Daytime plans for the Fête des Lumières 2018


How to spend daytimes during Lyon’s Festival of Lights 2018

Your nights in Lyon may be jam-packed during the Fête des Lumières, but don’t forget that there’s also plenty to do during the day! Here are our top suggestions. 


Museums and Galleries

Lyon has a rich history and consequently the city is full of renowned museums and art galleries. Popular museums include the Confluences Museum, the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation, and the Museum of Resistance.


Natural history museum of Lyon

Musée des Confluences © Dierk Schaefer

One exhibition recommendation is ‘Yokainoshima: Spirits of Japan’ at the Confluences Museum. The exhibition combines the photos of the French photographer Fréger with the museum’s wider Japanese collection to examine Japanese belief systems from their foundations to their manifestations in today’s world.

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Special art exhibitions that are worth checking out include the showcase of Bernar Venet’s art at the Musée d’art contemporain (Contemporary Art Museum of Lyon), the exhibition on Buffet’s works at the Jean Couty Museum, and the exhibition on art and peace at the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Christmas Market

Check out Lyon’s Christmas market, which is held at Place Carnot near Perrache train station. Here you can find artisan crafts, as well as mulled wine and seasonal treats such as spiced bread and roasted chestnuts.

Or if you fancy a less mainstream market, you could always take the metro up to Croix-Rousse and visit its Christmas market. It has many of the usual Christmas market stalls, and also gives visitors the chance to go ice skating.

Bellecour’s Big Wheel

Lyon's big wheel during a previous edition of the Festival of Lights

Lyon’s big wheel during a previous edition of the Festival of Lights

Why not take a ride on Bellecour’s big wheel? You get wonderful views: you can see as far as Fourvière and the slopes of the Croix-Rousse district, and even the city’s peninsula.

Music events

There is a big music scene in Lyon which is worth checking it out.

There are plenty of clubs and bars, all of which will be busy and have a great atmosphere during the Fête des Lumières.

One such bar is the ‘Rock n Eat’ bar, who are hosting three heavy metal bands on 8th December from 8pm, in case you want to escape the crowds and lights for an evening! Entry is free too, so if you’re a heavy metal fan- why not!

For the hardcore clubbers, why not check out COMAH at Le Petit Salon Club at 11:30pm-6:30am on the night of December 7th.

If clubbing isn’t for you, you could go see the James Bond Symphony. From 6th-8th December, The National Orchestra of Lyon will perform the music of James Bond at the Lyon Auditorium.


Events during the Festival of Lights

Basilique Fourviere - UNESCO in Lyon, France

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