Get organised!

In order to make the most of the Festival of Lights, plan ahead!

This year, the festival opening times are as follows: from 7 to 11 pm on Thursday the 5th and Sunday the 8th of December, and from 8 pm to midnight on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of December.

Last updated date : 17/10/2019

Book your accommodation as early as you can! 
You'll find well-situated accommodation to help you get the most from your evenings

Remember to book a restaurant especially if you're a gourmet and want to dine at the time of your choice, and in your favourite restaurant! 

Dress up warm! 
It's cold in December in Lyon. And be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Download the Fête des Lumières app !
This will enable you to prepare your tour one work of art at a time, to have all the information you need about the masterpieces and their artists, and to take part and gain some very useful information! 
Android or iOS

Recharge your batteries! 
And don't forget to check that the batteries in your mobile phone, camcorder and camera are charged before you leave!


Pavillon ONLYLYON on Place Bellecour:
Extended opening hours during the 4 days of the festival of Lights: from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
On the other days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. non-stop. 

Information huts 
Opening hours:
From dec. 1 to 5: 12:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 and 8: 12.30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Dec. 6 and 7: 12.30 p.m. to midnight

  • Place de la Comédie,
  • Place de la République,
  • Place Edouard Commette (Vieux-Lyon)
  • Near Palais de Justice footbridge (opening hours: from Dec. 1 to 4: 9 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. / Dec. 5 and 8: 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. / Dec. 6 and 7: 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to midnight.

10 staff members will make their way around the perimeter of the festival on Segway personal transporters to inform and guide visitors. 

TCL public transport network 

On the 8th of December, public transport is free from 4 pm until the end of the service.
All information (tickets, park-and-ride, etc.)
If you come by car, do not hesitate to let your car in a parc-and-ride and take the TCL public transportation.
More information...

TER trains : benefit from the ‘Illico Evénements’ fare (50% discount from Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Mâcon or Genève to Lyon. 
More information...

TGV trains: 8000 seats at low ‘Prem’s’ fares. Book as early as possible!

Download the Map for the coaches: routes and parking


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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