The event of the year, when the city dresses up in colours.
Light turned into magic
For many locals the most eagerly awaited four days of the year, the December 6-9 Fête des Lumières dates back to 1852, when locals placed candles outside their windows to honour the Virgin Mary (building on a tradition established in 1643 to give thanks for being spared from the worst of the bubonic plague). These days the festival has expanded to attract visual artists from all over Europe and beyond to illuminate iconic buildings with fantastic colours and shapes and stories. It has become a magnet for visitors - nearly four million every year. A truly magical way to experience Lyon.