|Lyon Office du Tourisme|
This year from December 6-9, Lyon celebrates its Festival des Lumieres (Lights Festival). During this 4 day annual event everyone light a row of little candles at night on their windowsills or balconies and the facades of buildings , monuments, streets and river banks are artfully illuminated using computer, laser and other hi-tech sound and light technology. The tradition begun in 1852 when citizens of Lyon lit candles to mark the inauguration of the Virgin Mary statue on top of the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere situated on a hill that overlooks the city. This event is celebrated every year on December 8 and grew to become a 4 day popular festival that attract a large number of visitors.
|Notre Dame de Fourviere Illuminated- Lyon Office du Tourisme|