Lyon Festival of Light

2016 edition: full programme of the festival

This year Lyon’s Festival of Lights will take place within a vast secure area. Closed off by barriers, access is only allowed through around 40 gates.
Here is the best guide to the programm of this typical Lyon festival.


What to see during the 2016 Lyon Festival of Lights


The illuminations will begin at 8pm and last until around midnight. Our advice to you is to arrive early to avoid long queues and avoid bringing large bags which will be searched. This Is Lyon provides you with a guide to what’s happening within this secure area, which extends from Place Bellecour to Place de Terreaux and also includes the Saint Jean Quarter and Fourviere. There are also several attractions located outside the secure area.


Lyon Presqu’Ile, inside the security area

Outside the security area

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Lyon for Kids

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Religious events during the Festival of Lights

Lyon’s Festival of Lights originates from a religious ceremony in honour of the Virgin Mary. The majority of churches in the city will be open to the public during the celebrations.

Expositions to see

Paintings, drawings, photographs, street art….welcome to the great museums of Lyon

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.

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