Things to do in pre-run to Christmas in the South of France – French Christmas Markets

Friday, 13 December 2013

Spend Christmas in the South of France
Montpellier – really decked out with Christmas lights and it has one of the best Christmas Markets in the South 

‘MARCHES DE NOEL’ AND MILDER WINTERS – SPEND CHRISTMAS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Strands of lights, brightly decorated wooden stalls and the smell of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts – the makings of not only the perfect French Christmas market, but the perfect winter getaway to the South of France.  Either as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season or an unforgettable way to spend Christmas with the family, a holiday to the sunny South of France will make your Christmas even merrier.

Villas in Nice for Christmas


Although not the bikini weather for which the South of France is known, winters in this region are generally mild with sunny days and crisp nights – ideal for exploring Christmas markets (marchés de Noël).  Christmas markets range from big and more permanent in the larger cities, to smaller weekend markets in the villages.  The offers and wares of each market vary, but you’re sure to find artisanal treats, breads and chocolates, decorative and wearable artistic pieces and Christmas decorations to brighten your home.  You will also get a good feel for the regional taste and style as most vendors are local, selling locally produced, handmade products.  Make sure to enjoy a cup of mulled wine (vin chaud) or hot chocolate (chocolat chaud) while browsing the stalls.  Travelling with the kids?  Many markets have appearances by jolly old Saint Nick, and some even have small ice rinks or winter wonderland play areas attached.
Christmas markets usually begin at the end of November or beginning of December, and end on Christmas Eve or the beginning of January. 
 

Villa Rental in Cannes for Christmas
Cannes – Outside the Carlton – Christmas lights around the 20 meter palm trees are so quintessentially ‘South of France’

Ready to spend your Christmas holiday in one of our sunny villas? Visit www.southfrancevillas.com, call +44 (0)207 060 5414 from the UK, +33 (0)467 360 554 from France or enquire by email at info@southfrancevillas.com.

 Blog post – Ellen May.