11 December 2017

The dazzling lights of Lyon

lyon lights festival

The Festival of lights illuminates the French night


“Nighttime is when it’s beautiful to believe in the light”

(Edmond Rostand)


When the sky on the other side of the Alps is cloaked in darkness, colorful flashes awake the French night sky.

It is the Festival of Light in Lyon.


From the 7th to the 10th of December, the UNESCO site hosts one of Lyon’s biggest events.

The inhabitants of this French city decorate the windows of their houses with candles, illuminating entire facades.

Then, from 8pm to Midnight, grandiose projections and blazing trails, lasers and plays of light transform buildings and monuments into dreamlike works of art that leap and swirl in the dark to the fascinating rhythms of the sound effects.


In this way, artists from all over the world make the houses, apartment blocks, piazzas and sculptures dance in the obscurity of the night.

In this way, the Lyon sky is painted in a myriad of colors, animated by multimedia northern lights, for nights of pure poetry.


The Festival of Lights in Lyon is an appointment that, since the far-off says of 1852, has lit up the night sky up with exciting color in celebration of the Immaculate Conception.


“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”

(Leonard Cohen)