At the confluence of the Rivers Moselle and Seille in the
North-East of the country lies Metz, home to the second most
popular Christmas Market in France. Along with its striking yellow
limestone buildings and diverse architecture, the town boasts one
of the largest pedestrianised zones in the country. The market
itself is situated within the main square meaning you are free to
wander around with ease. This particular market comprises of around
one hundred stalls, and has been established for over 15 years.
Here you'll discover an array of delicious local produce including
homemade jams, pastries, the famous Moselle wine and it is
certainly worth tasting their mouth-watering fruit brandy.
Additionally, you may stumble upon folk dancers and other street
entertainers in and around the market, and crowds of carol singers
will really get you into the festive spirit. Besides the French
Christmas Market you may be lucky enough to witness the St.
Nicholas parade. Early in December, a procession of floats and
bands wind their way through the gaily lit streets and is a
spectacle not to be missed.
Each Christmas Market in France has its own festive charm and
character. Dijon, capital of the Burgundy region towards the East
of the country, is home to another charismatic marketplace. Over 60
stalls are assembled in the central square (the Place de la
Libération) selling handmade seasonal gifts, decorations and
trinkets. Typically French delicacies can be found such as foie
gras, pain d'épices which is similar to our gingerbread and locally
produced wines. Most notably, however, the town is largely famous
for its Dijon mustard which you will find in abundance. You may
even wish to visit the Mustard Museum! Away from the hustle and
bustle of the market you might like to try out your ice skating
skills at the town's ice rink, situated in the Place de la
République not far from the French Christmas Market. Take time to
explore the town and marvel at the spectacular architecture and
churches, perhaps visiting the Fine Arts Museum or trying out a
Christmas Markets in France tend to run from the end of November
right through to the beginning of January, giving you plenty of
opportunity for a well-earned Christmas break.