Christmas Markets

Ho Ho La La at the Lille Christmas Market

Ho Ho La La at the Lille Christmas Market

Where I live in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, we’re totally spoiled for choice when it comes to Christmas markets. I can’t really claim to be a Christmassy person; I’ve always found it a bit commercial though I do love a Christmas Party! Being in the north of France though has changed me. It definitely […]

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Thirteen desserts of Provence at Christmas

Written by on December 11, 2013 in Christmas Markets, French Cuisine, Provence-Alpes
Thirteen desserts of Provence at Christmas

  French cuisine – it’s one of the things that make France great. Gastronomy is such a critical part of the heritage of France that it has been recognised with a UNESCO “World intangible Heritage” status. Getting together with family and friends over a meal is a popular activity in France and as you’d expect […]

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The Christmas Market Riquewihr, Alsace

Written by on December 5, 2013 in Alsace, Christmas Markets
The Christmas Market Riquewihr, Alsace

Choosing a Marché de Noël in Alsace shouldn’t be difficult. After all, more than any region I’ve visited, this northeastern section of France knows how to party, with a village fête nearly every weekend celebrating fiddlers, fairytales, choucroute, wine – the list goes on. Five years since moving to the southern edge of Alsace, my […]

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The fabulous Christmas market Eguisheim

Written by on December 5, 2013 in Alsace, Christmas Markets
The fabulous Christmas market Eguisheim

With more than 100 Christmas markets in the region of Alsace, the largest and oldest fittingly resides in the capital Strasbourg, which even calls itself the “Capital of Christmas”. Yet after sampling both Strasbourg and Colmar festivities that roll out in big-city fashion, I wanted to visit a marché de Noël with a different kind […]

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Paris Christmas Markets 2013 Guide

Written by on December 3, 2013 in Christmas Markets, Paris
Paris Christmas Markets 2013 Guide

This has got to be one of the top wish list items at Christmas – a visit to a beautiful Christmas market in Paris! There’s nothing quite like the sight of the beautiful Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées sparkling with light, the wonderful window displays and of course – the Christmas […]

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Visit a French Chateau at Christmas

Written by on November 30, 2013 in Christmas Markets, Museums and Châteaux
Visit a French Chateau at Christmas

Christmas… chateaux… culture … celebrate the holiday in style with a visit to the Loire Valley chateaux which dress up in their finest decorations to celebrate this happy time. Visiting one of the great chateaux in France is always special but at Christmas it provides for a positively enchanting experience! Lots of Chateaux put up special […]

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Christmas Champs-Elysées style

Written by on November 29, 2013 in Christmas Markets, Paris
Christmas Champs-Elysées style

There are many people who have Paris at Christmas on their wish list and I’m really not surprised… Christmas in Paris is famous for a reason – from the displays especially decorated for children at the major department stores, to whole streets strung with lights overhead and shop windows luxuriously adorned for the festive season. […]

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Christmas Markets Alsace 2013

Written by on November 27, 2013 in Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets Alsace 2013

Alsace is pretty much where modern Christmas started almost 500 years ago. It was the first place to hold a Christmas market, to have Christmas trees in homes and it’s where the Christmas bauble was invented! Located in north-eastern France, Alsace, like Lorraine, is unlike other French regions in that its culture is heavily influenced by its […]

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Where to see the Christmas lights in Paris 2013

Written by on November 27, 2013 in Christmas Markets, Paris
Where to see the Christmas lights in Paris 2013

  Christmas is when Paris really does seem to live up to its name as the City of Light and the Christmas lights in Paris 2013 promise to bring a feeling of magic to the festive season. All over the capital the signs of the festive season become apparent from the end of November as […]

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Christmas Festivals in France 2013

Written by on November 22, 2013 in Christmas Markets
Christmas Festivals in France 2013

  Hundreds of wonderful festivals take place in France for Christmas – from quirky and authentic events like the Licques Turkey Parade to the huge Festival of Lights in Lyon attended by huge crowds. Going to a Christmas market is one of the great festivities of the season – so, where ever you are in […]

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