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Lyon: The Theatre For Lights

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Lyon will celebrate the 13th edition of its illuminations festival: a truly spectacular event for locals and the 3 million French and foreign visitors alike.

The traditional lighting up of the city dates back to 8th December 1852 when Lyon's inhabitants decided to illuminate their windows and railings with candles. They came down in to the street to celebrate the installation of the Virgin Mary's statue on the Fourvière hill for the festive season.

Today, it has become a real urban and popular event with over 70 spots lit up across the city; more than 15,000 people at the Bellecour place for the switching on of the illuminations (7th December); and 200,000 visitors in the La Tête d'Or Park during the four evenings.

Monuments, rivers and the surrounding countryside are the perfect setting and everyone has the opportunity to showcase their talents: lighting-technicians, designers, architects, video directors, artists and even young students.

Just like bonfire night in the UK, this is a must-do in anyone's calendar and a magical celebration that no-one would miss.

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Lyon Wonderland

Be sure to get the Lyon Wonder Week- End package, which is a golden ticket when visiting this French city. The package includes a 2- night stay at a hotel of choice, breakfast, and 1 Lyon City Card for 1 or 2 days, which gives unlimited access to all public transit in the city, free entrance to over 20 museums and temporary exhibitions and lots of shopping discounts.

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