Good Deals & Events in December 2018

Discover the unusual festivals, exhibitions and celebrations in France this December.

Fête Des Lumières

6th – 9th December

The yearly Festival of Light is coming to Lyon! Every December, the festival attracts thousands of tourists who come to admire the public light installations. There will be dozens of light shows in squares, churches, and museums. To get the most out of it, you should follow the suggested walking trails!  Naturally the festival only starts after it goes dark though and will run from 7 or 8pm until midnight.

Find out more HERE.

Le Festival Des Lumières Du Jardin Des Plantes

16th November – 15th January

We’ve got another lights festival but this time in the capital. This event features hundreds of colourful, illuminated lanterns in the form of extinct or endangered animals. These lanterns that are dotted around the grounds of the Jardins des Plantes are certainly beautiful but also shed light on the threat humans pose to the Earth’s biodiversity.

Check out what it’s all about HERE.

Foire Des Santons

17th November – 6th January

Santons are little hand-painted terracotta figurines that are used to depict nativity scenes. They come from the Provence region, where people combine figurines of holy figures such as Joseph or Mary with figures depicting Provençal village life too. At the Foire des Santons, you can go see all these crafted figurines and meet the traders who create them

Animations De Noël

14th December – 6th January

There will certainly be many Christmas markets and activities this season, but the square in front of the Hôtel de Ville will change into an actual Christmas village! There will be wooden chalets, Christmas trees, and vendors selling goods all made in France, so go experience the Christmas magic!

Find out more HERE.

Fête D’anim

5th – 9th December

Fête d’anim. This event pays tribute to all aspects for animated film. For the duration of the festival, there will be screenings, masterclasses and workshops all to do with animation! Even if you’re an anima-teur, why not get stuck into a whole new cinematic world?

Find out more HERE.