Fête des Lumières
September 5, 2013 6:15 PM Subscribe
If you have attended the Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) in Lyon, do you recommend it? Even for a non francophone, who is also not too fond of cold weather?
posted by just_another_one to travel & transportation around Lyon, France (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Ever since a friend told me a few years ago about la Fête des lumières that happens every year in Lyon, I've always been amazed by the idea and wanted to see it. Now, it seems that I may actually be able to take some vacation days right on time for the event, so I'm getting the urge to go, but I have some concerns that is making me a bit hesitant. They are:
- How hard is it to find accommodations in Lyon during the days of the event? And will that be super expensive?
From what I can gather it is a crowded event (I actually don't mind it, I prefer that over an mild-to-empty festival), but what I'm mostly worried is about finding an hotel or airbnb room, and also finding transportation to Lyon from Paris (should I book a train way ahead of time and will it be chaotic to get to Lyon around the days of the event?)
- The event is officially 4 days long.. Is there enough to see during the 4 days, or is it the kind of thing that one night is enough?
If it's only a one day thing it probably doesn't make sense for me as I live an ocean away, but if there's enough in the event (and Lyon itself) to keep me entertained at least during the weekend, it's an easier sell..
- Would you recommend it for someone who doesn't speak French? Including all parts of the trip, from getting from Paris to Lyon to staying in Lyon and watching and properly enjoying the festival.
FWIW I've been to Paris before, learned some greetings and basic French phrases for tourists, and I loved it and had absolutely 0 problems communicating (mostly greeting in French and moving to English after my weak attempts at starting a French conversation failed). But I imagine this might be less forgiving outside of Paris.
- Being an outdoor event in the winter, this is gonna be cold.. which I'm not a fan of. Was it unbearable cold?
- Also, is it really a thrilling event, or the kind of thing that looks better on video than in person? It looks very exciting from pictures and youtube, but I don't know if I'm just too captivated with the idea
I understand it's a bunch of questions, so feel free to answer just parts of it. I tried to gather some of this information online to various degrees of success, but nothing beats a Real Person's opinion. Thanks!