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Bocuse d'Or

Top dessert chefs compete to make the finest pastries and sweets.

Date: 26 January 2020 - 27 January 2020
Venue: Eurexpo, Parc des Expositions

Nuits Sonores - Panorama of Electronic Music

This relatively new festival is already establishing itself as something of an institution amongst Lyon's clubbing crowd. Held each May, the Nuits Sonores - Panorama of Electronic Music brings together some of the biggest club DJs from around the world. Taking place at various venues around Lyon, there is a real festival ambiance that attracts thousands of clubbers, many of which have travelled from across Europe to join the party. The focus is on electronic dance music, but this inclusive festival embraces all musical forms ranging from hip hop to jazz. For those that wake to see daylight hours after a hard night clubbing, there is a wide variety of cultural events during the day ranging from special festival food programmes to film and animation screenings.

Date: 19 May 2020 - 24 May 2020
Venue: Various venues across Lyon

Some events are free but many venues charge a door entrance fee.

Les Nuits de Fourvière

Musical and theatrical performances every summer evening.

Date: 02 June 2020 - 31 July 2020
Venue: Open-air roman theatres of Fourvière.

Festival of Lights

Lyon's Festival of Lights takes place during December when the people of Lyon place little candle lamps in their windows in honour of the Virgin Mary. The origins of the festival date back over 150 years to 1852 when a statue of the Virgin Mary on Fourviere Hill was to be inaugurated. The event had been postponed several times and nearly didn't happen because a ferocious storm broke over the city. But it passed quickly and the people of Lyon spontaneously lit their homes with candles and came out into the streets to celebrate, and the Festival of Lights was born. The people of Lyon continue this visually spectacular tradition to this day. The modern festival is now a four-day event where contemporary light installations illuminate the city attracting thousands of visitors. As well as a time to celebrate, the festival also acts as a forum for communication with other cities in France and around the world where the issue of light in urban planning and town dwelling is discussed.

Date: 01 December 2020 - 31 December 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues across Lyon


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Featured Hotels


Cour des Loges

Immaculate contemporary interiors within restored Renaissance buildings make this hotel very special. Lush fabrics, enormous beds and meticulous service combine to fine effect.

Radisson Blu Hotel

A stones throw from the Atheneum in the heart of Bucharest, the 5-Star Radisson Blu Hotel offers guests an all mod con experience. This 487-room business hotel, complete with indoor and outdoor pools, international restaurants, jogging track, meeting rooms and Wi-Fi throughout, is a great base from which to explore the city.

Collège Hôtel

Located in the heart of Lyon's old town, Collège Hôtel is a fashionable school-themed hotel with school desks, blackboards and a refectory. The preppy décor makes some concessions to modernity - rooms are bright and airy and there's Wi-Fi access. Breakfast is extra.

Hôtel des Artistes

This small hotel has a long history of housing singers and actors performing next door at the Théâtre des Celestins. Rooms can be on the small side, but the staff are friendly and the location central. Breakfast is extra.

Globe et Cecil Hôtel

This tasteful, elegant hotel is situated right in the historic centre. Modern features like Wi-Fi access blend seamlessly with the charming décor. The 60 rooms are individually decorated.

Hôtel Dubost

This 2-star hotel is a good option for budget travellers. It's close to the station, clean and inexpensive.