Lyon Light Festival

Lyon Light Festival – Fête des Lumières

Every year, there is one so magical event in Lyon. A few days where the city is illuminated by hundreds and hundreds of lights.
This is truly when the holidays spirit starts. With the famous Lyon Light Festival called “La Fête des Lumières” in French.

It all started on December, 8th, in 1852. On this day, the city of Lyon was inaugurating the statue of the Virgin Mary which is overlooking the whole city from the Fourvière hill. There were fireworks in the sky, music in the streets… and lots of Lyon inhabitants decided to put little candles (“lumignon” in French) in front of their windows so the whole streets would be enlightened. And so they did. Every year on December, 8th. And so the Festival was born. Artists and engineers created lights shows. And movies that are thrown on Lyon monuments. And even more!

Lyon Light Festival

This is the place where everything becomes possible. The biggest difficulty when you come to the Festival of lights Lyon? It is to choose which performance to watch. And which street to wander. Because there are many beautiful spots to see. And so the best idea to have is to find a hotel in Lyon city center to stay a few days so you can enjoy the “Fête des Lumières Lyon” on several days! But if you still need some advices for this year festival… and if you want not to miss the more remarkable shows… Just follow my steps!

Lyon Light Festival: Bellecour Place

Lyon Light Festival

Bellecour Place, where the magic begins. The most famous place of Lyon is changed into an illuminated meadow with birds. Or even flying fishes when the meadow turns into an ocean of blue lights. A truly poetic performance.

Lyon Light Festival: Street of La République

Lyon Light Festival

Along the central street of La République, you can be astonished to catch sight on three robotic arms like the ones you can see in a lot of factories. Three robotic lamps which come to life in a musical performance. Dancing and looking at each other like two dancers would do.

Lyon Light Festival: Bellecour

Lyon Light Festival

If Bellecour is the most famous place of Lyon, the show on the place of Les Terreaux is unquestionably the most eagerly awaited performance. An animated film is thrown on two very beautiful Lyon buildings : Les Beaux Arts museum and the city hall. Colors and shapes fit every details of the architecture, and a story emerges. This year, this is a behind the scenes story. A way to pay tribute to every engineers who are making the festival possible. And it’s a very poetic and dreamy performance, as usual.


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Pictures were taken by Louise Grenadine. Please check out her instagram: @louisegrenadine and her blog.

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