2019 will be ending with a musical flourish and 2020 will pick up the baton!

From mid-December, the tone will be set as the festive season gets into full swing! As the Christmas holidays approach, it is time for concerts, musicals, opéras bouffes and happy endings! The end-of-year will be festive and give pride of place to the classics and joyful music.

 Archives | Last updated date : 17/12/2019

Here is my little selection…

At the Opera 

La Maîtrise de l'Opéra de Lyon en concert © Stofleth
  • One not to be missed: a lighter family version of the magical Le Roi Carotte (King Carrot) by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Laurent Pelly (be prepared for a 2¾ hour performance!). This is the show the Opera has selected to end the year, combining enchantment, humour, political parody and the magic of Offenbach’s music. Also, the Opera is organising a special evening for New Year's Eve.
  • The traditional Christmas concert given by the Opera’s children’s choir La Maîtrise, accompanied by the musicians of the Orchestre national de Lyon  (ONL) - Voix d’enfants, enchantement de Noël - will be held at the church of Saint-Bonaventure (ages 6 and above) on Saturday the 14th and 21st of December.
  • In terms of musicals, we also love The Pajama Game, at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Oullins, and then at the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, co-produced with the Opera. This huge Broadway hit tells a love story set in the midst of a labour dispute. Thankfully, all ends well! (ages 14 and above).

At the Chapelle de la Trinité 

The Grands Concerts will be transporting us to Russia on the 20th of December, when the Chapelle de la Trinité will be filled with the sounds of the Mariage russe ancien et Fleurs de Noël russe (Traditional Russian wedding and Russian Christmas flowers) by the Choir of the Philharmonic Society Of Saint Petersburg, directed by Yulia Khutorestskaya.

At the Auditorium

  • From the 7th of December, the festive season begins with L’Enfance du Christ by Berlioz, with the Orchestre national de Lyon (ONL), the Ensemble Spirito and the Jeune Chœur symphonique, conducted by Speranza Scapucci: a perfect end to a year celebrating the music of Berlioz. 
  • On the 18th, Charlie Chaplin’s  L’Opinion Publique (A Woman of Paris), a romantic drama that was scored by Chaplin himself, is restored by Timothy Brock, who conducts the ONL for a ciné-concert (film screening accompanied by live music).
  • On the 21st and 22nd of December, there will be a major ciné-concert for families, Disney en concert (ages 5 and above).
  • 2019 ends and the New Year begins with Offenbach, a composer born just over 200 years ago, who is always very popular at this time of year. Offenbach en Fête ! will be on from the 29th of December to the 1st of January.  
  • Lastly, there will be another show for families (ages 5 and above) at the beginning of the year: Casse-Noisette et moi (The Nutcracker and me), performed by a pianist-dancer duo, on the 4th and 5th of January 2020.

At the Amphithéâtre de la Cité Internationale de Lyon

Who can resist the charm of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro? Especially when it is accompanied by choreography! Featuring the orchestra and ballet of the Russian National Opera.

At the Chapelle Saint-Marc

The choir of the Concert de l’Hostel-Dieu will be celebrating a Noël anglais (English Christmas) with an a cappella candle-lit performance at the Chapelle Saint-Marc, singing Christmas through the centuries, from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, on the 15th of December at 6 pm and the 17th at 8 pm.  

All that is left for me to do now is to wish you a beautiful, joyful and musical festive season!


Isabelle, our editor born and bred in Lyon! She was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in fact, studied in Lyon and now lives here. Territorial? Absolutely not! She loves travelling, widening her horizons, meeting new people and enjoys a change of scenery (without snow, if possible). Isabelle is curious and a people person, two attributes that often go hand in hand! Her favourite colour is green and her motto "a day without laughter is a day wasted!" 

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