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 Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th of December, and from 8 pm to midnight on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of December 2021.

Last updated date : 08/12/2021

  • Book your accommodation as early as you can! You'll find well-situated accommodation to help you get the most from your evenings. Upon your arrival in Lyon: if you’re staying within the security perimeter (the entire city centre and Fourvière) and arrive after it has been closed: remember to bring proof of your reservation.
  • 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 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
On the other days: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. non-stop.

Information huts 

  • Place Louis Pradel,
  • Place de la République,
  • Place Bellecour,
  • Place Edouard Commette (Vieux-Lyon)

Access, come and move in Lyon during the festival of lights 

The festival area will be closed to traffic. This restriction also applies to motorcycles, electric scooters and bicycles.

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.) on
  • TER trains : benefit from the ‘Illico Evénements’ fare (50% discount from Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Mâcon or Genève to Lyon. More information... (in French)
  • TGV trains: 8000 seats at low ‘Prem’s’ fares. Book as early as possible!

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...

Paid car parks:  

Please note: important information on driving inside the security perimeter

  • The following car parks will be closed (entrances and exits) from 6 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thirsday and Saturday: LPA Antonin Poncet, Indigo Bellecour, LPA Célestins, LPA Grôlée, LPA République, LPA Hôtel de Ville, LPA Terreaux, Tupin Central Park, LPA Saint-Jean.
  • The following car parks are not included and are open during the festival: Indigo Tolozan (near Opéra House), LPA Cordeliers, LPA confluence, LPA Gros Caillou, LPA Rozier (only for LPA subscribers), LPA Saint-Just.
     Further information 

Download the Map for the coaches: routes and parking 

 More information for professionals on


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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