Lyon Festival of Lights is one of the world’s leading light festivals. The Festival’s long tradition originated from lighting up candles to celebrate the installation of a statue of the Virgin Mary on the Fourvière Hill on December 8, 1852. Ever since then, the citizens of Lyon have had their way of marking this historical moment.
Every year around December 8, the city’s landmarks, streets, riverbanks, bridges etc. are transformed into a grandiose platform for light artists and decorators. Throughout its history, this moment influenced the identity of the city. “In 1989, thanks to an avant-garde public lighting policy, Lyon adopted its first Plan Lumière and added a new chapter to its history. This plan to enhance the city by illuminating heritage sites revealed the excellence of Lyon in this area; it was the first European city to launch such a project.” (As per Official web page)
It is an event visited by almost 2 million domestic and international spectators during four days of the festival in 2018! As much as it is historical heritage for the citizens, it is also a great tourist attraction, and people, especially from neighboring countries, travel regularly to Lyon for this manifestation.
The complete program for 2019 will be published closer to the date of Festival.