Festival of Lights

The “Fête des Lumières” is Lyon’s most popular event drawing 3 million visitors to admire the illuminations and nighttime light shows in December.

 

This tradition began on December 8th 1852 when the Catholic population celebrated Virgin Mary by lightning candles on windowsills.

Local still illuminate their windows but Lyon’s historical areas has become renowed contemporary light artists playground.

This Is Lyon guides you into this 2018 festival edition (6-9 December) : where are the unmissable illuminations, where to eat, what to do in the daytime, how to visit Lyon with fun ?

How it all began

The first light shows took place in Lyon on 8th December 1852 for religious reasons. Here’s the real story of the most popular event in Lyon.

how to reach Lyon city centre from Lyon Saint exupery airport

How to get to Lyon

Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport is just over 20 miles away from Lyon city centre. The ‘official’ ways to get to and from the airport are the Rhone-Express tram or taxi.

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