5 Reasons to Visit Lyon during The Fête des Lumières

And it’s starting tonight!

If you have already seen this article from CNN entitled « 8 ways Lyon outshines Paris », then you already know that Paris isn’t the only French city worth visiting. Let me add a few things to this list. If you were to visit Lyon, I would recommend to do so during the « Fête des Lumières » (The Festival of Lights) which takes place on the 8th of December and the days before or after. Visit the official website: http://www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr/en.

¤ The Light Show in the borough of Vieux Lyon.

Don’t miss the show they put on in the historic part of the city. It’s usually very impressive because it is set against the gorgeous church « Eglise de St Jean ».

¤ The food

Lyon is famous for its local food and the Beaujolais wine. Sample some « bouchons« , « quenelles » and « saucisson brioché« !


¤ History and Secrets

I recommend you read this book to learn great tales about the past of this Roman city: « Guide secret de Lyon et de ses environs » (2 volumes available). It’ll even help you practise your French.

¤ Le marché de Noël

Don’t miss the Christmas Market located at « Place Carnot ». I highly recommend you stop by the Canadian stall for some Québec delicacies. It’s still French!

¤ The city that invented the 7th art

If you think Hollywood is the birthplace of cinema, think again! The French Brothers Lumière were the ones inventing the first ever camera. Don’t miss the Musée Lumière located at the Institut Lumière http://www.institut-lumiere.org/.


Bon voyage!