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AT A GLANCE December 2016


1st December 2016 - 31st December 2016

               Around the region December 2016

Also, take a look at our dedicated Christmas Markets page for more information on what’s happening, when.

WHEN & WHERE? WHAT?
Throughout December, across the region Christmas Toy and Gift Collections. Local associations and Mairies are organising gift donations at various locations throughout December. We have listed some below but there are many, many more taking place. Contact your local Mairie or Tourist Information to find the most convenient for you.
Thursday 1st 8.30pm
Salle Union, Céret
Concert. Gérard Jacuqet and Als Chemists animate the France Bleu tour for Christmas gift collections. Bring along your donations and dance the night away. Call 04 68 81 51 52 for info.
Friday 2nd 9am – 12pm
Hôtel de Ville, Canet
Toy Collection. Bring along any donations to make Christmas a happy time for all local children.
Friday 2nd 8pm
Espace Jean Carrère, Argelès-sur-Mer
Telethon. Singing, dancing, music, fun… and all in the name of a good cause! A charity dinner-dance in aid of Telethon. 16€. Call 04 68 81 10 15 for info and reservations.
Friday 2nd 8pm
Salle Union, Céret
Choral Concert. The Night performed by Choeur Déodat de Severac. Free entry. Call 06 75 22 42 64 for info.
Friday 2nd – Friday 9th
Locaux Arts et Loisirs, Argelès-sur-Mer
Telethon Exhibition. Discover the wide range of arts and crafts created by the Arts et Loisirs Association: embroidery, mosaic, stained glass, enamels, painting and more! All proceeds go to Telethon.
Saturday 3rd 8pm
Théâtre de l’Etang, Saint Estève
Le Pays Catalan Grandeur Nature.
Sunday 4th 9am – 12pm
Pôle Nautique, Canet
Classic Car Rally. Organised by RVA66. Website.
Sunday 4th
Vinça
Telethon in the vines. A quiz with a difference. Discover the vineyards and answer the questions from your quad bike! Lunchtime BBQ in the vines with wine tasting and raffle prizes. All proceeds go to Telethon. Call 04 68 97 04 38 for info and reservations.
Sunday 4th 10pm
Vernet les Bains
Telethon Hike. 9km or 12km circuits, guided by Trail Vernet Aventure, deprting from Place de la République. Celebrate your successful completion, if you still have the legs for it, with a zumba and step gala and a hip-hop demonstration. Phew!
Sunday 4th 3pm
Salle des Fêtes, Ille sur Têt
Telethon Raffle. All proceeds go to Telethon. Call 06 84 94 66 68 for info.
Sunday 4th 3.30pm
Salle Union, Céret
Telethon Concert. 8€. All proceeds go to Telethon. Call 04 68 81 51 52 for info.
Sunday 4th – Sunday 8th Januray
Churches around the region
El Pessebre. 30 singers from the Estuidantina Choir perform a choral and theatrical represetation of the Nativity. Free entry.

  • Sunday 4th December, 5pm, Parc Ducup, Perpignan
  • Sunday 11th December, 4pm, Prades
  • Sunday 18th December, 5pm, Marquixanes
  • Friday 23rd December, 6.30pm, Baixas
  • Monday 26th December, 4pm, Ille sur Tet
  • Sunday 8th January, 4pm, Vinça Les Carmes
Wednesday 7th 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Ille sur Têt
Catalan Cooking Workshop. Various dates available. Call 04 68 55 36 49 or visit the website for more info.
Wednesday 7th 6.30pm
Conservatoire, Perpignan
The Nut Cracker. Alexandre Dumas’ classic faery tale interpreted by the Conservatoire orchestra. Call 04 68 08 60 00 for more info.
Wednesday 7th 8pm
Halle des Sports, Thuir
Concert. Gérard Jacuqet and Als Chemists animate the France Bleu tour for Christmas gift collections. Bring along your donations and dance the night away. Call 04 68 81 51 52 for info.
Wednesday 7th 8.30pm
Eglise de Saint Cyprien Village
Christmas Concert. The Tutti Canti Choir performs their Christmas concert with soloist Jeanne Manson. Free entry but places limited so call 04 68 56 51 97 to book your place.
Thursday 8th 8pm
Grand Stade les Capellans, Saint Cyprien
Concert. Gérard Jacuqet and Als Chemists animate the France Bleu tour for Christmas gift collections. Bring along your donations and dance the night away. Call 04 68 81 51 52 for info.
Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th
Espace Aquasud, Saint Cyprien
Synchronised Swimming National Champioships. Day pass 15€. Weekend pass 45€. Buy on arrival. Call 06 84 81 41 82 for more info.
Friday 9th 6.30pm
Médiathèque Prosper Merimée

 

Apéro Zik. Wind down (or up!) to the weekend with a free concert from local regga band, Ghetto Studio. See our review for the Déferlantes Festival in Argelès this summer.

Friday 9th 9pm
Salle Cocteau du Lido, Prades
Journée de la Laïcité. A film screening of Liberté = Laïcité (Freedom = Secularism), followed by a dramatic representation on the same theme. Call 04 68 05 38 00 for info and reservations.
Friday 9th
Salle des Mariages, Prats de Mollo
Una Mirada sobre l’Os. Opening of photography exhibition by Jean Ribière, documenting the town’s famous Fête de l’Ours . Runs through to March 2017. Call 04 68 39 70 83 for info.
Friday 9th 8.30pm
Salle Union, Céret
Concert. Joy Rage and the Llamps. 7€. Call 04 68 81 51 52 for info.
Friday 9th 8.30pm
Théâtre Jean Piat, Canet
Chamber Music Concert. Trio of piano, violin and cello, performing Tchaïkovsky. Call 04 68 86 72 61 for more info.
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th
Casa Musicale, Perpignan
Kinotaur Festival. A weekend festival celebrating virtual and/or accentuated reality. Explore this new creative branch of the artistic world. Website.
Saturday 10th 5pm
Eglise Saint Saturnin, Vernet les Bains
Christmas Concert. Choral concert performed by the Alegria Choir. Call 04 68 05 55 35 for more info.
Saturday 10th 6pm
Eglise Saint Jacques, Canet
Vivaldi Christmas Concert. Italian and Venetian classics from Vivaldi and Corelli. Call 04 68 73 16 69 for info and reservations.
Saturday 10th 8.30pm
Parc des Expositions, Perpignan
Bolero de Raval. An Andalusian folklore classic, performed by the Russian National Ballet and Symphonic Orchestra. 39€-62€. Buy tickets here.
Saturday 10th 8.30pm
Théâtre des Aspres, Thuir
Le Coq d’Or.
Saturday 10th 8.30pm & Sunday 11th 4pm
Espace Jean Carrère, Argelès
Musicales d’Argelès.
Sunday 11th 10am – 5pm
Villefranche de Conflent
Journée de la Truffe. Truffle festival in the fortified town. Producers’ market in the Salle des Fêtes and special truffle-based menus in the town’s restaurants. Website.
Sunday 11th 3pm
Gymnase les Tilleuls, Cére
Chamber Music and Chocolate. A fine combination in our opinion! Concert begins at 3pm at the Eglise Saint Jacques and will be followed by a film on chocolate production at the Théâtre Jean Piat at 4.30pm, includes tasting! Call the church at 04 68 73 16 69 or the theater at 04 68 86 72 61. 
Sunday 11th 4pm
Gymnase les Tilleuls, Céret
Rugby Club Raffle.
Tuesday 13th 5.30pm
Office de Tourisme, Perpignan
Flambeaux de la Sainte Lucie. To mark the longest night of the year, take part in a flame lit guided tour of Perpignan’s key heritage sites. 5€. Call 04 68 66 18 92 to book your place.
Wednesday 14th 4.30pm – 7pm
Salle des Mariages, Céret
Christmas Baking Competition. Various prizes to be won. Children from 4.30pm – 6pm and adults 6pm – 7pm. Winners announced on Sunday 18th December at 6pm. Sign up at the Mairie or by calling 04 68 87 00 53.
Wednesday 14th 6.30pm
Salle Union, Céret
Christmas Concert. Students from the Ecole de Musique du Vallespir perform their Christmas repertoire. Call 04 68 81 51 52 for info.
Thursday 15th 8.30pm
Cinéma Jaurès, Argelès-sur-Mer
Les Amours de Jacques. Discover, or rediscover, the repertoire of Jacques Brel via this original film depicting his life and his lovers in the Fabulous 50s. 10€. Call 04 68 81 15 37 for info and reservations.
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th
Salle Génin de Règnes, Saint Cyprien
Hand-made Salon. In the run up to Christmas, browse and buy beautiful hand-crafted items at the weekend-long salon. Friday afternoon, 3pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-7pm. Call 04 68 37 25 02 for more info.
Saturday 17th 10am-6pm
Brasserie de la Gare, Perpignan
International Train Day. Photo and artefcat exhibtion, conferences and presentations at the Perpignan travel hub, baptised by Salvador Dalèi as El Centro del Mon (the centre of the world). Call 06 81 32 41 68 for more info.
Saturday 17th 3pm – 5pm
Médiathèque Prosper Merimée, Saint Cyprien
Christmas Flower Arranging Workshop. Bring your own tools (seceteurs etc.) 15€. Places limited, reservations recommended. Call 04 68 37 32 70 for info and bookings.
Saturday 17th 3pm – 8pm
Perpignan
Christmas Carols. Two choirs will be performing in the streets of the town centre from 3pm to 5pm. Circuits include: Place Arago, Place de la Lôge, Place Gambetta, Place Jean Jaurès and Place de la République. Then, at 6.30pm, head to the Cathédral Saint Jean Baptiste for an evening of carols accentuated by the beautiful acoustics.
Saturday 17th 5pm
Céret
4th Fête de la Llum. 4th annual festival of light. Paper lanterns will be offered to children and parents in front of the Mairie at 5pm. The procession will leave at 5.30pm, going via Place Picasso and onto the Stade Fondecave, where the laterns will be released. Free hot chocolate available. A free carousel will also be in placed in Place République until 1st January. Call 04 68 87 00 53 for info.
Saturday 17th 8pm
Parc des Expositions, Perpignan
Stars 80!
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th
Théatre des Aspres, Thuir
Il était une fois Noël au Théâtre.  Festive theatre for the whole family.
Sunday 18th 3.30pm
Espace ludique des Airelles, Font Romeu
Snowman Competition. Win ski passes, ski hats and a whole host of edible goodies. Free hot chocolate during prize giving. Sign up at the Office de Tourisme.
Sunday 18th 4.30pm
Gymnase les Tilleuls, Céret
Firefighters’ Raffle.
Sunday 18th 5pm
Eglise Saint Pierre, Céret
Choral Concert. Performed by the Madrigal Choir. Free entry. Call 04 68 87 00 53 for info.
Sunday 18th 8pm
Théâtre Municipal, Perpignan
2016 Hairdressing Show. Hairdressing competition for apprentices followed by demonstrations and exhibition shows from this year’s winners of the special honours award, le Brevet de Maîtrise. Call 04 68 34 59 34 for more info.
Wednesday 21st 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Ille sur Têt
Catalan Cooking Workshop. Various dates available. Call 04 68 55 36 49 or visit the website for more info.
Thursday 22nd 5.30pm
Font Romeu
 Snow Colour Race. A night time obstacle race through the town centre. From 1.5km to 5kms, there’s a circuit for all age groups (minimum 10 years). 10€-25€. Concert and colour explosion at the finish line.
Thursday 22nd 6pm
Eglise de Saint Cyprien
Nativity Performance.
Thursday 22nd 6pm
Perpignan
Balade Gourmande. A festive gastronomic tour of Perpignan’s cultural sites. Discover the magic of Perpignan and savour the local produce provided by local artisans. Walk starts at the Office de Tourisme on Quai Vauban. 25€. Call 04 68 66 30 30 for info and bookings.
Saturday 24th 7pm
Bolquère Pyrénées 2000
Chirstmas Show. Night skiing performance by firelight, fireworks and the arrival of Santa. Call 04 68 30 12 42 for more info.
Thursday 29th 6pm
Perpignan
Balade Gourmande. A festive gastronomic tour of Perpignan’s cultural sites. Discover the magic of Perpignan and savour the local produce provided by local artisans. Walk starts at the Office de Tourisme on Quai Vauban. 25€. Call 04 68 66 30 30 for info and bookings.
Thursday 29th 8.30pm
Salle du Foirail, Prades
Tango Show. Dance performances from NonStopTango and Alycristango. 10€. Call 04 68 05 41 02 for info and reservations.
Friday 30th 5.30pm
Castillet, Perpignan
Flambeaux de Perpignan. Guided tour of Perpignan by firelight. Call 04 68 66 18 92 to book your place.
Saturday 31st 9am – 2pm
Mairie, Céret
Truffle Market. 
Saturday 31st
Prats de Mollo
La nuit des Bodegas. Bring in the New Year with a musical street party in the fortified town. This year’s theme: sang et or (Catalan colours!). On offer: oysters, foie gras, salmon, charcuterie, onion soup and of course, plenty of wine!

 

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Start:
1st December 2016
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31st December 2016
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