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5 Best Christmas Markets

Our favourite markets to get you in the festive mood

Belgium and Germany are well known for their colourful Christmas markets, but France too has its share of opulent festivities. Here are our 5 favourite markets.

1. Strasbourg

It goes without saying that Strasbourg, the Capital of Christmas, has an exceptional market, set in front of the Gothic style cathedral. With over 300 stalls, a huge tree and a skating rink, it draws in 2 million visitors every season.

2. Nice

Alongside chalets selling crafts, gifts, hot wine and food, the Nice Christmas market has a Ferris wheel for families to ride on and an ice-skating rink., There are various events throughout the season such as Christmas parades and concerts.

French Christmas cookies

3. Amiens

Home to the largest Christmas market in northern France, Amiens is a delightful spectacle in winter. Visitors enter through a huge archway into a village of stalls offering locally produced treats and gifts, and the cathedral is lit up at nightfall, bringing its stonework to life through the son et lumière.

4. Reims

The highlight of Reims Christmas market is the entertainment. From carol singers to Jazz bands to magicians, there’s plenty going on. A special gourmet food festival also takes place on two weekends in December, bringing the finest of French cuisine to the town.

5. Avignon

With its specially lit up buildings and 60 stalls selling Provençal wares, Avignon is something a little different from its northern counterparts. There are fabrics, jewellery and candles for sale, there’s street theatre and plenty of tasty treats to nibble while you browse.