Images of a Christmas in France

Christmas in France is a wonderful time of the year. Everyone is in a festive spirit when they visit their local marché de Noël, drinking mulled wine or a hot chocolate to warm your hands in the cold, or the snow if you’re lucky. You might be in Paris and peer into the dazzling window displays of Printemps. There’s the traditions of Christmas Eve, the Reveillon, where families attend midnight mass together and take their exquisite seafood dinner late into the night. And don’t forget to listen for the bells of père Noël. Here are some of my favourite images of a French Christmas.

Countdown to Christmas

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Advent calendar, in the tiny town of Janvry

Decorating the Christmas Tree

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Christmas is the smell of fresh pine trees…and this one you can keep in your garden!
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Galeries Lafayette, Paris
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There’s nothing more important than family traditions…

La Crèche

Every year, the town of Janvry, in the south of the Île-de-France region, as part of their marvellous Christmas market, holds an exhibition of over 250 nativities, or crèches, from all over the world, in the church of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel.

Christmas in the Streets

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No one does Christmas better than the Alsace region

Christmas window shopping

If you’re in Paris at Christmas time, take a stroll past the enticing windows of the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps stores.

Marché de Noël

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All aboard the Christmas train!

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Mulled wine or spiced orange juice

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Or some locally produced beer

Winter food, Tartiflette

When you’ve quenched your thirst with vin chaud and beer, fill up with traditional, creamy tartiflette.

Père Noël is on his way!

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He’ll be dropping into your chimney any day now.

The deliciousness of Christmas

It’s just not Christmas Eve without seafood.

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Or without foie gras! Especially served on  pain d’épices, or gingerbread.
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Or be a little adventurous and try some snails.
And don’t forget your buche de Noèl for dessert
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A visit to the pâtisserie for delectable treats is a must

Joyeaux Noël!

A very merry Christmas to you all.

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