2022 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, operas and happy endings! The end-of-year will be festive and give pride of place to the classics and joyful music.

Last updated date : 01/12/2022

Here is my little selection…

At the Opera 

La Maîtrise de l'Opéra de Lyon en concert © DR / Opéra National de Lyon
  • One not to be missed: Candide by Voltaire and Leonard Berstein. This is the show the Opera has selected to end the year, combining enchantment, philosophy and the magical Broadway atmosphere of Berstein's music, from 16th of December to 1st of January.
  • 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) - The Children’s Choir Christmas Concert - will be held at the church of Saint-Bonaventure (ages 6 and above) on Saturday the 11th and 17th of December.
  • Also, the Opera is organising a special evening for New Year’s Eve on Broadway, on the 31st of December.

At the Chapelle de la Trinité 

The Grand Concerts offer us the brilliance of Antonio Vivaldi's Double Choir Motets with the Vox 21 Choir and the Ensemble Matheus directed by Jean-Christophe Spinosi. 

At the Auditorium

  • From the 16th of December, the festive season begins with the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, with the Orchestre national de Lyon (ONL) and the Ensemble Spirito, conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini. This masterpiece is put on in its entirety, in two consecutive evenings: Cantatas 1 to 3 on Friday 17th of December and Cantatas 4 to 6 on Saturday.
  • On the 18th, a Brahms Grand Concert by Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, conducted by Jérémie Rhorer, including the Symphony No. 1, for a moment of pure happiness. 
  • 2022 ends and the New Year begins with Gospel Symphonique which will be on from the 29th of December to the 1st of January.

At the Amphithéâtre de la Cité Internationale de Lyon

Who can resist the charm of Tchaikovsy’s The Nutcracker? Especially when it is accompanied by choreography! 

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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