Christmas Markets

Posted on 31st October 2013 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Christmas Markets

One of the things we love about living in France is that Christmas is a time of tradition and family rather than mass commercialisation.

Part of the tradition is the Christmas Markets that are held around Europe.  We are lucky in that we have 2 of the best Christmas markets in lovely cities close by – Amiens and Arras.  We have availability at No.fifty6 from late November so why not think about a trip to this wonderful area and treat yourself to some traditional style Christmas shopping and stock up on yummy festive treats.  

 Arras Christmas Market runs from 29th November to 29th December 2013.


The town holds a spectacular Christmas market on the splendid Grand Place. Around 60 exhibitors offer a wide selection of arts and crafts, as well as local delicacies like chocolate rats, Atrébate beer and Coeurs d'Arras - heart-shaped biscuits which come in two flavours, ginger and cheese.

Entertainment includes cooking lessons with chefs, craft demonstrations, a merry-go-round, heated shelters, and of course meeting Father Christmas!

Amiens runs from 22nd November  to 28th December 2013.

In the heart of the city, the largest Christmas market in Northern France helps with preparations for end-of-year festivities.


Over 125 stalls: ideas for presents, food and drink items, world handicrafts, etc. Children's events are also held at "Santa's Grotto".

Opening times :

Monday : 2 pm - 7.30 pm

Tuesday - Sunday : 10.30 am - 7.30 pm

Also in Amiens, from 1st December the Cathedral is lit up with amazing colours at night from 7.00pm.  We missed it last year but apparently it’s superb:

When night falls, the colours of Notre-Dame breath life back into the Saints, apostles and other figures sculpted in stone since the 13th century. The fabulous cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site, invites you to take a unique look at the sculptures on its West side. 

 Click on the link to discover more about Amiens Cathedral.

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