Lyon Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières)

Lyon Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières)
Start EndEvent Type
5 Dec 20198 Dec 2019Traditional Festival
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The Festival of Lights (Fête des lumières) in Lyon is an annual festival that expresses gratitude toward Mary, mother of Jesus and starts around December 8th each year.

The Festival of Lights 2019

Traditionally, every house in Lyon during this festival place candles along the outsides of all the windows in order to produce a spectacular effect throughout the streets.

Lyon Lights Festival
For four nights a variety of different artists light up buildings, streets, squares and parks all over the city. Over 50 unique light installations create a magical and unforgiving atmosphere in Lyon.

Fete des Lumieres
Fête des lumières is quite a popular festival where millions of visitors, both French and abroad enjoy the friendly and joyful spirit of this amazing event.

Lyon is a major center of urban lighting, including both temporary and permanent lighting projects. The Lighting Plan dates back to 1989. Light is no longer used just for security purpose; it has become an essential component of the urban environment as well.

Light Festival Lyon
The people of Lyon decorate their windows and balconies with thousands of lights and candles. Over the years, the festival is mutated into an outstanding urban event. The Festival of Lights in Lyon attracts 3 to 4 million people each year.

Festival Lighting Pac-Man
Thanks to the festival organizers, the Festival of Lights uses only 0.1% of the annual energy consumption of the city’s urban lighting.

Pont Wilson Fête des Lumières
This bridge (Pont Wilson) over the Rhône was first illuminated in the 1989 light plan. In 2015 it was given a makeover in order to harmonize its lighting with the neighboring district and monuments as well.

Video: Lyon Light Festival 2018 Recap