Enjoy Normandy Christmas Markets and Events in Historical Locations:
Like many of France’s beautiful towns and villages, Normandy has many Christmas markets and events in historical locations.
Below are some places where you can taste French Christmas treats, do some pre-Christmas shopping and enjoy Christmas events to get you into the festive spirit.
Normandy Christmas Markets
Caen Christmas Market, Calvados (Nov 30 – Dec 31)
Caen’s traditional Marché de Noel at the Place Saint-Sauveur includes over 60 stands selling an outstanding array of Christmas goodies and hand-made products. This cosmopolitan market welcomes sellers from around the world with products such as nativity figurines, foie gras, Christmas desserts, pain d’épices and much more. Santa will be at the House of Santa Claus each day up till December 23 to meet with the little ones.
Falaise Christmas Market, Calvados (Dec. 8)
Falaise is enchanting on December! Its Marché Artisanal de Noel festivities takes place on December 8th with 70 craft stalls, Christmas concerts, activities and street entertainment and fireworks. The Craft market takes place at the Place Belle Croix and in the streets throughout town.
Liseux Christmas Market, Calvados – (Dec 13 – Dec 15)
Lisieux’s traditional Christmas market takes place on the Place Mitterand with more than seventy stands sell gifts, food and other Christmas provisions. Don’t miss the choirs singing and the arrival of Father Christmas himself.
Saint-Pierre-sur-dives Christmas Market, Calvados (Dec 7 – Dec 8)
This covered Christmas Market with 150 stalls takes place under France’s biggest medieval hall.
Le Havre Christmas Market, Seine-Maritime (Dec 1 – Jan 5, 2014)
30 wooden chalets will take over Place Perret for Le Havre’s Christmas market whilst Father Christmas’ village and workshop can be found on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. To complete the Christmas magic, the ferris wheel is back as well. From its top height of 45 meters, you can get a panoramic view of the city and its Christmas lights.
Rouen Christmas Market and Christmas Lights (Nov 28 – Jan 5, 2014)
Enjoy the traditional Christmas market in Rouen. Festive events will take place on the Place du Vieux Marché, the Old Market Square, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. If you’re an ice-skating fan, the outdoor rink is not to be missed!
Mont Saint Michel Christmas Illuminations (Dec 9 – Jan 12, 2014)
This Christmas be in awe, and see the magical Mont Saint-Michel light up during its festive Illuminations. Situated in the middle of a bay, Mont Saint-Michel welcomes nearly three and a half million people every year. The Christmas lights come on from around 5:30 pm every evening.