Celebrate the “Festival des Lumières” in Lyon for sparkling nights!

The festival of lights known as “Le Festival des Lumières”  is actually celebrated on 8 December, but today it has become a world-class event and is celebrated during 4 days this year from 6 to 9 December 2013 .

Why December 8 ?
December 8 is the inauguration of the statue of the Virgin Mary on the hill of Fourvière , since 1852.
The people living in Lyon decorate their windows and balconies of ” candles ” , protected by small votives candles.

In some figures, the Festival of Lights in Lyon is:
4 days of entertainment in all neighborhoods of the city, innovative and surprising light shows
70 sites revisited by 120 artists (stylists, designers, photographers)
Between 3 and 4 million people each year through the streets of Lyon to appreciate the many decorations that illuminate the city.

Traditional places not to be missed:
Place Bellecour, The Cathedral St Jean, Place des Jacobins, Station St Paul, Place Bellecour to be the center of the party, The Town Hall

New places to explore this year:
– The tunnel of the Croix Rousse with an innovative establishment of highlighting of 1,8 km of tunnels .
– The new area of Confluence

The countries of honor this year :
China : Total immersion in the traditions Park Tête d’or
Mexico : a parade inspired from Alebrijes, chimeras of “paper mache” and carved wood. Before invading the banks of the Saône, masked creatures and giant puppets come to life at the gallery of Soils .

The shows are an opportunity to discover and rediscover the heritage and architecture of Lyon in a unique context .
The Festival of Lights was even awarded the trophy “Best Consumer Event 2006”.

It’s time to bring out the candles in your windows!