Fte des Lumires to begin in Lyon this weekend


The light festival is taking place for four days and will see more than 70 light installations illuminate the city, creating a magical atmosphere for the festive season. Recently featuring in the Huffington Post’s list of 10 places to go this winter for this very reason, it is an event that those on river cruise holidays in France will want to attend.

In previous years, the festival of light has attracted millions of visitors both nationally and internationally, and expects to attract even more following the increasing popularity of light festivals, such as the one held in Amsterdam. The 75 innovative works of art will transform the city, with a number offering interactive experiences, perfect for all ages.

Lyon in lights

A number of different routes can be taken in order to see the lights in an efficient order. For those that are only able to visit for one evening, the Dazzle on the Presqu’île route is recommended, taking in the whirlwind of displays at Tête d’Or Park, and more than twenty of the key light installations. However, those taking this route want to be wearing comfortable footwear as it covers 8.7km and takes approximately four to five hours.

Highlights of the festival include Anamorphosis, which is a traffic tunnel between the Rhône and Saône illuminated with futuristic animations, and the Winter Garden, which will be transformed into fairy-inspired landscapes.

The traditions of the festival originate from the celebrations of December 8th, in which the residents of Lyon celebrate the Virgin Mary, by putting candles on their windowsills and balconies.

For those wanting to visit the city in 2015, Emerald Waterways has revealed a brand new cruise for next year, the Delights of France, which includes some time in Lyon.

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