Celebrate the festivities in true Provençal style, experiencing medieval southern France in a unique, wintery light. Avignon is transformed into a magical wonderland in December and is considered home to the prettiest Christmas markets in Provence. Experience the themed parades, folk dances and sprawling markets, set against Avignon’s atmospheric cityscape.
The Palais des Popes is an iconic landmark, acting as the pinnacle for Catholic worship and papal residency in the area. One of the major traditions of Provence is crèche scenes. You don’t have to wander far to discover these Nativity displays in churches such as the Pope’s Palace and behind household windows. There are also many craftsmen displaying and selling handmade ‘santon’ figurines at the markets if you’d like to return from your travels with a Provençal ornament.
Elsewhere at Avignon’s markets, your senses will be tempted by the abundance of gourmet food products and regional culinary specialities. Why not sample saucisson (thick, dry-cured sausage), sweet nougat, and artisanal cheeses.