Christmas Markets on the French Riviera 2014 (Marchés de Noel)

I love Christmas markets.

Drinking mulled wine, eating gingerbread and cute cookies dusted with cinnamon and icing sugar, the smell of chestnuts roasting, the fairy lights and all the festive add-ons that make me realise a Northern Hemisphere Christmas isn’t so bad.

Cannes Xmas market (image: cannes.com)

Cannes Xmas market (image: cannes.com)

French Christmas markets don’t have the stellar reputation of the German, Czech or Austrian markets but they still pack a punch with entertainment, useful (and tacky) festive shopping and decorations to fuel your Yuletide celebrations.

Here is my list of the Christmas Markets for the French Riviera in 2014:

(this alphabetical list is not exhaustive, more dates will be announced closer to December!)

Antibes

13 Dec: Opening of Xmas entertainment with a concert at 5.30pm at Place de Gaulle from students at the Conservatoire de Musique d’Antibes. 20Dec: Lantern parade departing from Place de Gaulle at 5pm, followed by a light show on the remparts at 6pm retracing 2000 years of the history of Antibes. 13Dec-04Jan: Xmas markets at Place de Gaulle and Place Nationale including fairground rides, Père Noels mailbox, kids workshops, an appearance from Père Noel on 22Dec.  01Jan: New Years Day swim at Salis beach

Auron

26Dec-03Jan: Xmas markets

If you fancy a white Christmas, head to Auron (image: winter.auron.com)

If you fancy a white Christmas, head to Auron (image: winter.auron.com)

Beaulieu sur Mer

22-23Dec: Theatre and musical comedy shows. 26Dec-01Jan: Ice skating rink

Beausoleil

28Nov: Light parade 28Nov-24Dec: Xmas market, pony rides

Bendéjun

07Dec: Xmas market

Biot

01Dec: Music and illumination of lights for Advent calendar of shutters on rue Saint Sébastien. 20Dec-03Jan Xmas market, pony rides, kids workshops, Père Noel arrives by horse and cart on the 23rd Dec

Breil-sur-Roya

13Dec: Xmas market

Cabris

14Dec: Xmas market and visit by Père Noel

Cagnes sur Mer

13-21Dec: Xmas market, mini iceskating show on 13Dec, kids craft workshops in an igloo at place de Gaulle. 20-21Dec: Marché aux santons.

(image: cagnes.maville)

(image: cagnes.maville)

Cannes

28Nov-04Jan: Xmas markets, ice skating rink from 06Dec. 31Dec: New Years fireworks

Cannes La Bocca

17-26Dec: Xmas market, wishing tree, photos with Père Noel

Cap d’Ail

20Dec: Horse & cart parade, street decorations, tastings of socca & mulled wine

Carros

20-23Dec: Xmas markets, marionette show

Castellar

14Dec: Xmas market

Coaraze

07Dec: Xmas market, magic show, bouncy castle

Colomars

20Dec: Xmas market

Contes

13Dec: Xmas market

Gattières

20-21Dec: Xmas market

Golfe Juan / Vallauris

20Dec: Xmas parade from Vallauris to Golfe Juan. Kids workshops on 20-21Dec

Grasse

06Dec-04Jan : Xmas market

Xmas decorations in Grasse (image: Google)

Xmas decorations in Grasse (image: Google)

Juan les Pins

21 Dec: Père Noel arrives by waterski at 10.30am, followed by a trip on the petit train to Antibes at 11.30am. 01Jan – Viennese concert at the Palais des Congrès 11am-4pm and fireworks at 6.30pm in the bay of Juan les Pins.

La Bollène-Vésubie

14Dec: Xmas market, visit from Père Noel

La Colle sur Loup

14Dec : Xmas market (other Xmas animatinos until 24Dec)

La Gaude

12-14Dec: Xmas markets, post a letter to Père Noel, Xmas shows, kids construction site

La Roquette-sur-Var

13Dec: Xmas market, Xmas songs, roasted chestnuts

La Trinité

29-30Nov : Xmas market

La Turbie

28-30Nov : Xmas market

Le Broc 

06-07Dec : Xmas market, decorate Xmas trees, mulled wine

Le Rouret

07Dec: Xmas market

Le Tignet

14Dec : Xmas market, mini farm, pony rides

Les Adrets-de-l’Estérel

Xmas dates to be advised

Lucéram

14Dec: Xmas market, hot chocolate and mulled wine

Mandelieu-La Napoule

06Dec: Xmas market, Xmas stories, pony rides, Père Noels mailbox

Menton

06Dec-04Jan: Xmas displays through the town with a circus theme. Programme here: http://www.tourisme-menton.fr/Noel-a-Menton.html

Monaco

05Dec-04Jan: Xmas market

Monaco Xmas market (image: Flickr)

Monaco Xmas market (image: Flickr)

Mouans Sartoux

14Nov-24Dec: Santon fair. Also, 06Dec: Lights festival and paper lantern parade on 06Dec followed by free hot chocolate & bonbons; Xmas market 07Dec

Mougins

06Dec: Creche display, Xmas carols and lights, post a letter to Pere Noel. 13-14Dec: Xmas market and lantern parade

Nice

06Dec-04Jan: Xmas markets, bouncy castles, ice-skating rink, ferris wheel. Also, Luna Park Nice will be open these exact dates as well.

Xmas festivities in Nice (image: Nice Tourisme)

Xmas festivities in Nice (image: Nice Tourisme)

Opio

14Dec: Xmas market, lantern parade, 13 desserts, Père Noel

Peillon

30Nov: Xmas market

Peymeinade

22-24Dec: Xmas market

Roquefort Les Pins

14Dec: Xmas market, facepainting, mini farm, cooking workshop, magic and circus displays, horse and cart rides, bouncy castle, lantern parade ending with hot chocolate

St-Cézaire-sur-Siagne

01Dec: Crèche aux santons. 06Dec : Competition for Xmas decorated doors in the town. 19Dec: Xmas concert. 20Dec : Xmas market and mulled wine. 22Dec: Xmas cinema

St-Étienne-de-Tinée

20-25Dec: Xmas markets

St Laurent du Var

20-24Dec : Xmas market

St Jean Cap Ferret

07Dec: Xmas concert. 19Dec-06Jan : Xmas market, kids craft workshops, horse and cart rides, yeti hunt, Xmas stories

St Martin Vesubie

13/20/21Dec: Xmas market

St Paul de Vence

17Dec: Marionnette show. 19-21 Dec : Xmas market

St-Vallier-de-Thiey

13Dec: Xmas market

Sospel

14Dec: Xmas market

Tende

24Dec: Xmas feast and gifts for small children (There is a cost for this)

Tende in winter (image: Panaramio)

Tende in winter (image: Panaramio)

Theoule-sur-Mer

29Nov-04Jan: Creche decorations & display, santon displays

Tourrette-Levens

29-30Nov: Xmas markets, bouncy castle, pony rides

Tourrettes sur Loup

13Dec: Xmas concert (there is a cost for this). 14Dec: Xmas market, treasure hunt in the village

Valberg

24Dec : Torch descent by ESF ski school on the pistes. 28Dec: Truffle market. 01Jan: Fireworks

Valbonne / Sophia Antipolis

16-18Dec: Kids workshop & fireworks. 20-24Dec: Xmas market, kids workshops, mini farm, photos with Père Noel

Valbonne Xmas market (image: Tourisme Valbonne)

Valbonne Xmas market (image: Tourisme Valbonne)

Vence

20Dec-04Jan : Xmas market

Villeneuve Loubet

06Dec: Xmas show. 14Dec: Xmas market & concert. 20Dec: Xmas workshop (festive treats) and Xmas stories

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