When it comes to celebrating the holiday season, few places can rival the charm and magic of the Christmas markets in Provence, France. Every village hosts a Christmas market, from the smallest villages perched in the Luberon mountains to larger towns like Aix-en-Provence and cities like Marseille. From the delightful aromas of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts to the twinkling lights and festive decorations, the Christmas markets in Provence are packed with charm.
This is the famous village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, tucked into the cliffs of Provence. It is tiny and not just around then corner and, yet, the Christmas spirit is alive and well. Their village market features only local artistans...soaps and natural creams - all using the essential oils found in Provence, paintings, ceramics and, of course, the famous hand-painted santon figurines of the nativity.
In a village in a different area of the Luberon, Lauris, the Christmas market is held in a 12th century priory loaded with history and charm.
This market is also replete with local artists and creatives. From ceramics and jewelry to hand-dyed home goods, the selection is perfect for finding special Christmas gifts.
Off to a larger village...Aix-en-Provence, whose light display is to die for and Christmas market lines the famous boulevard: Cours Mirabeau. The town constructs Christmas huts for each individual vendor and, once again, these are local products and hand-made wares.
The market features over 60 stalls selling a variety of goods, and the beautiful decorations and lights create a truly magical atmosphere.
A special feature of the Christmas markets in Provence is the emphasis on local and sustainable products. Many of the vendors are local artisans and farmers who take pride in their craft and the quality of their products. This commitment to supporting local businesses and promoting sustainable practices adds an extra layer of authenticity to the markets.
One of the highlights of the Christmas markets in Provence is the vibrant atmosphere. The markets are often filled with live music, street performers, and festive entertainment. You can immerse yourself in the joyful spirit of the season as you stroll through the stalls, sipping on hot chocolate and enjoying the lively ambiance.