Daytime visits

La prison de Montluc en lumière

La prison de Montluc

Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 December: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Montluc military prison, built in 1921, only really came into service on the outbreak of World War II, and was under German occupation from 1943 to 1944. Montluc served as a civil prison after the war, before closing for good in 2009. It was restored as an Haut-Lieu de la Mémoire Nationale – a place of national remembrance, opening its doors to the public the following year. Come and discover the complex history of this building that occupies an iconic place in the history of Lyon and France. To mark the 2018 Festival of Lights, the Montluc Prison National Memorial is also hosting an extraordinary light show that will illuminate the facade of the cell block and the prison walkway. The installation has been designed in partnership with the Lyon National School of Architecture and Zurich University of the Arts. It's a chance to find out all about the history of Montluc, from the dark side of the prison walls to the brightly-burning memory of the thousands of inmates who were locked up inside.

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Mémorial National de la prison de Montluc
4 rue Jeanne Hachette
69003 LYON

Audio walking tours

enform@lyon, the City of Lyon’s free outdoor fitness app is getting geared up for the Festival of Lights. The audio walking tour is an original way to enjoy the Festival from December 6 to 9 and get up to speed on 20 light installations.

Let There Be Light au Sucre


A special line-up as part of the Festival of Lights at Le Sucre

- Friday 7 December: 6.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Free):

Apéro-Club – the after-work drinks club: a special line-up devised in partnership with The Hague's TodaysArt Festival, a cutting-edge benchmark for the visual arts. On the music side, Oceanic – resident at the – will perform a DJ set, while Juanita x Flares will present their live A / V show.
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- Saturday 8 December: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. (€10-14):

Come and discover Pareidolia, a hybrid project by Merovee, the live A / V of the Frenchies UVB 76 and the DJ set by Cora Novoa, a rising star of the Barcelona scene. And that's not all: there's also a sparkling, immersive stage set specially designed for aesthete dancers as well as Nicolas Paolozzi's TETRA installation.  
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Christmas Markets

Marché de Noël de la Croix-Rousse


November 24 to December 24, Place Carnot
Take a stroll through the wooden chalets in search of the perfect present, enjoying the entertainment and warming yourself up with some hot chestnuts – the Christmas market on Place Carnot is an absolute must for everyone living in Lyon. The market starts on November 24, giving a foretaste of the end-of-year festivities that will carry on until December 24 (10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m.) 
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December 10 to 24, place de la République
Different takes on the theme of Christmas: decorations, pastry and cakes, sports, fashion, make-up, men's toiletries…
King size Christmas!


December 10 to 30, Place de la Croix-Rousse
The Croix Rousse gets into winter mood with an ice rink, chalets, entertainment, eateries, night events, rides in a horse-drawn carriage, hot chestnuts… and a whole host of other surprises!
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