Try Marchés de Noël for a Last Minute Shop

Christmas Markets around France are the best place for a last minute gift shopping trip. Full of character, locally made food and handicrafts, mulled wine, spicy cakes, cinnamon goodies and lots of seasonal warmth and good cheer.

Christmas Market at Chateau Grézan Languedoc

This website Marchés de Noël en France provides full details of every market in the country showing many of them by Google map location and contact details.

If you’re in the sunny Languedoc, the website has this useful calendar of markets and seasonal events.

The gallery below (click on picture to enlarge) reflects the seasonal buzz at one such busy Christmas Market, that held every Christmas at the ancestral Languedoc home of Marie-France Lanson of the famous wine making family, who welcomes visitors to her Chateau Grézan for a Christmas bazaar offering what she calls her “petites trouvailles”.

And for all the fun of the traditional fair take the kids downtown, in any large sized French town or city. For at this time of the year the travelling fair with those familiar rides, stalls and sideshows is in full swing, just the place for some weekend family entertainment.

Street fairs are in full swing in main towns and cities at Christmas time

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