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Christmas Markets

Created: Tuesday, 26 November 2013 Written by Jo Stretch

From the smallest village to the biggest city there’s a Christmas market to suit everyone’s taste – here’s a selection of just a few:

Bordeaux – 29th November to 29th December 2013.  This traditional market covers the Allees de Tourny in the centre of town with over 100 boutiques housed in wooden chalets.  All the finest regional artisans are represented.  From chocolate and wine to pottery and glass – a great place to stock up with gifts and enjoy a little vin chaud along the way.

Strasbourg – 29th November to 31st December 2013.  A fairy-tale setting for one of the oldest (since 1570) and largest markets in France known as the Christkindelsmärik.  Centered in front of the Strasbourg Cathedral the market spreads throughout the city with concerts, events and activities to suit all ages.  Being so close to Germany it’s worth crossing the river and visiting the Christmas markets there.

Also worth a visit are the markets in Sarlat (14/12 to 4/1) with its outdoor ice-rink and Christmas cookery classes; help raise money for Cancer Research France by visiting the village of Monteton at their market on 16/12 or combine your Christmas shopping with a bracing walk along the beach in St Jean de Luz – Christmas celebrations from 6/12 to 5/1.