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Lyon Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières) 2020

Once a year, night time in Lyon reveals the city's special colors


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The French have a special day for the Virgin Mary, which is December 8th. In ancient times, on this day, the inhabitants of Lyon placed candles in their windows. Although the effect was mysterious and spectacular, the contemporary variation of this tradition is even better. Today, thousands of tourists come to Lyon to enjoy the “Fête des Lumières” or the Festival of Lights.

Using modern technologies, fireworks, and lasers, artists organize a breathtaking show. They light up the streets all around the city, using ancient buildings as a backdrop. The atmosphere created by the light installation is magical. Through this approach, a beautiful religious tradition has been transformed into one of the city’s most exciting events. The major activities are held at night when the fantastic projections bring the whole city to life. The Festival of Lights in Lyon is one of the best ways to fight the gloomy days of winter.

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