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1. THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (Various locations in the city) The Fete des Lumieres is the most important event of the year, and lasts four days around December 8. It dates back to 1852, when the people of Lyon spontaneously illuminated their windows with candles to celebrate the inauguration of a golden statue of the Virgin Mary. In the last decade or so, the annual celebration has turned into an international event, with light shows by professional artists from all over the world. They range from tiny neighbourhood installations to massive sound-and-light shows, the largest one on Place des Terreaux. The festival attracts more than four million visitors a year, comparable to Munich's giant Oktoberfest, so you need to book early. Pack good shoes and warm clothes. Lyon can be cold at this time of year.

2. MUSEE DES MINIATURES ET DECORS DE CINEMA (Maison des Avocats, 60 rue Saint Jean, 69005 Lyon) Hidden away in the old town, this museum will delight all ages. Spread over several floors, it houses a large collection of miniatures and masks, many of which have been used in famous movies. The Star Wars models are particularly popular because the Force is strong in this one. Expect to spend about 90 minutes here a nd look out for savings offered by combined Metro and admission deals.

? 3. PARC DE LA TETE D'OR, Rue du General Leclerc, 69006 Lyon Every great city needs a great park, and this one has it all - running and walking trails, a lake with paddle boats, a train for children, a zoo, a botanical garden, playgrounds, a carousel and lots of benches should you want to picnic or rest weary feet. If Vieux Lyon is the heart of the city then Parc de la Tete D'or is Lyon's lungs, a living, breathing urban oasis.

T is the third largest city in France, capital of the Rhone-Alpes region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its food, culture and history - and as the birthplace of cinema. Two thousand years of history are worn into the cobbled streets of the old town, Vieux Lyon - one of Europe's most extensive Renaissance neighbourhoods - as well as two Roman amphitheatres, which stage rock concerts today.

No wonder Lyon is a holiday hotspot with festivals galore, first-class shopping, antique markets, vibrant theatre and music, and a range of fascinating museums devoted to extraordinary collections, such as puppets and movie miniatures.


Emilie Aubert / Lyon Tourism and Conventions.

Muriel Chaulet / Lyon Tourism and Conventions.

Tristan Deschamps / Lyon Tourism and Conventions.
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Date:Nov 7, 2012
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