The French love a festival. So why not join them, and explore traditional and modern local events, fairs, festivals and celebrations during your next holiday to France. At Christmas time there's no better way to enjoy France than browsing round one of the many markets. See our guide to French Christmas markets for that extra bit of xmas inspiration!
The Tour de France takes place over three weeks each July and has been running for over 100 years. The race always begins with the Grand Départ, with the starting location and route changing each year. The cycle route covers approximately 3,300 kms and as the name suggests, the cyclists tour through France on their way to the finishing line at the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
The Christmas market is held in December, at the famous Place du Capitole, the very heart of Toulouse. Chalets will provide visitors young and old with a feast for the eyes and taste-buds. With original gift ideas from local woodcrafts to regional specialities (foie gras, preserves, cakes, etc.), but also toys, pottery, jewellery, candles, clothing and leather goods, there's definitely something for everyone.
Chartres hosts a fantastic Christmas market, the town ablaze with festive lights. There are stalls with local artisans displaying their goods as well as plenty of tasty treats of chocolate, chestnuts and cinnamon to tempt the taste buds. Younger visitors will enjoy the manger scene, a welcome parade for Santa Claus and ice skating.
Each year, Bordeaux's Allées de Tourny is transformed into a magical winter wonderland of little wooden huts and stalls. This is a traditional Christmas market and a great place for picking up some original gifts for your loved ones.
Béthune is an attractive small town in Northern France with a Christmas market that holds around 40 Flemish-style chalets selling festive crafts, regional produce and other gifts. The market is located by the Belfry tower in the central square of the city and is regarded as one of the best ones in the region.