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Nuit des Lumières, Collioure

13th December 2017

Collioure lights up for Christmas

Saint Lucy’s Day is a Christian festival held on the 13th December. It celebrates the third century martyr who brought food and aid by candlelight to Christians hiding in the catacombs during the Great Persecution of the Roman Empire.

Before the calendar reforms, Saint Lucy’s Day coincided with the Winter Solstice, heralding an end to the darkness and a return to light. It also signaled the arrival of Christmastide, or the Light of Christ.

Any way you look at it, the 13th December has long been associated with light and this year is no exception. As part of the Collioure Couleurs celebrations, this Wednesday from 7pm, from the lighthouse to the cliffs, Collioure’s main heritage sites will shine like the jewels that they are.

La nuit des lumières is the product of cooperation between local schools, associations and businesses as well as a Montpellier-based architecture school and lighting specialists from the world-renowned Festival of Light in Lyon.

Be sure to check out:

  • la jetée du phare (lighthouse jetty)
  • la chapelle Saint Vincent
  • le château de la Rocasse
  • l’église Nôtre-Dame-des-Anges and its iconic bell tower
  • le château Royal

For the full list of sites, contact the Office de Tourisme on 04 68 82 15 47.