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 Festival of Lights from December 6th to December 9th, Lyon is truly a magical place to be in December! Discover why below.
An impressive urban performance
Nowadays, the celebration of lights 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. In 2017, events took place all over the city, in all districts, and the program was 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 it was the case last year on the Place Bellecour, on the Place des Terreaux, at the Théâtre des Célestins, at the Théâtre Antique and many others.
This year's event promises over 50 different light installations! The festival will take place on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of December, in the evening and until midnight in the heart of the city. Stay tuned to check out the 2018 program on the event site. Each year the districts of the city participate in the Festival around a common theme. On the Fourvière hill and the Basilica, visible from the Radisson Blu hotel, the big stagings are usually the highlights of the Festival, illuminating the city in an extraordinary way. A show not to be missed!
Captured during last year's festival from the 24H live camera atop the Radisson Blu Lyon!
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, so no matter the time you choose to visit, Lyon is an inspiring destination for a city break.
Radisson Blu Lyon: front row seats to admire the show
Located on the 32nd floor of the "Pencil Tower", the Radisson Blu is the perfect spot to enjoy the magic of the Festival of Lights. From its rooms, its Celest Bar & Restaurant and its meeting rooms, the panoramic view of Lyon is an exceptional show for guests. And the show is never ending! After a night of illuminations, when the sun rises on the city, the show continues...
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The design of the hotel - completely redesigned in 2016 - was developed around an aesthetic concept combining the sky, the view and above all, the light. A skylight naturally illuminates all floors of the hotel. The show is omnipresent, from dusk to sunset, not to mention the illuminations at night...
Learn more about the hotel's design through our interview with Michel Tréhet on photographing the Radisson Blu Lyon.
A special menu at the Celest Bar & Restaurant
On a similar note, at Celest Bar & Restaurant, guests can admire the unique decor inspired by the constellations and the stars: another way to celebrate the light! And do not hesitate to reserve the special “Festival of Lights” menu which will be available during the week of the event.