Christmas events in Aix-en-Provence

Aix en Provence - Gathering - From November 16th to January 22nd

For 2 months during the festive season, the pace of life in Aix en Provence revolves around its festivals.

Lots of festivities are planned, among them the Santons Fair, the Bravade Calendale Festival, the 13 Desserts Market, the New Olive Oil Festival, Christmas gatherings, concerts and pastorals and the March of the Three Kings. Please ask for the programme.

Information provided byOT Aix en Provence

  • Organiser

    Mairie d'Aix en Provence
  • Phone

    • 04 42 91 90 00
  • Fax

    04 42 25 94 92

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15 November to 31 December
Nativity scene competition in Provence
Contest

Nativity scene competition in Provence

Aix en Provence

Open to every inhabitant and shopkeeper in Aix and its surrounding area who would like a panel of judges to see their own Nativity scene. Visits are made at home in January after registering with the santon-makers. Prize-giving ceremony on February 4th at 6pm at the Town Hall.

16 November to 25 December
Christmas market
Trade fair

Christmas market

Aix en Provence

The Cours Mirabeau will be welcoming fifty chalets run by local craftspeople and traders. Food-lovers can come and try new gastronomic dishes and treat themselves to our tempting local delicacies, and it’s also ideal if you’re looking for an original Christmas gift! Mulled wine, delicious…

16 November to 31 December
The Christmas carousels
Funfair

The Christmas carousels

Aix en Provence

In an atmosphere of joy and celebration and to the children delight, what could be more magical and wonderful than going on the Christmas carousel?

18 November to 31 December
Santons Fair
Trade fair

Santons Fair

Aix en Provence

The predecessor to the Santons Fair was known as the Market of the Festival of Saint Barbara. It was the largest annual gathering in the city. In December 1934, Jean Baptiste Fouque and his son Paul came to this market to sell their Nativity figurines and over the years were joined by other…

19 November to 24 December
Animations des 3 places
Street fair

Animations des 3 places

Aix en Provence

La ville d'Aix-en-Provence propose pour les fêtes de fin d'année des animations sur les places Madeleine, Prêcheurs et Verdun. Concert(s) et déambulation(s) les 19 et 26 novembre et les 3, 10, 22, 23 et 24 décembre de 15h à 17h30. Le trio "Les Garçons Brasseurs" propose des musiques…

24 November to 27 December
Chalet crèche de Noël par les santonniers de la ville d'Aix-en-Provence
Exhibition

Chalet crèche de Noël par les santonniers de la ville d'Aix-en-Provence

Aix en Provence

A crèche measuring 8m2 is on display in a chalet on the Cours Mirabeau throughout the Santon Fair. This traditional crèche is the result of a collaboration by craftspeople from Aix who specialise in nativity figurines or “santons”. The santon-makers will share their passion with you by…

02 December to 07 December
International twin towns’ market
Trade fair

International twin towns’ market

Aix en Provence

Gastronomy, local produce, crafts, information about the twin towns: a good reason to come and wander around this attractive, colourful market, in a welcoming atmosphere where cultural dialogue is the order of the day. The twinning association and the traders’ association await you on the…

19 November to 24 December
Animations des 3 places
Street fair

Animations des 3 places

Aix en Provence

La ville d'Aix-en-Provence propose pour les fêtes de fin d'année des animations sur les places Madeleine, Prêcheurs et Verdun. Concert(s) et déambulation(s) les 19 et 26 novembre et les 3, 10, 22, 23 et 24 décembre de 15h à 17h30. Le trio "Les Garçons Brasseurs" propose des musiques…

06 December
Traditional Christmas concert Académie du Tambourin
Concert

Traditional Christmas concert Académie du Tambourin

Aix en Provence

The Academy Tambourine gives his traditional Christmas concert at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume.

09 December to 18 December
Marché de Noël made in Aix
Christmas market

Marché de Noël made in Aix

Aix en Provence

L'association Aix en Commerce organise le premier marché de Noël made in Aix présenté sous un chapiteau sur la place de Verdun. 48 commerçants aixois proposeront à tour de rôle, confiseries, chocolats, livres, cadeaux, bijoux et autres richesses de la ville d'Aix-en-Provence et de…

10 December to 11 December
Olive Oil Market of Aix-en-Provence AOP
Trade fair

Olive Oil Market of Aix-en-Provence AOP

Aix en Provence

Organised by the "Syndicat AOC Huile d'Olive d'Aix-en-Provence", this fun and friendly event celebrates the year's new AOC Aix-en-Provence olive oil. Throughout the weekend, the producers and millers of Aix offer visitors the chance to taste their wares, including olive oils, olives, "tapenades",…

19 November to 24 December
Animations des 3 places
Street fair

Animations des 3 places

Aix en Provence

La ville d'Aix-en-Provence propose pour les fêtes de fin d'année des animations sur les places Madeleine, Prêcheurs et Verdun. Concert(s) et déambulation(s) les 19 et 26 novembre et les 3, 10, 22, 23 et 24 décembre de 15h à 17h30. Le trio "Les Garçons Brasseurs" propose des musiques…

12 December to 04 January
Traditional Christmas nativity scene
Exhibition

Traditional Christmas nativity scene

Aix en Provence

The Oustau de Prouvènco is the setting for the traditional Christmas nativity scene (4m2) by the Li BalairedouRèiReinié Association, together with an exhibition of santon photos complete with explanations, a drawing competition for primary school children and the perfectly laid traditional…

13 December
St Lucy's day
Parade

St Lucy's day

Aix en Provence

In Aix, this Swedish festival has become a local tradition as part of the European festival of light. The programme of events includes a celebration at Saint Sauveur Cathedral with young Swedes in traditional costume at 6 pm, following by singing and glögg (mulled wine) starting from 7 pm at…

19 November to 24 December
Animations des 3 places
Street fair

Animations des 3 places

Aix en Provence

La ville d'Aix-en-Provence propose pour les fêtes de fin d'année des animations sur les places Madeleine, Prêcheurs et Verdun. Concert(s) et déambulation(s) les 19 et 26 novembre et les 3, 10, 22, 23 et 24 décembre de 15h à 17h30. Le trio "Les Garçons Brasseurs" propose des musiques…

16 December to 24 December
Market of 13 Desserts
Trade fair

Market of 13 Desserts

Aix en Provence

It has to be said, Christmas in Provence without the famous 13 desserts just wouldn't be Christmas! So to make sure everything's just so, don't miss a visit to the Aix-en-Provence "13 Desserts" market held under a 500m² marquee, where you can purchase the fabulous wares of around 40 local…

17 December
Great Calendal supper of the Pays d’Aix*
Gastronomy

Great Calendal supper of the Pays d’Aix*

Aix en Provence

The Li Venturié Association in collaboration with the City of Aix-en-Provence invites you to discover the Pasino, undoubtedly, the most beautiful of these customs, the calendal big supper or lean supper. Enjoy the thumb size world of clay figurines in the manger, discover the Aix thirteen…

19 November to 24 December
Animations des 3 places
Street fair

Animations des 3 places

Aix en Provence

La ville d'Aix-en-Provence propose pour les fêtes de fin d'année des animations sur les places Madeleine, Prêcheurs et Verdun. Concert(s) et déambulation(s) les 19 et 26 novembre et les 3, 10, 22, 23 et 24 décembre de 15h à 17h30. Le trio "Les Garçons Brasseurs" propose des musiques…

19 November to 24 December
Animations des 3 places
Street fair

Animations des 3 places

Aix en Provence

La ville d'Aix-en-Provence propose pour les fêtes de fin d'année des animations sur les places Madeleine, Prêcheurs et Verdun. Concert(s) et déambulation(s) les 19 et 26 novembre et les 3, 10, 22, 23 et 24 décembre de 15h à 17h30. Le trio "Les Garçons Brasseurs" propose des musiques…

18 December
The Bravade Calendale
Parade

The Bravade Calendale

Aix en Provence

The famous calendale bravade celebrates the Christmas pump offering to the city authorities. An occasion for deploying with blunderbusses shots, an abundance of Provencal players, from the Chivau-frus to the Italian flag throwers and musicians from theArles Condor, not to mention the presence of…

18 November to 31 December
Santons Fair
Trade fair

Santons Fair

Aix en Provence

The predecessor to the Santons Fair was known as the Market of the Festival of Saint Barbara. It was the largest annual gathering in the city. In December 1934, Jean Baptiste Fouque and his son Paul came to this market to sell their Nativity figurines and over the years were joined by other…

08 January
La marche des Rois
Parade

La marche des Rois

Aix en Provence

The Aix and Provence Stories’ Association organizes the traditional March of kings. A long procession of costumed figurines, little angels, shepherds, craftsmen of all trades, farmers and their animals before the Magi and their three dromedaries. At various locations in the city, the…

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