Lyon - Fête des Lumières | Festival of Lights
The Festival of Light in Lyon expresses gratitude towards Mary on December 8 of each year. This uniquely Lyonnaise tradition dictates that every house place candles along the outsides of all the windows to produce a spectacular effect throughout the streets. With over 4 million tourists coming to Lyon for this event, the festival includes other activities based on light and usually lasts 4 days, with the peak of activity occurring on the 8th. The two main focal points of activity are typically the Basilica of Fourviere which is lit up in different colors, and the Place des Terreaux, which hosts a different light show each year.