The Festival of Lights: A tradition since the XIXth century
You may think winter is a rather dark and dismal season but the city of Lyon in France has been celebrating light during the winter months for hundreds of years. The light festival dates back to 1852 and initially was a celebration of the Virgin Mary. Over time, the celebration has become less religious and is now mostly focused on light. Since then however, one thing has remained – celebrating December 8th with as much light as possible all over the city.
An impressive urban performance
Nowadays, the celebration has expanded and improved to become a major event in the life of the city. In a way, Lyon has become a European center for light exhibitions and performances. Thousands of visitors visit the city every year to discover the numerous installations which decorate the city.
This Year’s Highlights
In 2016, events will be taking place all over the city, in all districts and the programe will be centered around a number of specific themes or highlights:
- Interactive installations
- Lighting installations
- Live Shows
- Street illuminations
- Participatory events
All the most emblematic places and monuments of Lyon will house these magnificent light installations. This year you can find these impressive light pieces on Place Bellecour (Jurassic Spark, Off Lines, Roboticum), Fourvière Hill (Sun), Place des Jacobins (Star Fountain), Confluence Museum (Chrystal Cloud) and many others. So, save the dates. The Festival will be taking place on December 8th, 9th and 10th, from 8PM to Midnight.
Lyon the 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 Joins the Celebration
More than ever, the Radisson Bly Lyon also stands out in the urban landscape as it contributed to the lighting of the city, its roof being blue during the first month of its opening. Besides, if you step inside the hotel, on the top floors of the Part-Dieu Tower, you will discover our outstanding atrium with its huge lighting decoration.
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 on December 8th, 9th and 10th.