05 July 15 September 2024

Le Puy-en-Velay

Experiencing Le Puy-en-Velay means discovering the first light destination in France. Puy de Lumières enhances 9 emblematic heritage sites until midnight every summer evening. At the bend of a square, historical monuments, in the heart of a botanical garden, on a volcanic chimney more than 2 million years old or even on the Loire – the first river of France, magnificent animated visual and audio projections will take you will make you travel and discover our splendid destination from July 1, 5!

Puy of Lights

9 magical shows

Each scenography highlights one of the many riches of our destination: heritage, specialties, volcanism, great natural sites, pages of history... Discover 9 unique shows.

Place du Plot during Puy de Lumières
Luke Olivier


From July 5 to September 15, 2024.

Puy de Lumières begins every evening at dusk and ends at midnight. In order for spectators to benefit from optimal color and show quality, the show time varies depending on the length of the day.


From Friday July 5 to Tuesday July 9 – 22:40 p.m.
From Wednesday July 10 to Tuesday July 23 – 22:30 p.m.
From Wednesday July 24 to Tuesday July 30 – 22:15 p.m.
From Wednesday July 31 to Tuesday August 6 – 22 p.m.
From Wednesday August 7 to Tuesday August 13 – 21:45 p.m.
From Wednesday August 14 to Tuesday August 27 – 21:30 p.m.
From Wednesday August 28 to Tuesday September 3 – 21:15 p.m.
From Wednesday September 4 to Sunday September 15 – 21 p.m.

Please note:
1) No screening at the Crozatier museum on the following dates:
– from July 14 to 21 (Festival des Nuits de Saint-Jacques)
– from September 9 (King of the Bird Festival)

2) July 14: Shows start at 23 p.m. for the following sites (fireworks cause):
– Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe rock
– Saint-Alexis chapel of the Departmental Council

3) August 14: no show at the Cathedral (Procession cause)

The thousand-year-old history

Notre-Dame du Puy Cathedral

A major building in religious history, the cathedral hosts a spectacle that shapes its architecture. The ornamentation of this heritage monument is modeled in sculptural, organic and futuristic forms, carrying a nod to Puy-en-Velay and its traditions including lace or the path of Saint-Jacques-de- Compostela. 

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The Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe rock

4th favorite monument of the French 2014… In the middle of the waves, the volcano emerges from the depths of the earth. A dragon comes to challenge the Archangel Saint-Michel who will defeat him. The winged knight will give way to a church under construction which will gradually be adorned with the most beautiful reliefs and surrounded by astonishing nature throughout the 4 seasons.

Luke Olivier

The rebirth of the volcano

The rock and the Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe chapel will recall the fire of the volcanoes, as well as the four very marked seasons in Haute-Loire.

The fantastic visit

The Crozatier museum

Every summer night, Charles Crozatier steps out of his classic painting to offer a fantastic and supernatural tour of the Museum that bears his name. The Mastodon and the wild animals shake, the fossils come back to life, the ancient mechanisms mysteriously start up again and the Egyptian mummies break into extravagant dances. 

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Colors France!  

The Town Hall of Puy-en-Velay

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Blue, white, red… The colors of the Republic take possession of the Puy-en-Velay Town Hall building. Historical, heritage, cultural, artistic and festive symbols, carried by this harmony of identity, tell, testify, are exhibited and play in this show with catchy tones! 

Varied artistic programming  

The Puy-en-Velay Theater

Circus, theater, paintings, dance, digital and technological arts are on the program in the wildest dreams of lights... Listed in the inventory of Historic Monuments, the Theater is the work of the architect Ponot Antoine Martin. Inaugurated on July 8, 1893 by Raymond Poincaré, the building and its large room are representative of Italian-style theaters. 

Long live the market and its local products  

Place du Plot

Beautiful nature surrounds Le Puy-en-Velay, cereal crops, flowering meadows, undergrowth with mushrooms and red fruits, livestock and good farm products, farmers in the fields, multi-talented gastronomy… and the queen Lentille verte du Puy AOP over the generations! The Puy-en-Velay market, the most beautiful market in Auvergne and among the 10 most beautiful markets in France for TF1. 

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Land of festivals  

The Saint-Alexis chapel  

The music festivals in Haute-Loire shine with their qualities and varieties. They offer to listen, in concerts, classical, folk, country, Celtic, jazz brass, pop rock... Illustrating these various musical themes, the Saint-Alexis chapel offers, every summer evening, a rhythmic show of lights, images and sounds. 

Along the Loire River

The Old Bridge of Brives-Charensac

Embark on a stroll in lights in the waves of the wild Loire. From its source at Mont Gerbier de Jonc, to the waves of the ocean. The natural Loire and its fish pass under the Pont-Vieux and the Pont Galard of Brives-Charensac, then cross the Monts d'Auvergne, reflecting the castles of the kings of France, to throw themselves into the arms of the Atlantic. 

The Brives-Charensac Media Library  

The Loire, in spectacle on and under the Pont Vieux, continues its journey to the media library. The facades of this cultural building and their reflections in the water extend the narrative intrigue of this fiery Loire richly inhabited by flora and fauna. The sequence which illustrates historical passages of Brives-Charensac is maintained in this current of the river.


What time does Puy de Lumières start?

To get the most out of the shows, it is essential that night has fallen. Throughout the summer, the start of shows varies depending on the sunset. Find show start times here.

What time does Puy de Lumières end?

Every evening at midnight sharp!

Getting around during Puy de Lumières?

Puy de Lumières offers 7 shows in the town of Puy-en-Velay and 2 on the banks of the Loire in Brives-Charensac. The route is open, free and can be done on foot to discover the shows of each monument. To go to Brives-Charensac, it takes 5 minutes by car but you can also choose the bike or electric scooter!

Puy de Lumières with family?

The Puy de Lumières shows are intended for young and old alike. You will be able to enjoy your summer evenings with family, with your children and with friends discovering these exceptional light projections.

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