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Christmas Markets 2019
31st December 2019 - 2nd January 2020
Christmas is Coming
Yes, it’s getting towards that time of year again and whether you’re Crimbo crazy or suitably Scrooge, a nice cup of vin chaud never goes amiss!
Dates are dependent on weather and other variables so please do double check with local mairies or offices de tourisme a few days before- our info is only good as the people who sent it!
If you know of any other Christmas Markets in the region, drop us an email and we’ll add it to the list.
MERCI ET BONNES FETES!
Villages de Noël
Christmas trees, ice rinks, snow-topped chalets… the region boasts some truly magical Christmas villages. Whether you’re shopping, skating or visiting Santa, the villages de Noël are the perfect idea for some festive family fun.
Friday 29th November – Sunday 5th January
The historic Quai Vauban undergoes a complete Christmas make-over with twinkling lights, a giant ferris wheel and of course, the quaint Christmas market.
Open Monday to Thursday 10.30am – 8pm and Friday to Sunday 10.30am – 9pm, the traditional wooden chalets sell a range of festive and artisan products including hot wine and churros.
Why not tie it in with a visit to Les Halles? There’s also a fun fair in Place Catalogne (in front of the old Fnac building), donkey rides in Place Gambetta every Saturday and over the Christmas weekend, and various festive entertainment through the other squares and streets.
Contact the Office de Tourisme for more info.
Thursday 12th December – Sunday 5th January
Canet en Roussillon
Check out the festive entertainment and traditional wooden chalets at the beach of Canet en Roussillon every day from 10am to midnight. Concerts, performance art, ice sculpting, music, games and of course beautiful artisan gifts and produce.
Friday 13th December 7pm, opening party
Monday 23rd December from 2.30pm, kids Christtmas party with Santa arriving at 5pm
Monday 31st December from 10pm, NYE show with fireworks at 11.45pm
Friday 20th December – Sunday 29th December
Argelès sur Mer
Another wonderful Christmas village bursting with toys, clothes, jewellery, food and drink. Meet Santa and enjoy plenty of Christmas shows and spectacles for the whole family, including giant inflatables, an ice skating rink and pony rides.
Friday 20th 7pm, opening party with live music
Wednesday 25th 7.30pm, jazzy Christmas carols
Friday 20th – Sunday 29th
Not as long as the other markets but still definitely worth a visit. Wooden chalets, hot wine and plenty of festive cheer from 6pm every night. Head to place de la République from 2pm for free fair rides.
Friday 20th 7pm, opening party with balloon releasing and light show
Santa will be welcoming kids into his chalet on Friday 20th from 5pm to 10pm and from 21st to 24th between 2pm and 8.30pm. They can even meet with him after his world tour on Wednesday 25th from 2pm to 5pm!
Wednesday 27th November – Sunday 12th January
One of the biggest, brightest and most festive villages de Noël in the south of France! Held in the vast Jardins du Lydia from late November through to mid-January, the village of over 70 chalets is set to welcome over 1 million visitors and as such will boast a wide range of stands: arts & crafts, food & drink, toys, clothes and more!
This year, there’s also the Christmas market in place de la République (village) and the Smurf Experience in Mas de l’Ille.
Be warned, over 11s have to pay to get in (2€ per person during the week outside of school hols and 5€ per person on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday outside of school holidays and every day during school holidays). Family passes available. More details here.
From the 6th December
Between the ice skating rink (opening on the 6th) and the traditional carousel, the cosy wooden chalets (opening on the 13th), there’s plenty of festive fun for the whole family in Thuir this Christmas. Be sure to check out the Christmas shows at the Théâtre des Aspres too!
Friday 13th, Santa’s illuminated parade
Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th December
In the place Picasso and the place Barri, kids can enjoy the Christmas fair rides absolutely free each afternoon.
Santa comes to town between 3.30pm and 5pm on the 18th, 21st and 24th.