The tradition of the Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) dates back to 1852 and was initially a religious celebration. Over time, the celebration has become less religious and is now mostly focused on Light. Since then, however, one thing has remained: on December 8th, citizens of Lyon light up their windows with candles all over the city. With the addition of an impressive light show from December 7th to December 9th, Lyon is truly a magical place to be in December!
An impressive urban performance
Nowadays, the celebration has expanded to become a major event for the city. In a way, Lyon has become a European center for light exhibitions and performances. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the city to discover its numerous light installations.
Key highlights from the 2017 Fête des Lumières
In 2017, events will be taking place all over the city, in all districts, and the program will be centered around a number of specific themes or highlights: interactive installations, lighting installations, projections, live shows, street illuminations, participatory events, etc.
All the most emblematic places and monuments in Lyon present magnificent installations as is the case this year on the Place Bellecour (« Promenons-nous », « Mega-Candela »), on the Place des Terreaux (« Enoha fait son cinéma »), at the Théâtre des Célestins (« Vingt années lumière »), at the Théâtre Antique (Balāha) and many others.
On Fourvière hill, a huge installation which is visible from the restaurant of the Radisson Blu Lyon called « Time for Light » will be displayed. The entire hill will be appear sculpted by a magnificent light show and all the monuments will be redesigned: the quais, the Justice Palace, Saint-Jean Cathedral, the Rosaire Gardens and finally the Basilique de Fourvière. Fourvière will become one gigantic and beautiful painting where geometrical shapes and Aurora Borealis will mingle.
So, save the dates! The Festival will be taking place on December 7th, 8th and 9th, from 8PM to Midnight and on December 10th from 7PM to 11PM.
Lyon, city of lights
Apart from the Festival of Lights, the city of Lyon has put in place a special lighting program and is now at the forefront in urban lighting, inspiring many cities around the world. Lyon truly has changed the perception of urban landscape.
Radisson Blu Lyon, an enlightened rebirth
The Radisson Blu Lyon which stands out in the urban landscape at the top of the Part-Dieu Tower has had a chance to create its own Festival of Lights during its official opening ceremony in February earlier this year. A huge sound and light performance transformed the famous atrium of the hotel into a volcano of light and colors.
A special menu at the Celest Bar & Restaurant
On a similar note, at Celest Bar & Restaurant, guests will admire the unique decoration inspired by the constellations and the stars another way to celebrate the Light. And do not hesitate to reserve our special “Festival of Lights” Menu which will be available during the Festival of Lights. All information and bookings on our site.