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Gilles Flouret, Chargé de projets centre-ville - Fête des Lumières à la Ville de Lyon
Atrium de l'Hôtel de Ville - Fête des Lumières
Vue sur Fourvière des quais de Saône - Fête des Lumières
Cour des Voraces - Fête des Lumières
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The Festival of Lights: December, 2017

Gilles Flouret, Project Manager of the Festival of Lights

Gilles Flouret, Project Manager of the Festival of Lights in Lyon

Having longed for the opportunity to present Lyon as the city of lights. It finally became possible on the 8th of December 1999. The festival of lights as we know today, now lasts 3 days and is internationally well-known.

When did the Festival of Lights commence in Lyon?

The Festival of Lights originated in the inauguration of the statue of the Virgin Mary on Fourvière hill scheduled for the 8th of September in 1852. However, the event was postponed due to the the bad weather. To celebrate this inauguration, the local inhabitants took to the streets with illuminations of all sorts, usually candles and lanterns. This tradition has remained an annual festival known as the 8th of December where the people of Lyon place votive candles on their window sills. Having longed for the opportunity to present Lyon as the City of Lights. It finally became possible on the 8th of December 1999. The Festival of Lights as we know today has now become more contemporary with modern lighting becoming the norm along with creative themes of music and theatre allegories. The festival lasts four days and is known worldwide.

What can you see during the Festival of Lights?

The whole city is lit up, this is an exceptional moment! There are four types of projects: luminous objects usually placed around public squares or around monuments, cathedrals and other areas. It also highlights spectacular buildings with projections of sound & light. Usually, there are allegorical themes which are projected onto local monuments teeming with 3D lighting effects and movement.

Why visit Lyon during the Festival of Lights ?

The Festival of Lights is an extraordinary moment in Lyon! You can explore the history and its heritage in a unique way. It's is a delight to see moving objects and light effects light up on  walls of some of the most beautiful buildings in Lyon. The event is truly magical to see 3D fantasy themes which include locals and tourists alike carrying lamps and other illuminations walking down the streets, it is quite inspiring! You will discover the joys of Lyon and enjoy the four day event packed with mystery and charm.

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Fête des Lumières 2016 Lyon Festival of Lights

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

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