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 like a tourist) 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 Brittany on a week-long luxury tour

Early summer is the perfect time to head to Brittany. Discover bucolic landscapes and beautiful beaches in a land that’s brimming with culture and art. Chateaux galore, medieval towns, mile after mile of peaceful and picturesque countryside dotted with pretty little villages or oodles of long, golden sandy beaches. Local cuisine, boulangeries with fresh baked […]

Continue Reading

Provence lavender photography tour

Hone your photography skills on a seriously special tour amidst the scented lavender fields and in the most beautiful villages of Provence. You’ll experience the Provencal way of life, visit colourful street markets, celebrate Bastille Day, explore magical medieval villages and discover secret places. And you’ll capture this enchanting experience on camera with a superb […]

Continue Reading

The best gastronomic guided Tour of Dordogne

One of the main reasons we all love France so much is for it’s wonderful gastronomy. Those marvellous markets, the cake and bread shops, cheese and wine – they are as every bit as alluring as the enchanting castles, fabulous countryside and wonderful vineyards. French gastronomy is world famous. It’s UNESCO listed even. And in Dordogne […]

Continue Reading

Join the best tour of the French Riviera – ever

We’re known for telling you about the very best tours of France. But every now and again, something super special comes up. The Girls Guide to Paris Tour of the French Riviera, following in the footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald, is nothing short of dazzling…. French Riviera Tour in the footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald […]

Continue Reading

The ultimate gourmet truffle and wine tour Provence

There are some foods which epitomise the essence of gastronomic greatness  – truffles are one of them. And good wine is another. The legendary “black diamonds” of Provence are revered as much top chefs as by local families. They’re added to artistic dishes by master chefs around the world and by keen cooks to enhance […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

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

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top