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Christmas Markets Breaks in France

Christmas time is coming to town! Discover the best Christmas markets breaks in France. Enjoy their Christmas decorations, their beautiful Christmas trees, the best place to find original Christmas gifts for the whole family in one of the best Christmas destinations  in France


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 During the first three weeks of December

During the weeks before Christmas and New Year's, Avignon puts on its finest and sparkles every day!


At the Christmas markets, artisans and tradespeople offer all kinds of products to celebrate Christmas: santons for the crèche, gourmand food products and regional specialties, Christmas trees and Christmas gifts, and other discoveries...


The Christmas Markets of Avignon offer traditional goods for the end of year festivities, including lots of delicious food products. Santon-makers display their wares and lovely objects have been patiently made to tempt gift-givers. Crèches are visible in many different venues in Avignon, to see the santons in settings that are characteristic of Provence landscapes.


Many different Christmas celebrations, concerts and Masses take place in December and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the city's churches.

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 From 25th November to 31st December 2016

The magic of Christmas in Colmar, first of all there’s the ambiance of the Old Town, illuminated and decorated like a fairy tale : a historic setting made magical by the Christmas illuminations which, in this festive period, blend harmoniously with the wonderful lighting designed to enhance the town’s heritage, and lay a soothing aura of light over the centre of Colmar.


Colmar town centre is essentially pedestrian, comprises numerous architectural treasures such as monuments, churches, museums and alleys, full of imposing buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Marvel at the Maison Pfister, the Koïfhus, Unterlinden museum, Little Venice, the maison des têtes and Saint Martin's Collegiate church. The whole town is decorated, as in a dream, turning the old centre into a veritable open-air theatre where the warm Christmas mood envelops the heart of the town.

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 From 18th November to 30th December 2016

In the heart of winter, Lille sparkles and glows with joie de vivre! With the wave of a magic wand, the city takes on a festive atmosphere and welcomes you to a winter wonderland!


On Place Rihour, more than 80 chalets teem with gift ideas, nativity figurines, Christmas decorations and festive food. You can find regional specialities here, and you can also find arts and crafts from Russia, Poland, and Québec, as well as products from Native America. 

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 From 21st November to 27th December 2016

With exceptional decorations made of a unique fabric in Alsace, festive lighting and many animations, Mulhouse is definitely THE place to live the Christmas magic.


The distinctiveness of the Christmas market of Mulhouse comes from its link to its rich industrial textile history. For this 25th edition, the star will be of course this particular fabric.

Connecting authenticity and tradition, this fabric is however constantly renewed with originality and each year, a new and exclusive Christmas fabric dresses the whole city for that time of the year.

This fabric, as well as the decors that will dress up the chalets and the city center streets are all realized and created by local artists.

Sparkling lights, smells of spices, mulled wine and ginger, the decor is set in the purest Alsatian tradition.


The Christmas market of Mulhouse presents to the visitors a magical interlude, where fabrics and celebrations intertwine in a warm atmosphere. 

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 From 15th November to 31st December 2016

Traditional and popular Christmas markets are a major shopping event and are held from November onwards.


Originating in Germany and the Alsace, Christmas markets have spread throughout Europe since the 1990s. Little by little, they have become an essential festive event during the Christmas season in Paris. They are held all over the capital: in Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés , Place de la Nation on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and in Place du Trocadéro …,  and are a great success with passers-by.


These markets made up of wooden chalets create a warm and magical Christmassy atmosphere and are the perfect place to pick up Christmas decorations, festive objects, regional produce and arts & crafts … You will certainly find  decorations for your Christmas tree, some original ideas for Christmas presents and ingredients to make your Christmas meals even more delicious. (©paris.info)

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 From 25th November to 31st December 2016

It was in Strasbourg in 1570 that the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe took place, then called the "Christkindelsmärik" (market of the Infant Jesus).


Since this time, Strasbourg has continued the tradition of a traditional, authentic, warm and generous Alsatian Christmas and these are all the reasons why "Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas" continues to enjoy repeated success.


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