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Fête des Lumières 2017
Lumignons de la Fête des lumières
Cathédrale Saint-Jean, Unisson par Helen Eastwood et Laurent Brun
Collège Jean-Moulin, Guignol sur la colline par Ocubo
La colline de Fourvière - Time for Light par les Orpailleurs de Lumière
Gare Saint-Paul - Odysseus par Fishka Design
Grand Hôtel-Dieu - Rayonnement, par Laurent Langlois et Daniel Knipper
Place de la République, Les Pikooks, par Christophe Martine - Fête des Lumières 2017
Place des Jacobins - Golden Hours par Jacques Rival - Fête des Lumières 2017
Place des Terreaux, Enoha par Pixel n'Pepper - Fête des Lumières 2017
Fête des Lumières 2017 ©
Cathédrale Saint-Jean, Unisson par Helen Eastwood et Laurent Brun © Helen Eastwood et Laurent Brun / Ville de Lyon
Collège Jean-Moulin, Guignol sur la colline par Ocubo © Ocubo / Ville de Lyon
La colline de Fourvière - Time for Light par les Orpailleurs de Lumière © Orpailleurs de Lumière / Ville de Lyon
Gare Saint-Paul - Odysseus par Fishka Design © Fishka Design / Ville de Lyon
Grand Hôtel-Dieu - Rayonnement, par Laurent Langlois et Daniel Knipper © Laurent Langlois et Daniel Knipper / Ville de Lyon
Place de la République, Les Pikooks, par Christophe Martine - Fête des Lumières 2017 © Christophe Martine / Ville de Lyon
Place des Jacobins - Golden Hours par Jacques Rival - Fête des Lumières 2017 © Jacques Rival / Ville de Lyon
Place des Terreaux, Enoha par Pixel n'Pepper - Fête des Lumières 2017 © Pixel n'Pepper / Ville de Lyon

Lyon Festival of Lights

7-9 December 2017, in Lyon, from 8 pm to midnight and 10 December 2017 from 7 pm to 23 pm.

4 nights of utter enchantment

The Festival of Lights is one of Lyon's most famous Festivals to date. It broadcasts Lyon's heritage and creates an immense buzz throughout the city.

The Festival is spread over 4 days of pure magic. The city definitely lives up to its title as the city of lights and will not disappoint.

The Festival is innovative, intriguing and startling, and best of all free of charge.

The programme promises 4 nights of enchantment, each night brings a different theme, color scheme and vibe.

Designers from all over the world partake in the wonderful event. Video, Music and Sound effects are used to accompany the vibrant images dotted around the city.

The exceptional spectacle showcases the centre of the city at its best and incorporates buildings, rivers and places into the show. 

The best spectacle is located in the city centre.

This year, in 2017...

This year, the installations will extend up the slopes of the Croix-Rousse hill…
From the 4th to the 29th December 2017, don’t miss the Grand Hôtel-Dieu. Its monumental façade will finally be revealed, lit up by huge frescos that go back over the history of the building using trompe-l’oeil images.

New illuminations, luminous objects, monumental projections and immersive projects. Here are just a few of the projects to be discovered (soon available)

Here are some of the routes you can choose from…

  • The Presqu’île, from Place Bellecour to Place des Terreaux…

Stroll through a huge garden of coloured lights in Place Bellecour.
Take to the nearby interactive dance floor amid giant candles. Tonight, you’re the DJ!
In Place Antonin Poncet, walk through the lighted triangles that illustrate Einstein’s theory of relativity… keep going until you see the impressive façade of the Post Office, then on to the tower of the Clocher de la Charité, where you will be immersed in the thrilling and colourful world of video games!

Next, head for Place des Célestins and its Technicolor theatre, and set your watch to the whimsical time of the Jacobins fountain!

Walk up Rue de la République, with its strange "wisps", all the way to Place de la République, where luminous Pikook birds fly over the pool of water seething with light. A poetic world indeed.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the mechanical digger that serves as an aquarium in the Grolée area, before having a dance with the colourful characters of the Masomenos Dance Class, just a few steps further on.

On to Place des Terreaux, with its gigantic open-air 3-D cinema projected onto the front walls of the Hôtel de Ville and Fine Arts Museum. Here, you’ll get to see excerpts of great films, under the expert guidance of little Enoha and her cat, who add a dash of extravagance and humour to the experience.
Luxuriant vegetation scales the walls of the façades in the courtyard of the Hôtel de Ville!
Meanwhile, Place Louis Pradel, close by, has been inhabited by glowing fishermen…

  • The slopes of the Croix-Rousse

The slopes are punctuated with more intimate installations…
Head for Place Sathonay, where strange luminous spiders are busy weaving their webs… Then climb the steps of the Montée de la Grande Côte, to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the cinema and movie stars, and lose yourself in the mystifying play of lights and mirrors.

  • Vieux-Lyon, Saint-Just and Fourvière Hill.

Set out from the banks of the Saône near Place Bellecour and treat yourself to a superb panoramic view of the embankment in Vieux-Lyon and the hill in the background: Aurora Borealis swirl along the buildings along the embankment, the corners and columns of the buildings are redefined by lights, and vertical beams of light flash across the hillside in time to the music.

Cross the river Saône and walk to the cathedral. Its façade is redesigned in a myriad of colours, broken up and recreated in a number of different ways, in a synchronised ballet of music and light.

Take the funicular from Saint-Just to Antiquaille.
Guignol, the puppet, awaits your presence on the front wall of the Lycée Jean-Moulin. Carry on to the ancient Fourvière site: on the 8th of December, you can take part in the giant luminous fresco made up of a myriad of tealight candles or "Lumignons du Cœur". 
In the Grand Théâtre, follow Balaha, a magical horse straight out of a Hindu legend, who will take you through the centuries and across continents, all the way to the horse in Place Bellecour…

If you enjoy walking, make your way back down, following the moucharabieh screens along the Montée du Gourguillon towards Vieux-Lyon.
Stroll along Rue du Bœuf and admire the installations as you walk, all the way to Saint-Paul station. Here you can relive the various stages of the Odyssey portrayed in Street Art form against a background of contemporary music.
Go back to the Temple du Change, suffused by the light of the superimposed stained glass images depicting the various stages of the building’s history. 

Then cross the river Saône to meet the extraordinary "Lampadophores" who will be wandering along the embankment towards Place Bellecour.

If you are still not convinced, what better to do then to experience the mayhem yourself, Lyon awaits your visit.

You can plan your stay to suit your tastes and preferences, to ensure that your visit to Lyon is a success. You'll find well-situated accommodation to help you get the most from your evenings and plenty of ideas for visits, cruises and leisure activities to occupy your days at our booking centre. 

Check out the details of the programme and get practical info on what to expect on  www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr

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