Christmas Markets in and around Marseille

From November 17, 2012 to January 06, 2013
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Marseille

Christmas market
November 17 to December 31

The Christmas market will take place Place Gabriel Péri, at the bottom of the famous Canebière Boulevard. Over thirty artisans will be selling unique products, from divine scented soaps to ceramic arts and wooden toys; there are plenty of presents to be found at Marseille’s Christmas market.

Foire aux Santons, Marseille
November 17 to December 31

The oldest Christmas figurine fair which originates from 1803 is the occasion for more than thirty “Santonniers” to showcase their work. The fair will take place daily from 9am until 7pm in the Place Général de Gaulle.

Aix-en-Provence

November 21 to January 6

A collection of fifty chalets will be displaying a multitude of local treats. From culinary delights to aromatic Mulled Wine, Christmas will overtake your senses!

Foire aux Santons
November 27 to January 3

A true insight to the “Santonnier” art, the traditional Christmas figurine fair in Aix en Provence is the perfect opportunity to learn all about this unique art and see some of their delightful creations. You can even take something home for your own crèche!

The « Marche des 13 desserts »
December 17 to 24

More than forty of the Bouches du Rhône department’s culinary artisans will be displaying traditional Provençal Christmas specialities in a truly festive environment. The traditional thirteen desserts which are part of a Provençal Christmas (representing Jesus and his twelve apostles) consist of dried fruits also known as « the four beggars », fresh fruit and sweets. They are: dried raisins which represent the Dominicains, dried figs which represent the Franciscans, walnuts or hazelnuts which represent the Augustines and almonds for the Carmelites.  The sweeter desserts include the « pompe à l’huile » or « gibassié » (a pastry made with fruited olive oil), black and white nougat (to represent both good and evil), dates, quince jelly, white grapes, winter melon, oranges, mandarins and « calissons d’Aix » (an almond-paste sweet topped with royal icing).

Avignon

November 24 to January 1st.

The Place de l’Horloge will this year see more than sixty beautiful chalets surrounded by a scintillating festive décor. Local artisans will display mouth-watering produce, as well some truly unique Christmas decorations! There will be Christmas figurines, local produce and plenty of gift ideas! Traditional musical entertainment and games will bring a lively touch to the market! Beautiful displays of crèches and handmade figurines and other Provençal Christmas traditions all await you!

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