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Lyon’s Fête des Lumières starts tonight thru Dec. 11th

Lyon is a wonderful city with a rich culture and history as well as modern innovative industries, world class food, museums, parks and architecture, not to mention the host to many events and the site of Interpol. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as I posted before.

Its most famous event is the annual Fête des Lumières (“Festival of Lights”) which each year attracts an estimated 3 million visitors over a span of 4 days for a magnificent light show. Consider that the population of the Lyon metro area is about 1.7 million, and you realize how big that number is. I’ve been the past couple years and it’s definitely worth it. The only thing annoying is the crowds, but that’s expected. You can see some pictures from last year’s event at BBC. It has its origins when the people of Lyon lit candles to thank the Virgin Mary for saving the city from the black plague. Now it’s since 1999 a modern light show with the main sites of the city the objects of dramatic and sophisticated light animations with colorful lasers, layered digital graphics and world-renown technology. It’s really quite remarkable (the picture above is of this square, Place des Terreaux). You can see a video of the scene here.

You can find more information on the festival’s background here, and the official festival site (available in English) as well. This page has a simple list of main sites to see as well as hours of the shows (notes below). December 8th, 10th, 11th will go from 6pm to 1am, and December 9th from 6pm to midnight.

The Lyon culture site has information on the festival as well (in French).

I know I’ll be going. Have a good time!

Bien d’autres illuminations et animations visuelles se dérouleront au coeur de la ville, comme à Ainay (dans le 2ème), Gerland (7ème), Confluence (2ème), Duchère et Vaise (9ème), Plateau (5ème), Plateau de la Croix-rousse (4ème), Foch (6ème), Guillotière (3ème et 7ème) et enfin l’Ile Barbe.

Les animations seront visibles de 18H à 1H les 8, 10 et 11 décembre et de 18H à minuit le 9 décembre.

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