Lyon's Fête des Lumières - France's biggest winter festival

Lyon's Fête des Lumières - France's biggest winter festival Lyon, France's third largest city, has just celebrated it's Fête des Lumières, a massive festival of lights and I was there. And by massive, I mean that surprisingly it's the world's third biggest annual event (in terms of visitor numbers) after Rio carnival and Oktoberfest. Who knew? Certainly not me. With an estimated 3-4 million visitors, it really is massive!

But it hasn't always been this way, it only really started to get big about 15 years ago, originally it was a quiet affair which began in the 19th century.

 

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