The Festival of Lights started on the evening of 8 December 1852, when the people of Lyon lit their windows with candles to celebrate the statue of the Virgin Mary being erected on Fourvière hill. Since then, the festival has been held again each year, and has now become a major popular event in the town, attracting several millions of visitors.
The best light artists meet in Lyon every year in December to present over 70 creations for four nights. The town turns into a huge site of expression and creativity, and a delightful sight for visitors. As a springboard for new talent and a meeting for internationally famous artists, the Festival of Lights reveals all the richness of light creation in all its diversity.