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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Sightseeing – REGIONAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2012 (Marchés de Noël)

Thanks for all your requests for information – please find below my list of regional dates for the 2012 Christmas markets and other festive events (santon displays, fireworks etc). For further details regarding specific locations you can contact me at accessriviera@gmail.com

JOYEUX NOËL!

Andon – 22-23Dec

Antibes – 15Dec-06Jan

Auron – 22Dec-05Jan

Beaulieu sur Mer – 01Dec-06Jan

Beausoleil – 15-24Dec

Biot – 22-31Dec

Breil sur Roya – 15Dec

Cagnes sur Mer – 15-29Dec

Cannes – 08Dec-06Jan

Cap d’Ail – 15Dec

Castellar – 16Dec

Grasse – 12Dec-06Jan

Guillaumes – 15Dec

Isola 2000 – 24Dec

La Colle sur Loup – 16Dec

La Gaude – 15-16Dec

Le Cannet – 01Dec-06Jan

Luceram – 16-23 Dec

Mandelieu – 17-23 Dec

Menton – 15Dec-06Jan

Monaco – 05Dec-06Jan

Mouans-Sartoux – 16Nov-24 Dec

Mougins – 15-16Dec

Nice – 01Dec-02Jan

Opio – 16Dec

Peymeinade – 22-24Dec

Roquefort les Pins – 22-23Dec

St Cezaire sur Siagne – 22Dec

St Etienne de Tinee – 16Dec

St Jean Cap Ferrat – 15Dec

St Laurent du Var – 12-24 Dec

St Martin Vesubie – 24Dec

St Paul de Vence – 15Dec-06Jan

St Vallier de Thiey – 15 Dec

Saorge – 09Dec

Sospel – 16Dec

Tende – 09Dec-06Jan

Theoule sur Mer – 08Dec-06Jan

Tourrettes sur Loup – 16Dec

Valberg – 25Dec

Valbonne Sophia Antipolis – 18-24Dec

Valderblore – 22Dec-05Jan

Vallauris Golfe Juan – 21-23Dec

Vence – 01Dec-13Jan

Villefranche sur Mer – 14Dec-04Jan

Villeneuve Loubet – 01-30Dec