Ever since Lyon was founded, “light” has held a special place in the city, therefore the “Festival of Lights” constitutes now a real institution of the city.
This tradition has its roots back in 1643, when the residents of Lyon asked from Virgin Mary to protect them from a dangerous plague, promising to build a statue in her honour at the top of the Fourvière hill. 200 years later, in order to thank Virgin Mary for saving them, the residents of the city placed thousands of candles on their windows.
The “Festival of Lights” (Fête des Lumières) is an international event that takes place every year early in December. To commemorate this event, for four magical evenings just before Christmas, the city lights up, the residents place colourful candles on the windowsills of their homes, and all these celebratory events make Lyon a pole of attraction for thousands of tourists.
The streets, the squares and the facades of the monuments, host artistic installations by visual artists as well as enchanting multimedia performances that transform the buildings into works of art, demonstrating Lyon’s unbelievable architectural heritage.
Light, symbolising the renewed identity of the city, takes visitors on a journey filled with magic and dreams, thus highlighting Lyon’s cultural heritage.
This year, the Festival of Lights will be held from December, 6 to December, 9 . Useful information about the schedule and the location can be found at the following link: www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr/en