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The Lyon Festival of Lights 2016

Published on November 08 2016
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The City of Lyon has announced the return of its traditional Festival of Lights for the year 2016. From 8th to 10th October, the city will be transformed into a giant stage for this enchanting spectacle!
Fête des Lumières 2016
Official event poster – credits:

Last year, Lyon’s city council took the decision to postpone the Festival of Lights and instead organised a tribute to the victims of the attacks that had taken place in Paris on November 13th.

Having decided to revive the tradition, this year’s event will have a restricted running time, with the nightly illuminations starting at 20:00 and concluding at midnight. The location of the festival will also be limited to the districts of the Presqu’île, the Old Town and the site of the Ancient Fourvière Theatre. Despite these restrictions, the spectacle promises to be as magical as ever!

La fête des Lumières
© Ville de Lyon / F. Dimier


Over three days from 8th to 10th December, the city will become as one with the illuminations, offering a magnificent spectacle to the millions of visitors from France and beyond.

The centrepiece of the Festival of Lights is held on December 13th, a traditional day of celebration since 1852, when the city’s residents display tealights in their windows and on their balconies, and parade around the magic-sprinkled streets.

La Fête des Lumières
Place Bellecour during the 2014 edition – Rêves de nuit | Credits: M. Chaulet – City of Lyon

La Fête des Lumières
Saint-Jean Cathedral during the 2014 edition – Color or not | Credits: G. J. Plisson – City of Lyon

La Fête des Lumières
Regards, on the Fourvière hillside – December 8th, 2015 | Credits:

For those of you who are still making up their minds over whether to attend, the official Festival of Lights website has prepared their list of 8 reasons to (re)visit Lyon.
Our best addresses, as well as the cultural agenda, you will find everything you need to prepare your journey!