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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.

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.

About the Market

While browsing the stalls, visitors can sample traditional grilled chestnuts, accompanied by a warm drink or stop for a mulled wine at one of the "chalet-bars" while admiring the twinkling decorations and illuminations of this wonderful site. Father Christmas can also be found among the chalets, handing out sweets, barley sugar and other treats to children, the lucky ones will even get a chance to have their photo taken with him.

Visitors can also admire a traditional Provencal nativity scene, marvel at the fairylike decorations in the Henri IV courtyard and take a stroll through the streets of Toulouse under the Christmas lights.

Text: copyright @ www.toulouse-tourisme.com of the Toulouse tourist office
Image: Copyright “Ville de Toulouse”

More about Toulouse

At the heart of the Midi Pyrenees region, Toulouse has always occupied an important place in the South-West of France. 2000 years of history is evident in a architecture of brick and tiles that is typical of the cities, villages and farms of this region. The reflections of the sun on the brick of Toulouse have earned it the name of the ‘Ville Rose’ giving an atmosphere to the city that is at both gentle and warm.

Toulouse is France’s fourth biggest city and has a very lively atmosphere with a strong student presence. Stroll around the historic centre, walking alongside the Garonne and the Canal du Midi, or stop in one of the many pavement cafés for a delicious cup of coffee!

Toulouse is also a major shopping centre. You will find all the major well known brands in fashion, design, leather goods and jewellery here in the first rate shops.

The Midi-Pyrenees is one of the South-West’s most important gastronomic regions and Toulouse has lots of open-air and covered markets in which you will find local products from the region. Produce includes some delicious wines and cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, and the famous speciality dish of the region, Cassoulet which is made with white beans, duck or goose confit, meat and sausages.

Accommodation in Toulouse

Accommodation in central Toulouse gets booked fast during the Christmas market period, so search for a hotel in Toulouse now. Alternatively you may want to try charming rural self catering accommodation near Toulouse, as during the winter months many holiday property owners allow short stays.

Transport quick facts about the markets:

Free Parking: no
Pay Parking: yes
Coach Parking: no
Nearest Bus: No
Nearest Railway Station: Gare Matabiau
Nearest Tram Stop: no
Nearest Tube (Metro) Station: Capitole

Suggested Travel Routes

Choosing to travel by train to France is a simple option. It’s fast and cost effective and also allows you to enjoy the beautiful French countryside. With a great rail network in place, it has never been easier to get to France by train. Book Eurostar and TGV tickets

As a foot passenger from the UK to Toulouse:

By Train: you can take Eurostar direct from St Pancras International in London to Paris, then take the TGV to Toulouse. Connections can also be picked up from Ashford or Ebbsfleet. Book Eurostar and TGV tickets

By Plane: as an example, you can fly directly from London (Gatwick) to Toulouse. Book cheap flights to France.

Taking your car from the UK to Toulouse:

By Train: take your car on Eurotunnel from Ashford near Folkstone, Kent direct to Calais in France. Journey time is about 35 minutes and the cost varies but is around £55 day trip return for a car and 5 passengers. Calais - 962 km, 9 hour 45 minutes by car to Toulouse.

By Boat: It is usually cheaper to take a car over to France by boat, because the journey takes longer. Operators such as Seafrance and P&O offer regular ferry trips across the channel, with prices ranging from around £30 for a return day trip. Book a ferry to France

The drive from Calais to Toulouse is 962 km, 9 hour 45 minutes.