Four routes for four days!

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

Last updated date : 23/11/2021

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

Fête des Lumières 2021 - La Vague, Place Bellecour © Sébastien Lelièvre

Set off from Place Antonin Poncet on the banks of the Rhône, and discover After Real. Make your way towards Bellecour, with its Ferris wheel and famous equestrian statue. And watch... La Vague (The Wave) rise!
Take a little detour towards Fondation Bullukian to see the astonishing Out of the Box!

Next, head for Place des Célestins (via quai des Célestins and rue Gaspard André) where the theatre is always a source of inspiration for lighting designers, as is the fountain on the Place des Jacobins.This year it will be welcoming a fresco by the Lumignons du Coeur campaign!

Walk along Rue de la République, with its illuminations, until you reach Place de la République. Here you can admire a very graphical work, Frame Perspective. Continue your journey to Place de la Bourse, where Vortex-1 will amaze you! 
Walk along Rue de la République to Place Louis Pradel, where you can watch the Phénix (Phoenix) take flight! On your right, you will see the Opera House and, on your left, the courtyard of honour of the Hôtel de Ville. From here, walk to Place des Terreaux. It’s always very spectacular! This year, allow yourself to be enchanted by Le Lapin dans la Lune (The Rabbit in the Moon). 

Next, head to La Martinière. Take a stroll beneath the luminous arches of the installation ARCH'tefact, and then make your way to Place Sathonay, where a selection of 22 student experiments (“Expérimentations Étudiantes“) awaits you. The next generation holds a lot of promise!

Vieux-Lyon, Quais de Saône and Fourvière Hill.

iris par AV Extended - Fête des Lumières 2021, cathédrale Saint-Jean

From Bellecour, head to the Quais de Saône, where you can take in the magical Visions on the riverside façades that border Vieux-Lyon (Old Lyon), with Fourvière 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. This is IRIS!

Go to Quai Romain Rolland where you can explore the immersive installation [AB] Géométrie Variable.

Further along, on your left, the façade of Saint-Paul station will be lit up and transformed beneath your gaze by Nouvelle Vague (New Wave).
Cross Saint-Vincent footbridge and make your way to Les Subsistances, where two amazing installations await you: Museum of the Moon and 20 Watts
To return, walk along the river bank towards Place Bellecour

La créature du lac, par Nicolas Paolozzi - Fête des Lumières 2021 - parc de la Tête d'Or

Towards Tête d'Or Park

From Place des Terreaux, cross the river Rhône, and walk along the banks of the Rhône. Follow the luminous trail “La Rivière” until you reach Tête d'Or Park, where you will find the dreamlike ambiance of Vegetal'lum: an installation not to be missed at this year’s festival!
On the lake, you will be able to see the strange creature Hydra and observe the Ricochets!

A new site: Blandan Park

This year, the Festival of Lights welcomes children to explore a space that is specially dedicated to them – Blandan Park. It will be transformed into a vast family area for fun experiments and light technologies: Games of Light. Kids will love it and so will you! 

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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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