Christmas Markets in France, Episode 45


For me, Christmas is all about the anticipation. The music, the decorations, and the Christmas Markets! I love all the little things we do in preparation for the big day. And in France we have a long tradition of Christmas Markets. In today's episode Annie and Elyse chat about Christmas Markets in France: how they got started and why they are so important.

Christmas Markets in France Are Getting More Popular Every Year

It used to be only a few French cities held a Christmas Market, not any more! In the last few years there has been a glut of new Christmas Markets popping up all over France. We even have French villages putting on a Christmas Market for a day or two! Some of them are very quirky, others offer a lot of promise.

Not All Christmas Markets in France Are Created Equal

But there are vast regional differences between the size and quality of Christmas Markets. The Alsace region is where you'll find the biggest and best Christmas Markets. Then comes Paris and then Provence. Other regions are trying to catch up, but we're not there yet.

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If you listen to the episode or click through to the Show Notes you'll hear Elyse explain why we see so many regional differences. Hint: it's about the history, of course!

Given that, where do we think you should go to enjoy Christmas Markets in France? We have definite recommendations for you!


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I am on your e-mail list. I live in Waterloo Ontario and am 82
years old. I (we) have been in France several times but am not
likely to have that opportunity again. My husband died 3 months ago.
I enjoy your podcasts very much. I listen to them in the evening and can see many of the places that we have visited. They bring back happy memories and I congratulate you both
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podcasts to come. Thank you and Happy New Year.


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