Lyon in DECEMBER. For All The Top Things to Do & Events to Take Part In!

Lyon in DECEMBER. For All The Top Things to Do & Events to Take Part In!

One of my favourite months in Lyon. Christmas, Fete des Lumières…can you ask for more? Magical, amazing time to enjoy Lyon. Ok, it could be warmer but we can’t complain. The coldest it gets it’s just -1 degree during winter, snow is happening from time to time to scare not prepared for this French people and than when it gets interesting… but coming back to the subject. There are many things to do in Lyon in December… check yourself here:

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My List of All The Top Things to Do & Events to Take Part In Lyon in DECEMBER!

Etsy Made in France celebrates Christmas for its 4th edition! Come meet the creators of your region, all independent and passionate, and discover their stories, their creations and their know-how … and unique Christmas gifts! When: From Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 December 2018. Sat from 10h to 21h Sun from 10h to 18h; Where: Espace In Sted 6 rue de la Part-Dieu – 69003 Lyon; How Much: FREE

Etsy Made in France

Journée portes ouvertes du département danse – the entire educational and administrative team and the students will be very happy to welcome you. Continuation of advice and information on training will also be available, as well as video projections and excerpts from program of the Young Ballet season. A special opportunity to discover the daily work of young dancers in their specificity in classical or contemporary dance. When: December 15, 2018 from 10h to 17h; Where:. Dance department of the CNSMD of Lyon Grenier d’Abondance (DRAC 3rd floor), 6, quai St Vincent – 69001 Lyon How Much: FREE, book here: Email:, Tel: 04 72 19 26 61

Etsy Made in France  Journée portes ouvertes du département danse

Beetles, extraordinary insectsFrom the ladybird to the scarab, the Colorado beetle to the firefly, beetles amaze and impress through their size and surprising abilities. Found everywhere except in the Poles and oceans, these insects form part of our everyday lives and are the subject of many myths and beliefs around the world. This exhibition, at the frontier between the sensory and the scientific, is an opportunity to discover the Musée des Confluences’ incredible collection of insects. When: 21/12/2018 to 28/06/2020, 11 AM – 7 PM, closed permanently on Monday; Where: Musée des Confluences 86 quai Perrache – 69002 Lyon; How Much: .  9 €, Student: 5 €20 years of UNESCO in Lyon celebrated in the Gadagne Museum  Beetles, extraordinary insects

20 years of UNESCO in Lyon celebrated in the Gadagne Museum  – the Gadagne museum is celebrating the 20 years of inscription of Lyon on the UNESCO. In 1998,  on December 5, the historic site of Lyon was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An international recognition that has changed people’s view of their city and, over the years, has allowed the development of Lyon as a tourist destination in its own right. When: until 09/12/2018, closed Monday and Tuesday; Where: Gadagne Museums, 1 place du Petit Collège – 69005 Lyon ; How Much: all  Price included in the Gadagne museum ticket € 8 / reduced price € 6

La Terre vue de l’espace, beauté et fragilité – discover the fantastic diversity of the Earth’s landscapes but also the new challenges posed by climate change. When: 02/10/2018 to 11/08/2019 daily; Where: The Planetarium Place de la Nation (face à l’Hôtel de Ville, près du Centre Culturel Charlie Chaplin) – 69120 Vaulx-en-Velin; How Much: “Visite complète” (all inclusive) : an astronomy session + visit to the permanent, temporary exhibitions ans astronomical garden Full rate: €10 Reduced rate*: €8 (children under 12, over 65, students, the disabled, the unemployed, large families, journalists, teachers, research scientists, municipal employees).  

La Terre vue de l’espace, beauté et fragilité -

La Sainté Lyon go again for the traditional ultra night nature race! It’s the main appointment of the end of the season for each self-respecting runners. With almost 10 000 runners taking off at the starting line last year, this year’s limited place 59th edition of the mystical night run from Saint-Etienne to Lyon promises to be the ultimate challenge for competitors. This Ultra marathon is unique, an elite race with a sense of adventure. After almost 60 years this has become the cult runner’s rendezvous of the winter in which all running enthusiasts and trekkers must participate. When: Saturday 1st of December 2018; Where: Halle Tony Garnier 20 place Docteurs Charles et Christophe Mérieux – 69007 Lyon, How Much:. Prices Full price: 25 to 60 €. Social network   FACEBOOK Halle Tony Garnier 20 place Docteurs Charles et Christophe Mérieux – 69007 Lyon

La Terre vue de l’espace, beauté et fragilité

Forum Les Interconnectés When: Wednesday 5 to Thursday 6 December 2018 between 8.30 AM and 6 PM; Where: Double Mixte 19 avenue Gaston Berger – 69100 Villeurbanne; How Much: FREE

Forum Les Interconnectés

Lyon Gastronomic Fair – For the 2nd edition, the show is open to all players in the agri-gastronomic sector. A festive and convivial event, the Salon Gastronomique de Lyon will invite visitors to taste and buy the products that will be presented to them. When: Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December 2018; Where: Eurexpo – Parc des Expositions Avenue Louis Blériot – 69680 Chassieu; How Much: from 5 €.

Lyon Gastronomic Fair -

Fête des Lumières – I can’t describe it more, check here to find out how I enjoyed it last time. In general, it’s 4 nights of utter enchantment When:  6th to the 9th of December 2018; Where: different places; How Much: FREE

Fête des Lumières -

Christmas Market – There are a thousand things to see, to discover, to experience the Christmas Market in Lyon. This small village of 140 wooden chalets illuminated and shimmering comes every year make us dream. Home | What’s on | Shopping | Christmas Market Last When: 24/11 to 24/12/2018 daily. Where: la Place Carnot Place Carnot – 69002 Lyon; How Much: FREE

Lyon has it! The Christmas market which is a go during Winter.

Portrait of the famous J3 of Vichy (13-21 olds) – The new exhibition at the CHRD (Resistance and Deportation History Centre). ‘Génération 40’ explores the diverse experiences of young people during the Second World War, whose lives were marked by conflict and occupation, including the various constraints they faced depending on their choices and commitments, gender and social background. When:  15/11/2018 to 26/05/2019; Where: Resistance and Deportation History Centre (CHRD) 14 avenue Berthelot – 69007 Lyon; How Much: 6 €, Tarif réduit: 4 €. Free entry for children < 18 years.

Biennial of Ceramics – The pottery workshop of the MJC de Villeurbanne organizes the Ceramic Biennial! Every two years, the hall of the MJC is transformed to make room for dozens of creations made by members of the workshop. When: 03/12 to 15/12/2018 every day; Where: Villeurbanne 46 cours Jean Damidot – 69100 Villeurbanne; How Much: FREE

Biennial of Ceramics

Automne en Farm – It’s the time of the year when the members of the farmers association open the doors of their farms and shops and organize farm tours, festivities for adults and children, educational activities, culinary workshops, themed meals, raffles, farmers’ markets, shows, tastings. When: 15/09 to 22/12/2018 every day; Where: Different places – 69570 Dardilly, How Much: FREE

Automne en Farm

Portes ouvertes du Chemin de Fer Privé de la Mulatière – Is a real exposition of miniature trains and the whole railway network. Dedicated to all passionate about trains and enthusiasts of the model making. When: All year the 3rd Saturday of the month from 14:30 to 17:30; Where: Private Railway of the Mulatière – CFPM 2 rue Stéphane BP 15 – 69350 La Mulatière Diaporama; How Much: FREE, Contact Email: Tel: +33 (0) 4 78 59 68 74

Bernar Venet Retrospective 2019-1959 – Is a new exposition in the museum of modern art. It’s an   exceptional ensemble of more than 170 works by Bernar Venet, from the very latest creations to early performances, drawings, diagrams, paintings, photographs, sound works, films and sculptures. When: 21/09/2018 to 06/01/2019 except January 1st and December 25th; Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) Cité Internationale, 81 quai Charles de Gaulle – 69006 Lyon 6th, How Much:   9 € – 6 €, Contact Email:, Phone: 04 72 69 17 19

Bernar Venet Retrospective 2019-1959

Exhibition “Da Vinci – The Inventions of a Genius” – This is the largest traveling exhibition dedicated to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. After Venice and Istanbul, it is in Lyon to host this must-attend event! Of the 200 exhibits, half are reproductions of machines invented by Leonardo da Vinci. Among them, you can discover the extraordinary, gearbox, alternator, animated wing or the ingenious system of pulleys,also to see the Codex series, 120 unique facsimiles as well as original documents such as engravings by Raphael, Dürer, or Michelangelo! There are also many activities for the youngest from 6 years: manipulation of models, construction of a bridge and even 3D movies! When: 13/09/2018 to 13/01/2019 from 10h to 18h except 25 December. Closed on Mondays. Closed December 25, 2018. Where: La Sucrière Confluence District,, Port Rambaud 49/50 quai Rambaud – 69002 Lyon ; How Much: 13 € – 8 € Buy tickets here, Contact Email: Tel: +33 (0) 4 78 79 23 61

DaVinici Expo

Pu Yingwei Exhibition – Double Empire Is an expo presenting the architecture of the major French ensembles, urbanism and issues related to memory and Migration. The artist originally from Shanxi Province, PU Yingwei graduated from the Sichuan School of Fine Arts and ENSBA from Lyon and he is also currently in his final year at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. A protean artist, he uses photography, video, painting as well as installations. When: 13/09 – 31/12/2018 from 10h to 18h except public holidays. Closed Monday and Sunday; Where: New Franco-Chinese Institute of Lyon Fort Saint Irénée 2 rue Soeur Bouvier – 69005 Lyon; Prices: € 5 – € 2.50, Contact Email: Tel: +33 (0) 4 81 65 84 60

La vogue des marronsEvery year for the past 150 years it is being organised in order to eat the first chestnuts of the year, and get the first white wine. There are rides, cotton candy, duck fishing, bumper cars and other attractions are available at Vogue aux Marrons. When: From October to mid November 2018 (Dates to be confirmed); Where: Outside school holidays: On the Croix Rousse plateau Place and Boulevard de la Croix Rousse – 69004 Lyon; How Much: Rates Different prices depending on the rides and stands, Contact Phone: +33 (0) 4 72 98 23 50

La vogue des marrons

Yokainoshima, spirits of JapanThe new exciting expo at the museum of Confluence. Great opportunity to explore the Japanese culture and traditions to wear costumes which makes it possible to transform oneself into a god, a demon or an animal. The exhibition traces a link between contemporary photographs by Charles Fréger, which show a large number of masked ritual figures, and the museum’s Japanese collections. Let yourself be guided in this island of spirits, from the foundations of Japanese spiritualities to current practices such as manga, cosplay or video game. When: From 07/07/2018 to 25/05/2019, Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-7pm; Where: Museum of Confluences, 86 quai, Lyon 2nd; How Much: 5 -9€Himalayan parties, the last ones Kalash

Exhibition “Cultivons la ville en bonne intelligence” offers many tools regularly updated to understand the urban project: a large physical model (1 / 750e), 3D models hyper-realistic and real-time, a documentary … A terrace oriented to south offers a breathtaking view of the building sites. When: Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 2pm- 6pm; Where: House of Confluence, Smith Street 73, Lyon 2nd Arrondissement; How Much: FREE

Guided tour of the Departmental ArchivesGuided tour, every Tuesday at 2 pm, of the Archives building (registration by email or by phone). When: Every Tuesday at 2pm; Where: Departmental Archives of the Rhône, 34 rue Général-Mouton-Duvernet, Lyon 3rd Arrondissement; How Much: FREEMusee Confluence - Hugo Pratt

Unveiled compositions – Enjoy with this exhibition an overview of the richness and diversity of the works preserved in the Museum of Textiles but also, more anecdotally, the Museum of Decorative Arts. When: 21.10.2017 to 31.12.2018 from 10am – 6pm; Where: Museum of Fabrics and Decorative Arts; 34 rue de la Charité – 69002 Lyon 2nd; How Much:

 Hugo Pratt – Who does not know Corto Maltese, the romantic sailor? Discover the world of Hugo Pratt, an artist who has made a lasting impression on the cartoon landscape by giving birth to this perfect anti hero. When: 07.04.2018 – 24.03.2019, closed on Mondays; Where: Musee des Confluences, 86 quai Perrache – Lyon 2nd; How Much: 9 €

La vie mode d’emploi exhibition at the Museum Tony Garnier which presents the evolution of the urban treaty, by including the issue of the evolution of the popular housing of the twentieth century – the Urban Debut to today. When: From 30/09/2017 to 16/12/2018; Open Tuesday to Sunday from 14h to 18h; Where: Tony Garnier Urban Museum; 4 rue des Serpollières; 69008 Lyon; Price: € 5 / € 4 / FREE – 12 years

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