Four routes for four days!

To really make the most of the Fête des Lumières, prepare your tour!

Last updated date : 23/09/2019

The Presqu’île, from Place Bellecour to Place des Terreaux…

Célestins - Cells  by Helen Eastwood et Laurent Brun, Fête des Lumières 2018

Set off from Place Antonin Poncet on the banks of the Rhône and make your way towards Bellecour, with its Ferris wheel and famous equestrian statue.
Next, head for Place des Célestins where the theatre is always a source of inspiration for lighting designers, as is the fountain on the Place des Jacobins!

Walk along Rue de la République, with its illuminations, until you reach Place de la République.
Turn onto Rue Président Carnot, and then back onto Rue de la République. On your right, you will see the Opera House and Place Louis Pradel and, on your left, the courtyard of honour of the Hôtel de Ville. From here, walk to Place des Terreaux, where two static installations have been set up during renovation works on the square. Go into the garden in front of the Musée des Beaux-arts (Museum of Fine Arts).

Next, head to La Martinière and then onto Place Sathonay: on the 8th of December, participate in the giant lit fresco of the Lumignons du Cœur.

Vieux-Lyon, Saint-Just and Fourvière Hill.

Gare Saint-Paul "Quantum" by Bernard Duguay et Anastasia Isachsen - Fête des Lumières 2018

Set out from the banks of the Saône near Place Bellecour and treat yourself to a superb panoramic view of the embankment in Vieux-Lyon and the hill in the background!
Cross the river Saône and walk to the cathedral. Its façade is transformed into a myriad of colours, which are broken up and recreated in various ways, differently each year, to tell the story of the city or of life.
Take the funicular from Saint-Just to "Antiquaille".

Admire the façade of Lycée Jean Moulin. Continue up to the ancient site of Fourvière and look up to see the illuminated Odeon.
If you enjoy walking, make your way back down, along La Montée du Gourguillon towards Vieux-Lyon. Follow the route through Vieux-Lyon.
Walk along Rue du Bœuf, until Musée Gadagne (enter the courtyard), and admire the installations as you walk, all the way to Saint-Paul station, with its illuminated façade.
Go back to the Temple du Change… Then cross the river Saône. Next, head to La Martinière and then onto Place Sathonay: on the 8th of December, participate in the giant lit fresco of the Lumignons du Cœur.

To enter, walk along the banks to Place Bellecour.

Towards Tête d'Or Park

"Big Tree", Jacques Rival - Place de la République - Fête des Lumières 2018

From Place Bellecour, walk to the Grand Hôtel-Dieu where there are several installations in the inner courtyards. Exit and walk up the Presqu'île until Place Louis Pradel. Cross the river Rhône, and walk along the banks of the Rhône. Follow the illuminated route until you reach Tête d'Or Park, with its dreamlike atmosphere and characters.  

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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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