The magical Chirstmas Markets in and around the city of Bordeaux are one of the best parts of a French Christmas experience. Providing endless presentations of local and international artisans they usually provide lively entertainment in the evening and certainly are the go to destination for amazing treats and regional fare. The city of Bordeaux features one of the most outstanding examples of the Christmas market but don't discount a romantic little French village with a central square filled with aisles of colourful tempting goodies and twinkling lights or chinese lanterns and skating to live Christmas music. There are so many worthy Christmas markets in the area and the following are but a few.
Bordeaux Christmas Market – Nov.25- Dec 30 on the Allee de Tournee
This delightful fairytale Christmas market is on the Allee de Tournee right in the Center of Bordeaux. It is the largest market of its kind in the region and celebrates its 17th year with a presentation of crafts, gourmet delicacies and unique gifts from around the world plus provides an extensive program of entertainment and music each day. This market is great place to enjoy even after Christmas.
Arcachon Christmas Market, Dec. 3 – Jan. 2 on the Esplanade Georges Pompidou
The Arcachon Christmas market centers around the town skating rink and is the perfect destination for family and friends to meet during the holiday season and enjoy a good selection of festive gourmet treats and browse the stands for a special Christmas presents. Bring your skates and enjoy the fun!
Perigueux Christmas Market, Sat., Dec. 3 to Sat., Dec.31, Place Francheville
This festive market of the Dordogne is held in the heart of one of the most historic towns of the region. The market has been described as "A magical Christmas" experience and is romantically centered around a skating rink on the theatre esplanade, Place Franchville. and lit with Chinese lanterns. This setting creates the perfect a Christmas fair to shop, wander and amuse the youngest to oldest member of the family, day or nighttime. Look for the southwestern gourmet specialties of Periqueux such as foie gras and more.
Sarlat Christmas Market, Sat., Dec.10 to Sat., Dec. 31, town centre
This is a large regional Christmas market with over 45 booths presenting a great selection of jewelry, art treasures, pottery and gourmet delights plus much more! There are many specific free events planned over the three weekends of the market for both adults and children. Take part in the free cooking courses, magic shows and many concerts. Don’t forget your skates to enjoy the skating rink as well!
Bergerac Christmas Market, Fri., Dec. 16 to Sat., Dec. 24
Cirano couldn’t have resisited this delightfully festive Christmas market in the town centre of Bergerac! With over 50 craftsman representing pottery, jewelry, accessories, wooden toys and gifts plus a plethora of gourmet treats who could fault his choice. Find out yourself and experience one of the most charming seasonal fairs. , Fri., Dec. 16 to Sat., Dec. 24.
Cirano couldn’t have resisited this delightfully festive Christmas market in the town centre of Bergerac! With over 50 craftsman representing pottery, jewelry, accessories, wooden toys and gifts plus a plethora of gourmet treats who could fault his choice. Find out yourself and experience one of the most charming seasonal fairs.
Mont-de-Marsan Christmas Market, Sat. Dec. 10 – Sat., Dec., 24
Visit one of the Landes delightful markets that will suit all the family for Christmas shopping and celebration of the season! Easily found in the town square of Mont-de-Marson, don’t forget to pay a visit to Father Christmas while discovering special treats for your stockings at a variety of well stocked booths. Kiddos will enjoy the free inflatable castles.
Villeneuve-sur-Lot Christmas Market, Wed., Dec. 14 to Sat., Dec. 24
With 65 craftspeople represented at this Christmas market in the Lot and Garonne area you’re sure to find excellent choice and selection for that perfect Christmas present. At the same time enjoy a colourful French market with tasty treats and lots of musical entertainment throughout.