All of the ornate Christmas lights are starting to come on at night around town. The ferris wheel has been up and running for a few days and it looks really pretty at night as it lights up and animates Place Bellecour. The Fête de Lumières happens this week from the 6th through the 9th. This festival centers around December 8th which, on the Catholic calendar, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The history of the festival can be found HERE. Millions of people attend this festival each year to see the numerous and impressive light shows throughout the city. I was here last year and saw the Urban Flipper and Elephantastic light shows. We weren't able to get anywhere near Place des Terreaux so I didn't see what was going on there. But the city just becomes packed with people walking from square to square to see the lights and the light shows while munching on roasted chestnuts and drinking vin chaud. But what impressed me the most last year was to see the thousands of small votive candles that Lyonnais put out on their window sills on the 8th. The whole city just looked magical because so many candles were flickering in every window of every building and house. And so I bought my candles and candle holders today to add my dozen or so flames to the city's collective flames this week.
Fête de Lumières 2011 Video