Welcome to the enchanting world of the end of year celebrations in France, where every corner of the country lights up with the magic of Christmas. Between glittering markets, festive traditions and a warm atmosphere, France offers an ideal setting to celebrate this magical season. In this article, we will take you to discover five destinations, where the magic of Christmas fully blossoms thanks to their Christmas market. Get ready to immerse yourself in the dazzling world of end-of-year celebrations in France!
First of all, let yourself be captivated by the captivating fragrances of gingerbread, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. Marvel at the emblematic scenery of Alsace, the cathedral resplendent with a thousand lights and its majestic Grand Fir.
Experience the magic with captivating shows, musical evenings, children's magical Christmas, treasure hunts and artistic performances. Plan your getaway carefully, book your accommodation in advance to take full advantage of this enchanted period!
Our favorite: TheHotel Regent Petite France is a pearl of elegance located in the heart of Petite France. Nestled on the banks of the Ill, this luxury establishment combines history and modernity in an exceptional setting. The refined rooms offer picturesque views of the canals and half-timbered houses of the old town. You will be welcomed in a sumptuous setting, where traditional architecture meets contemporary design. The hotel offers high-end services and a warm atmosphere, 350 meters from Place Kléber, in the heart of the market.
First of all, it must be said that Colmar has no less than 6 Christmas markets. Among them, two unmissable sites: the XNUMXth century Dominican Church, with its stained glass windows illuminated at night, and the Schwendi fountain on the Place de l'Ancienne Douane. Strolling through the illuminated streets, discover the charm of the old half-timbered houses, some dating from the Middle Ages.
As for the Christmas market, treat yourself to a gourmet break by tasting local delicacies. Don't forget to explore the creations of local artisans. The Children's Market in Little Venice offers a magical experience with carousel, stuffed animals and mechanical nativity scene for families. In addition, young people can also send their letter to Santa Claus, adding a magical touch to their visit.
To fully experience this warm atmosphere, book your accommodation in advance, as the city is in high demand during this enchanting period!
Notre coup de cœur: the hotel La Maison Des Têtes, a jewel of elegance in the heart of the medieval Alsatian city. Housed in a 100th century building, the establishment charms with its remarkable architecture and its facades decorated with sculpted heads. Indeed, the rooms, combining modern comfort with the charm of yesteryear, offer a unique atmosphere. The hotel's restaurant offers fine cuisine, showcasing the delicacies of the region. Located XNUMX meters from the Christmas market, this establishment combines history and contemporary hospitality for an exceptional experience.
Just 12 kilometers from Colmar, Kaysersberg flourishes as one of the most beautiful villages in Alsace. Its Christmas market, nestled in the heart of the historic center, offers a unique atmosphere, illuminated by the remains of the castle. The wooden chalets feature typical decorations and local artisanal creations, ranging from blown glass objects to wooden toys, and Alsatian specialties.
On the Town Hall Square, the Christmas Farmers' Market celebrates the delights of the Kaysersberg valley. Discover and taste local treasures on site such as honey, cold meats, brandy, among others. It is therefore an essential getaway to discover the authenticity and magic of Alsatian Christmas traditions.
Our favorite : The Le Chambard hotel, located 100m from the Christmas market, represents elegance and refinement at the heart of Alsatian charm. Located in a historic setting, this establishment offers a subtle blend of tradition and modernity. The rooms, combining comfort and aesthetics, invite you to relax with their careful decoration. Also discover a traditional culinary experience at the Winstub du Chambard, celebrating the emblematic products of Alsace such as snails, foie gras, pike perch, pork, veal, lamb, charcuterie, munster, plums, asparagus... Chef Olivier Nasti sublimates the cuisine Alsatian in a modern way. Hôtel Le Chambard, with its warm atmosphere and attentive welcome, is the ideal place to enjoy Alsatian hospitality and the magic of Christmas.
It must be said that the Christmas market chalets surround the majestic Notre-Dame cathedral and occupy the courtyard of the Palais de Thau, offering a diversity of festive, artisanal and gastronomic products. Among the must-sees: a selfie in front of the illuminated tree on the Place d'Erlon and a ride on the Ferris wheel for a 50-meter-high view of the town and surrounding vineyards. At nightfall, the city is ablaze with a thousand lights! A luminous ceiling illuminates the market aisles, while a dynamic polychromy show enlivens the facade of the cathedral.
Children will also find their kingdom in the courtyard of the Palais de Thau, where a little train, an ice rink and Santa Claus in his chalet promise enchanted moments.
Our favorite: The hotel The Chanzy Barracks combines history and modernity in a sophisticated atmosphere. Located in a converted former military barracks, this property offers a harmonious blend of historic charm and contemporary amenities. The elegantly appointed rooms promise a comfortable stay, while the interior design highlights the military history of the place. Furthermore, with a central location close to Reims' iconic attractions, this hotel provides an ideal starting point for exploring the city.
For an exceptional experience at the Lyon Christmas Market, plan your visit during the Festival of Lights, a spectacular, world-famous event. This festival attracts more than three million visitors for magical walks through 46 sound and light installations. The enchantment of Christmas continues at the Christmas market, with 90 illuminated chalets offering local products and crafts.
Strolling through the aisles means immersing yourself in the delicious fragrances of the stands which highlight French gastronomy: tartiflette, truffle aligot, melted cheese, pretzels, oysters, artisanal soups... All accompanied by mulled wine, rum or craft beer. To taste these delights on site, nothing could be simpler: relax in the deckchairs or around the tables in the Winter Garden, also offering various temporary events.
Our favorite : The Boscolo Hotel embodies luxury and refinement in the heart of the city of lights. Located in a historic building with preserved charm, this establishment offers a unique experience that combines classic elegance and modernity. The luxuriously appointed rooms, bathed in natural light, create a calming atmosphere for discerning travelers. The hotel stands out for its attentive service, high-end facilities including a spa and gourmet restaurant, and its ideal central location for exploring Lyon. For a memorable getaway combining comfort and sophistication, Hotel Boscolo is an exceptional choice.