Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Festival of Light in Lyon


Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 12th annual Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) in Lyon, France, from December 8 to 11, 2010.

This fascinating display of lights coincides with the holiday season yet is not dedicated to such. It's a display of talented designers, producers, architects,and artists whose work lights up Lyon's public areas for four beautiful and enchanting nights.

Displays are created amongst the natural beauty of the city including gardens, squares, bridges, courtyards, and along the banks of the Rh
ône River and the Saône River.

This year's program will highlight young and contemporary artists who will express their creativeness to the nearly 3 million visitors who will stroll the streets of Lyon during the fête. A few artistic examples include:
  • Parc de la Tête d’Or: following a path of fire,visitors will encounter unicyclists, tight-rope walkers, and even robots
  • Fontaine Bartholdi: visitors will be shown luminous creatures of multi-colored dragons, Chimera, and horses
The Fête des Lumières is a wonderful way to explore the city of Lyon in all it's glory; it's especially good for the first-time visitor so as to get a feel for the different districts and architectural heritage of Lyon.

If you're traveling from Paris, it will take approximately 2 hours by TGV to arrive at Lyon. And while you're in Paris, don't forget to take advantage of the Paris Pass which provides 60+ Attractions - 1 Ticket.


For more information on the Festival of Lights in Lyon, visit Fête des Lumières.

Flickr.com Photo Credits:
  1. Lyon - France - Fourvière house of Adam's Family by bozzo2m
  2. Fête des Lumières 2009 : Grande roue byPierre Guinoiseau
  3. Les Hommes Debout, Fête des Lumières 2009, Lyon place Ballanche by Zoolette DesBois

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