Beautiful Lyon is among the most stunning cities in France, and truly Europe as a whole. It is an especially fun destination with children, and winter brings out some of the city’s very best. Experience this special winter day that takes advantage of some of the city’s most exciting offerings, as well as a full dose of festive fun and gorgeous visuals sure to delight any family.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 8 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 86 quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon – France
Phone: (+33) 04 72 69 05 00
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 AM – 7 PM (But open until 10 PM Thursdays), Saturday/Sunday 10 AM – 7 PM, Closed Mondays and Holidays
Admission: Free of Charge
This ultra modern building houses an equally forward thinking museum. The Confluence Museum will merge elements of natural history, anthropology, art and culture for a unique slant on the human condition. It is said that the carefully curated collection which spans multiple fields will help to “understand the evolution, dreams and questions of human societies in time and space.” This is a brand new space, opening December 20th, 2014 and has four permanent exhibition spaces as well as areas dedicated to temporary exhibitions, workshops, and two auditoriums. Be on the lookout for special events.
Address: 98 Place de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon, France
Phone: (+33) 04 78 25 13 01
Hours: Open daily, hours depend on church schedule, consult website.
Getting There: 10 Minute cab from last stop. No public transit options.
This spectacular church has a long and storied history. Built in the 19th century, it has 4 octagonal towers and an impressive interior filled with art and terrific architecture. It is a functioning church and the priests who staff it are a friendly lot who will welcome you and your family. Besides gazing upon the impressive sights inside, the real reason you are here is above. Widely considered to be one of the most impressive vantage points in Lyon, the trip up to the tower is a must see in winter as you gaze upon the city lit up from above and really take in the spectacle of this festive season. See the note below about the annual Festival of Lights. If it is snowing or has recently the view will only be that much more amazing.
Address: bd de la Croix Rousse, 1er
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 6 AM – 1 PM. Friday – Sunday 6 AM – 1:30 PM, Closed Mondays
Getting There: A 10-15 minute cab from the last stop.
One of Lyon’s two major outdoor markets (the other being a good ways south at Place Carton) becomes a festive holiday market through December 25th each year. Enjoy festive decor, shopping, food and music as you enjoy the same place the locals go to bring on the holiday cheer. Stop by one of the city’s many bouchons which serve heavy, meaty fare like stews and other meals fit for a cold winter day. Fortify yourself and celebrate a winter in France like the French do.
Throughout Your Winter Visit:
December 5-8th marks the annual Fête des Lumières , or “Festival of Lights.” Before, during and after this festive period makes for a wonderful time to visit Lyon. See the city lit up with impressive displays from local artists. The city is taken over as more than 70 major installations cover all manner of buildings, streets and parks. People come from around the world to see this unique and beautiful spectacle which will enhance all the other stops you make throughout your day and create others as you stop to admire an exhibition the size of the city.