Best Christmas Markets in the South of France

Best Christmas Markets in South of France – 2018

If you are looking for the best Christmas markets whilst visiting South of France, search no more!

When talking about Christmas markets in France, most people usually think of cities in Alsace or Paris. Little do they know that in addition to a lovely weather, the South of France also has an array of Christmas markets. There are mini-versions in most towns but we’ve selected the nicest ones for you. Have your camera at the ready and prepare yourself for some festive French delicacies.

 

Nice Christmas Market

The city of Nice organises each year a really nice Christmas Market (see what we did there?), with over seventy chalets selling handcrafted products. This year it also features a 400 square meters (over 4300 sq ft) ice-rink, big enough to bring joy to everyone in the family. Don’t forget to bring gloves!

Free shows and surprises are also organised, don’t miss out on the craft-gifts ideas.

Additional information:

  • When – from 30th November 2018 to 31st December 2018
  • Where – Place Massena, Jardin Albert Ier
  • How much – Free entry to the market, the ice rink costs 5€ skates included for 1 hour
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Nice at Christmas time

 

Monaco Christmas Market

The independant city-state of Monaco also celebrate Christmas with the Christmas Village. This year’s theme is New Orleans, so you will find a bit of the USA in the dreamy location.

Children will be able to participate to many activities and Santa Claus will make a trip from the North Pole to take a picture with them.

Additional information:

  • When – from 7th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Port Hercule, Quai Albert Ier
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced

 

Cannes Christmas Market

Cannes does not only host the International Film Festival but is also home to a Christmas Village. This year they also have smaller parts of the market located in various areas of Cannes but the heart of the action is in the city-centre. There you will find many chalets selling handmade crafts but also some delicious churros, vin chaud or marrons chauds.

There are also attractions for everyone. Ice-skating fans, don’t fret, there is an ice-rink; made of natural ice we’ve been told.

Additional information:

  • When – from 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where –  Les allées de la Liberté, Esplanade de la Pantiero
  • How much – Free entry to the village, the ice rink costs 3€ skates included for 45 minutes

 

Menton Christmas Market

Each year, the lemon city transforms into a Winter Wonderland. And this year is no exception! There are lots of attractions set up on the Promenade and nearby. Children will be able to ride donkeys or discover farm animals. Adults, you won’t be left out with some delicious food stalls and Christmas shopping.

Additional information:

  • When – from 7th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Different locations in Menton, check the map below for more information
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced
  • Free parking
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Menton Christmas Market Plan

 

Antibes Christmas Market

Last but not least, Antibes is also celebrating Christmas. Take a ride in Antibes’ Ferris Wheel and enjoy the fantastic view of the sea and the town besides you. Then, carry on your stroll amongst the 22 chalets to unearth unique Christmas presents for your loved ones. Children can ride the carousel in the Village de Noel and other attractions on the Place De Gaulle.

The Christmas village also boasts a 450 square meters ice-rink, the biggest of the five Christmas markets presented here. It also has a section exclusively for children age 2 to 10.

Additional information:

  • When – from 15th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Esplanade du Pré des Pêcheurs, Place De-Gaulle, Place Nationale
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced, the ice rink costs 3€ from 11 year-old

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