The Christmas Lights have been switched on in Paris. All along the Champs Elysees Blanchere Illuminations have created a meteor shower of lights that lead to a giant Ferris wheel where a ride will provide spectacular views of the city. In addition to the usual shops, the Avenue is also home to temporary wooden cottages from which crafts, food, drinks and gifts are being sold.
The City isn’t the only place where you can enjoy beautiful decorations and festive activities at this time of year. Many cities and towns across France will be lit up over the coming weeks, with funfairs, artisan markets, choral concerts, street entertainment and children’s activities on offer.
Carisma //www.carisma.co.uk/ offer holidays along the West Coast of France and are always keen to keep you informed of what’s going on, even out of season. If you are visiting the west coast of France during the countdown to Christmas, there are many delights to be seen.
The city’s ship building shed is being transformed for Noel aux Nefs and will be the centre of festivities in Nantes. The shed’s attractions will include an exhibition of ice sculptures, festive lights and tasty treats including mulled wine and roasted chestnut stalls.
The focus of this year’s Christmas market in La Rochelle has strong environmental credentials. From vintage items, to recycled crafts, the stalls will include a range of gifts that are benefiting from a second lease of life. This could make the market ideal for unique gifts which aren’t popping up at every Christmas market across Europe.
La Rochelle’s celebrations also include a climbing wall, petting farm, street entertainment for all ages and children’s recycling workshops. You can also view the Christmas lights around the city with a horse and carriage ride.
The Allee de Tourny will be home to over 150 Christmas stalls in Bordeaux through December. This is the 17th year that the city has enjoyed a Christmas market which includes children’s activities, food and crafts. A number of the city’s building will also be lit up in a colourful display.
It may be a seaside town, but Les Sable d’Olonne provides a wealth of entertainment all through the year and Christmas is no exception. This year, along with the Christmas market, choral concerts, fairground and lights, over 100 Santas on motorbikes will parade through the streets on 13 December.
No matter what time of year you visit the West Coast of France, there will always be events to enhance your holiday experience.
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