Perfect Provence Christmas Tour

christmas-in-provence

Of course we first think of lavender, sunflowers and sitting under a plane tree drinking rosé while munching on olives from the market and cooling off by the fountain.  But what if I told you that there are unique treasures during the winter months that can be experienced only in Provence.

Christmas in Provence is a truly magical time.  The towns and streets are vibrant with the sights and sounds of holiday markets, nativity scenes, traditional parades. And, as for the gastronomy – it is nothing short of extraordinary.

The weather is, well, not summer, but there’s something about wearing that fashionable French scarf with a winter hat that makes you feel a bit Frenchy while you meander the markets sipping hot mulled wine and nibbling roasted chestnuts.  You’ll want to bring your winter attire but I can reassure you that Provence is far from being like the North of France. We have many days of sun and the average temperature in December is around 50° (give or take) certainly warm enough with a jacket on to sit outside in the winter sun.

Authentic Provence

provence-christmas-crystalised-fruit

Feeling a part of local life (and not the tourists) is easier to do during the winter holiday time.  Most of the people roaming the streets and enjoying the holiday festivities are locals. The French love to get out and celebrate and this part of France are deeply rooted in their customs.

Provence has a unique heritage to share with us:

Santons – clay figurines hand made and painted to represent the people in a Provencal village and the scene of baby Jesus’ birth.  These are great collector gifts and unique for anybody who is looking for some authentic hand crafted Christmas present.  In our family, we get one figurine each year to add to our nativity scene.

provence-chistmas-santons

13 desserts – a traditional “meal” eaten after midnight mass served buffet style including pomp à l’huile (olive oil and orange water flat bread), oranges, nougat, almonds, dried figs, Calissons d’Aix and more. Why 13 desserts? To symbolize Christ and his 12 disciples. The symbolism is also in each dessert. For example, the oranges represent wealth and are often given as a traditional Christmas gift.

Truffles – the winter truffle of Provence is bursting with aroma by the end of December, just in time for us to sniff with a dog on a truffle hunt in the Luberon.

Holiday chalets for the cosy Christmas market atmosphere with a large selection of culinary delicacies, arts and crafts.

Festive lights and beautifully decorated shops

Nativity scenes in towns and churches depicting the way of life in the past, the imagination and detail in these scenes is remarkable.

provence-christmas-tour

 

Indulge in a magical Christmas in Provence tour

If you’re thinking of a winter adventure, a bit of indulgence, time to relax, culture, somewhere with a magical holiday feel and a lot of good food and wine, then this Food & Wine Christmas Tour was designed with you in mind.

Romantic and cosy accommodation
Gourmet meals, wine tasting, truffle hunting and cookery lesson
The best of both worlds; 3 nights in the countryside of renowned wine region Cotes-du-Rhone, 3 nights in the charming city of Aix-en-Provence
Many Christmas markets, a truffle market, historical anecdotes, holiday festivities, fireplaces, spa indulgence and time to stop and rest – after all you are on this tour to not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a typical Christmas.

AND, should the weather not be our friend, nothing can stop us from visiting wine cellars, spending more time in the spa, visiting the many museums in Aix-en-Provence, cooking with a chef and sipping café at the local brasserie on the famous Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence – all lit up for you.

What a lovely way to start your Christmas season and the New Year.

Take a  magical tour at Christmas with Your Private Provence tours and experience real Provence like a local.

Related Articles

Discover Grasse, Provence capital of perfume in France

“Grasse didn’t always smell this nice. It used to stink,” my Nose told me. “It was a leather tanning town and the stench was unbearable. The first fragrance produced was for designer gloves. Rose water to mask the ghastly smell. Catherine de Medici endorsed them. And Grasse quickly became the perfume capital of the world.” […]

Continue Reading

Bethune Christmas market northern France

A short drive from Calais brings you to the town of Bethune in the Hauts de France region, department Pas de Calais. It’s not that well known on the tourist map, overlooked for its larger neighbours Lille and Arras as well as arty favourite Lens with its swanky branch of the Louvre. Bethune, northern France […]

Continue Reading

Christmas Markets Alsace 2018

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 […]

Continue Reading

Le Touquet Christmas Market 2018

Le Touquet is a smart, chic and delightful seaside town on the Opal Coast about 45 minutes from Calais. Famous for its lights, shops and art deco covered market place, Le Touquet makes for a lovely Christmas market visit. This year the gorgeous Le Touquet lights will be illuminated on Friday 30 November. The Christmas […]

Continue Reading

Boulogne-sur-Mer Christmas Market 2018

Those who have discovered the old town of Boulogne-sur-Mer will be aware how very pretty this part of the port town is and at Christmas time it’s even more magical. Enter the old town through the immense stone gates cut into the high walls and discover a real winter wonderland. This is one of my […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top