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5 Reasons to Go to the Lyon Festival of Lights at Least Once in a Lifetime

Since 1852, the city of Lyon has celebrated the Festival of Lights from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 each year. Since 1999, the City of Lights has aptly turned the festival into a stunning electric light display. Three-dimensional displays incorporating different colors and dramatic scenes play out on the sides of buildings, in parks and along the waterways, seemingly coming to life. The displays change nightly to add to the city's transformation into a fantastical wonderland. Designers and artists work on the displays throughout the year in order to make the buildings stand out as living works of art. People feel as if they are a part of the show itself as dancers whirl away together in giant displays and colors splash across the streets. From hotels for the Lyon Festival of Lights, people can take a variety of different routes to tour multiple different displays in the same night, experiencing the wondrous beauty as the City of Lights comes alive in color and art.

Lyon and the Festival of Lights – Not-to-be-Missed Highlights

While the displays are beautiful and fantasy-like all over town, people should not miss those held in the city's center. There, locals and tourists alike participate by carrying votive candles and lamps as they walk along the streets, surrounded by the ever-changing lights and art pulsating on the walls of the buildings. The city incorporates music and theatrical scenes into the displays, adding to the ambiance. With the festival, Lyon truly embraces its title as the City of Lights. Annually, the event draws between 3 and 4 million people to see the wonderful displays during the festival. Lyon was originally built by the Romans and retains some of the ancient architecture dating from that time. During the day, visitors may to leave their hotels for the Lyon Festival of Lights and go to see the ancient Roman theater in Fourvière. The city is also famous for its excellent food, so visitors will want to head out to some restaurants from their accommodations near the Lyon holiday light show to sample the delectable cuisine.

How to Arrive and Where to Stay for the Lyon Festival of Lights

As the most popular light displays are those held in the city's center, we recommend that people searching for hotels for the Lyon Festival of Lights choose hotels near there. The Festival of Lights does not cost anything, and tickets are not needed. Still, the event draws so many visitors each year we recommend people book their hotels for the Lyon Festival of Lights several months in advance. This can help people to make sure they are able to get accommodations near the Lyon holiday light show in the city's central area. Experiencing the Festival of Lights allows visitors to surround themselves in a city that is transformed into something truly stunning and beautiful. Once people arrive, we know that they will fall in love with not only the festival and displays but also the city itself. This light show is unlike any that people are ever likely to otherwise experience, which is why we are thrilled to recommend it.

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