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Lyon launches Festival of Lights

The French city of Lyon has opened its annual Festival of Lights, illuminating landmarks around the historic city. The festival coincides with the opening of a new two kilometre long pedestrian and cyclists’ tunnel which has been lit on the inside with a stunning display.

Lyon launches Festival of Lights
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvire and the Courthouse are lit in Lyon, east-central France, on December 5, 2013 during rehearsals on the eve of the 15th edition of the city's Festival of Lights, a secular version of a religious tradition devoted to Virgin Mary and dating back to 152 years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon launches Festival of Lights
A building is lit in Lyon, east-central France, on December 5, 2013 during rehearsals on the eve of the 15th edition of the city's Festival of Lights, a secular version of a religious tradition devoted to Virgin Mary and dating back to 152 years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon launches Festival of Lights
Lyon mayor Gerard Collomb (C) and French Junior Minister for SMEs, Innovations and Digital Economy Fleur Pellerin (R) cut the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony of a new tunnel reserved for pedestrians, bicycles and buses in Lyon on December 5, 2013. The almost two-kilometre-long tunnel, which will be the largest structure in Europe dedicated to sustainable transport, was unveiled on the eve of the city's traditional Festival of Lights. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon launches Festival of Lights
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvire and the Courthouse are lit in Lyon, east-central France, on December 5, 2013 during rehearsals on the eve of the 15th edition of the city's Festival of Lights, a secular version of a religious tradition devoted to Virgin Mary and dating back to 152 years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon launches Festival of Lights
A railway station is lit in Lyon, east-central France, on December 5, 2013 during rehearsals on the eve of the 15th edition of the city's Festival of Lights, a secular version of a religious tradition devoted to Virgin Mary and dating back to 152 years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon launches Festival of Lights
People ride their bicycles in a new tunnel reserved for pedestrians, bicycles and buses during its inauguration ceremony in Lyon on December 5, 2013. The almost two-kilometre-long tunnel, which will be the largest structure in Europe dedicated to sustainable transport, was unveiled on the eve of the city's traditional Festival of Lights. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon launches Festival of Lights
People visit a new tunnel reserved for pedestrians, bicycles and buses during its inauguration ceremony in Lyon on December 5, 2013. The almost two-kilometre-long tunnel, which will be the largest structure in Europe dedicated to sustainable transport, was unveiled on the eve of the city's traditional Festival of Lights. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon launches Festival of Lights
People visit a new tunnel reserved for pedestrians, bicycles and buses during its inauguration ceremony in Lyon on December 5, 2013. The almost two-kilometre-long tunnel, which will be the largest structure in Europe dedicated to sustainable transport, was unveiled on the eve of the city's traditional Festival of Lights. (AFP/Getty Images)