A veritable institution in Lyon, the Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) is an opportunity to (re)discover the city in a new, artistic and festive light. A taster of Christmas to come, it’s on from 8–11 December 2022.
Every December for almost 30 years, the city of Lyon has lit up with an explosion of light and colour. Streets, squares and façades of buildings come alive with art installations by lighting designers, visual artists and other video conjurors.
Visit the official site of the event for more information.
A secular tradition
The Fête des Lumières originated in 1643, when the city implored the Virgin Mary to protect her from the plague, promising to honour her with the construction of a statue at the top of the Fourvière hill. Two hundred years later, on 8 December 1852, when the statue’s inauguration was compromised by bad weather, the sky eventually – miraculously – cleared. To thank the Virgin Mary, the Lyonnais lit up their windows with thousands of candles, and the festival was born.