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
Decorating the Christmas Tree
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
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
All aboard the Christmas train!
Mulled wine or spiced orange juice
Or some locally produced beer
Winter food, Tartiflette
Père Noël is on his way!
The deliciousness of Christmas
It’s just not Christmas Eve without seafood.
A very merry Christmas to you all.