December Events in Provence 2017
Snow in Provence! For once we might get a white Christmas! There are many Christmas markets this month in Provence. This is the time to binge on delicious nougat, foie gras, pink champagne and oysters. Yes, that is basically a French Christmas. In my opinion, the best markets are outdoor which I’ve included here. Are you feeling merry yet?
Click the link for all the many small and large Upcoming Christmas Markets for Les Bouches du Rhone, including ongoing markets such as the Christmas market in Aix en Provence.
25 Nov- 25 Dec
Marché de Noel – Salon de Provence
25 wooden chalet stands
Place Morgan et Cours Carnot, every day from 10-19h, except Mondays from 14h-19h.
Dec 3- Jan 1st
Noël à Nice
There’s lots going on in Nice during the festive season. Check out the schedule!
Marché de Noel – Lambesc
9h30-18h This market has a couple stands from Northern France which is great for a little variety.
Marché de Noel – Cadenet
Christmas market and parade in the streets.
Mas du Juge – Maillaine
45 artisans, 10-20h
Encierro d’Hiver – Saint Remy de Provence
Arénes, 14h30. The bulls are back!
Marché de Noel Hotel Mirande – Avignon***
Lovely artisan market couples with gourmand food and wine at this charming hotel in Avignon. This is a must on my December calendar. Sadly, the Avignon Christmas market is cancelled this year. Read my article about Christmas in Avignon.
Fête de l’Huile Nouvelle – Aix en Provence
A celebration of the newly pressed olive oil from around Aix. Try quality oils and all delicious products made with olives.
Marché de Noel – Lauris
A little market in this artsy town overlooking the Luberon.
Marché de Noël – Vénasque
Take in the stunning views from this town while doing a little shopping. 9h-17h
Marché de Noel – Mallemort
10h-19h, 100 stands
Marché des 13 Desserts et du Gros Souper – Saint Remy de Provence
A market providing everything you need for the traditional supper of the 24th of December. Including the 13 desserts. Read my article about this market.
Marché des Créateurs Hotel Gounod – Saint Remy de Provence
Get the most of your Christmassy weekend in St Remy by visiting Hotel Gounod‘s Christmas market. A classy artisan market. One of my favourites. Have a cocktail or hot chocolate in the bar. Lovely.
Marché des 13 Desserts – Aix en Provence
Place François Villon. Les Allées.
List of the 13 Desserts for the Provencal Christmas meal on the 24th:
- Dried fruits that represent the robes of 4 orders of monks. Dried raisons for the Dominicans, dried figues for the Franciscans, Hazelnuts for the Augustinians, and Almonds for the Carmelites.
- La pompe à huile ou gibassié (brioche often in the form of a figure of 8 made with olive oil and flavoured either with orange blossom or aniseed),
- White or black nougat
- Quince Jelly
- White grapes
- Christmas Melon
- Oranges or Mandarines
- Calissons d’Aix (a candy from Aix made with melon and marzipan
Marché de Noel – Gordes
Marché Truffes & Gastronomie – Rognes
A market of quality products, including truffles, for indulging during the season. Love this little town.
Eat eat eat! Oysters, Foie gras and confit fruit for dessert. Make sure to order your oysters in advance. Gilles, at the St Remy market, is the best.
Eat again. A “chapon” (castrated male chicken) with foie gras stuffing and a bûche du Noel.
Sometimes, you’ll be invited over to finish the leftovers from the meal of the 24th. Don’t bother shopping. Boxing day doesn’t really exist in France as there are many sales in January.