Girl in the rain at the Fete de lumiere Lyon

Lyon: City of Light – Fête Des Lumières

In Destinations, Europe, France by Nick Nomi0 Comments

The Fête Des Lumières brings millions of people to the city of Lyon each year – but don’t let that put you off.  It can be a little full….but a slow walk around the city’s streets under such beautiful light is simply enchanting – discovering intriguing installations and waltzing past churches alight with neons and dancing animations is the norm. You’ll note that the Saturday of the weekend is often the most visited – though I prefer to travel to Lyon for the last 2 days of the festival – with the last day – the Monday as the highlight with fireworks by the river and ever so slightly fewer people.[/blockquote]

It’s hard not to be taken by the spectacle. This year there was a little under 100 different installations/ events scattered all over the city, and though all quite wonderful, my favourite was easily the bendy lanterns on Rue Royale (see images below) which lent the street a whimsical otherworldly atmosphere – which wouldn’t be too our of place in a Jean-Pierre Jeunet or Tim Burton movie (we prefer the former).  The weather at this year’s festival was mostly raining which cast an intriguing atmosphere over the streets – though as you’ll note from images – it didn’t at all deter the crowds. On that note – we’d love to show you a million photos of each and every installation – but sadly we were too in awe, and surrounded by far too many crowds to get enough decent images this time around….not to mention our hands were far too full of Vin Chaud – however, we’ve added a few our favourites below – take a look and feel free to leave a comment!

The crowds enjoying the Bamboo La Forêt Lumineuse at the Place de la Republique

The crowds enjoying the Bamboo La Forêt Lumineuse at the Place de la Republique

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The Ferris Wheel at Place Bellecour

The Ferris Wheel at Place Bellecour


Globes of light at the Jardin D'Hiver

Globes of light at the Jardin D’Hiver


The Crowd at the Place Bellecour

The Crowd at the Place Bellecour


Place Des Terreaux alight with mixed animations and video

Place Des Terreaux


Cathédralle Saint-Jean

Cathédralle Saint-Jean


Fete de Lumiere firework display

Fete de Lumiere firework display


Fete de Lumiere firework display

Fete de Lumiere firework display


The crowds enjoying Scintillante at the Rue de la Republique

The crowds enjoying Scintillante at the Rue de la Republique


The Rue Royale lit by bendy lanterns

The Rue Royale lit by bendy lanterns


Place des Terreaux

Place des Terreaux


The crowds passing under the Scintillante at the Rue de la Republique

The crowds passing under the Scintillante at the Rue de la Republique


A Street of red lights

A Street of red lights

To experience it for yourself take a look at the official page here.

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Nick Nomi

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Nick is a writer and photographer, who, after working for years in the fashion and creative industries as an editor and writer, gave up the office life to travel long term and write about it. He started Europe Is Our Playground to showcase unique experiences in Europe through story driven narratives & candid photography.