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Disco cathedral? Lyon's Festival of Lights

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View of Les Chrysalides de Saint-Jean installation by artist Damien Fontaine at the Saint-Jean Cathedral during the rehearsal for the "Festival of Lights" in central Lyon late on the night of Dec. 5. 

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View of Les Chrysalides de Saint-Jean installation by artist Damien Fontaine at the Saint-Jean Cathedral during a rehearsal for the "Festival of Lights" in central Lyon, Dec. 5.

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Four images of Les Chrysalides de Saint-Jean installation by artist Damien Fontaine at the Saint-Jean Cathedral during a rehearsal on Dec. 5.

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As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, take a look at beautiful light displays from around the globe.

The Festival of Lights, with designers from all over the world, is one of Lyon’s most famous festivals and will run from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9. The annual festival takes over buildings, squares, rivers and hills of the city with more than 70 performances and light installations and attracts over four million visitors to the city of Lyon, France.

2012 Festival of Lights website

Artist Damien Fontaine (site in French)

Festival of Lights website 2011

Buildings in Lyon, France beamed brightly for the city's annual light festival. Meanwhile, Kobe, Japan also shined in lights in honor of the 1995 Hanshin earthquake as well as last year's tsunami-earthquake disaster. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.