Organisers of Lyon’s Fête des Lumières will be turning on the lights in the city today. This marks the start of a four-day festival to celebrate the feast of the immaculate conception.
The festival has been celebrated in Lyon each year since 1852. Back then, the townsfolk placed lit candles in their windows in honour of a new statute of the Virgin Mary on Fourvière Hill, which dominates the city.
Locals have continued the tradition on 8 December each year since then, and the festival has become much bigger over time.
Light displays are projected onto the façades of buildings throughout the city – and literally millions of visitors are expected to head for Lyon this weekend to see them.
“Literally millions of visitors are expected to head for Lyon this weekend to see the lights”
The lights are on in my hometown of Brighton. They’re rather nice but they are no match for those of Lyon.
We won’t be putting up any decorations in our house this year. As we are away in France over Christmas and New Year, it seems a bit pointless.
Instead, when we arrive in Bergerac, we will head for Jardiland. There is a Christmas tree outside the house we’ll be staying in, so we’ll decorate that. It won’t compare with Lyon’s display but it will give the house some Christmas cheer.