weeks after earning a valuable draw against Marseille in the stoppage time.
Top Soccer Game: Lyon (OL) vs. Paris (PSG) – January 21 – 9pm – Groupama Stadium French League Championship (stage 22).
LOU vs. CARDIFF BLUES, European Rugby Match
Lyon and Cardiff face off in Gerland’s Matmut stadium on January 18 in the last game of the European Challenge Cup’ group phase, the second most prestigious European inter-club rugby competition after the European Rugby Champions Cup. A high-stake game as both teams are still in course to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Meanwhile, it may still be an uphill battle for the red and black local team known as “le LOU”. The Cardiff Blues has a 4 point-lead over Lyon and won the first face-off 29-19 back in October.
LOU vs. CARDIFF BLUES – European Rugby Challenge Cup – January 20 – 5/30 Euros Matmut Stadium (Gerland – Lyon 7) – 353 Avenue Jean Jaurès – Subway B Stade de Gerland.