Christmas events in Aix-en-Provence

Aix en Provence - Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas - From November to January

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 by OT Aix en Provence

  • Organiser

    Aix-en-Provence city hall

    Hôtel de Ville
    Place De l'Hôtel de Ville

    13616 Aix en Provence

  • Lieux

    Aix en Provence
    Divers lieux

  • Phone

    • 04 42 91 90 00
  • Fax

    04 42 25 94 92

  • Website

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18 November to 07 January
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?

21 November to 31 December
Aix-en-Provence Christmas market
Christmas market

Aix-en-Provence 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 smells…

23 November to 04 January
Santons Fair
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

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…

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

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…

30 November to 05 December
Marché international des villes jumelles 2018
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

Marché international des villes jumelles 2018

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…

02 December
Traditional Christmas concert Académie du Tambourin
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

Traditional Christmas concert Académie du Tambourin

Aix en Provence

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

07 December to 06 January
Traditional Christmas nativity scene
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

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 and the perfectly laid traditional table of 13 desserts.

15 December to 24 December
Market of 13 Desserts
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

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…

16 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…

13 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…

13 January
La Pastorale Maurel
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

La Pastorale Maurel

Aix en Provence

Come and discover the oldest and most popular piece of the Provencal Christmas theater in the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume. This piece in 4 acts, founded in 1844, accompanied by an orchestra of fifteen musicians and a choir, is a series of entertaining episodes ending with all the characters…

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Where to stay

Grand Hotel Roi René Aix en Provence - MGallery by Sofitel
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Grand Hotel Roi René Aix en Provence - MGallery by Sofitel

Aix en Provence

A stone's throw from the Cours Mirabeau and the historic center of Aix-en-Provence, the Grand Hôtel Roi René is the ideal place for your getaway in the city of Aix and the surrounding area. Discover the intimate ambience of the Grand Hotel Roi René Aix-en-Provence. Surrender to the comfort of…

Atrium d'Anaïte (L')
Resort

Atrium d'Anaïte (L')

Aix en Provence

Located in an important and dynamic part of the town, near the conference centre and the pedestrian streets of the town centre, this residence welcomes you to its charming and typical Provencal surroundings. A large lobby, breakfast room, meeting room and solarium are here to satisfy the…

Cardinal
Hotel

Cardinal

Aix en Provence

Hôtel Cardinal, founded during the Age of Enlightenment, is one of these authentic places with spirit, history, some kind of magic. The 18th-century atmosphere of the rooms and suites blending old-time charm with modern amenities, such as the exquisite dining room serving traditional French…

Le Four des Banes - Chambre Verdon
B&B

Le Four des Banes - Chambre Verdon

Aix en Provence

Le Four des Banes est une maison d'hôtes de charme, à 5 minutes en voiture du Centre historique d'Aix en Provence. Une piscine dédiée aux hôtes uniquement. Hébergement au calme et dans la campagne aixoise. WIFI et Parking gratuit à disposition dans la propriété. La chambre Verdon est…

Hôtel des quatre Dauphins
Hotel

Hôtel des quatre Dauphins

Aix en Provence

The attractive privately-run Hôtel des Quatre Dauphins, a former private mansion, will be pleased to welcome you in a warm and peaceful atmosphere. Situated in the center of Aix-en Provence, in the Mazarin district, it is a mere stone's throw away from the four Dolphin Fountain and the famous…

La Sauveté
B&B

La Sauveté

Aix en Provence

Located at 2,5km from Aix city center, this provençal house has a shady garden with terrace and a Spa (free no extra !). Fabienne et Christian welcome you in their fig tree room, comfortable, quiet and peaceful.

Le Lully
Holiday rental

Le Lully

Aix en Provence

At the heart of Aix en Provence, city of culture, between the Grand Théâtre de Provence (Provence big theatre) and the Théâtre Noir (black theatre) (Preljocaj ballets) designed by the same architect as the MuCEM in Marseille, on a pedestrian esplanade, at only 5 minutes of the old center,…

Caravelle
Hotel

Caravelle

Aix en Provence

In the center of Aix en Provence, closed to the cours mirabeau, 5 minutes far from the railway station and the bus station.

Concorde
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Concorde

Aix en Provence

A green corner, in the heart of town,"le concorde" bids you welcome. Quiet and confortable rooms (49), rooms for disabled people, large underground, car park, lift, sitting room, quiet terrace and garden. Pets are allowed. Location: 10 minutes walking distance to the centre city, neraby shopping…

Things to do

Oriental carpets and tapestries - Alexandre Naalbandian
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Oriental carpets and tapestries - Alexandre Naalbandian

Aix en Provence

Sale, purchase, restoration carpets and tapestries.

Jacquèmes
Fashion / shopping

Jacquèmes

Aix en Provence

Jacquèmes is an institution in Aix. It lies in Aix-en-Provence old town and has sold gourmet French produce for three generations! Here you'll find a variety of wines and spirits (large whisky selection), fine foods (foie gras, caviar, salmon, truffle) and a range of tea and coffee beans/ground…

Les macarons de Caroline
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Les macarons de Caroline

Aix en Provence

Store of macaroons.

Gago
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Gago

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for women

Pasino
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Pasino

Aix en Provence

Aix-en-Provence's Pasino embodies the Partouche group's signature “entertainment for all” and brings the joys of gambling (access to games room for adults only not banned from gambling upon presentation of ID or a Players Plus card) together with a wide range of activities for the whole…

L'Occitane en Provence
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L'Occitane en Provence

Aix en Provence

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Maison Brémond 1830
Fashion / shopping

Maison Brémond 1830

Aix en Provence

Provencal products

Farinoman fou
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Farinoman fou

Aix en Provence

The success of Farinoman is no longer to be made and the, lovers of good bread in Aix are plenty to rush and taste the precious sesame. The Farinoman fou is a Quebec baker who does not hesitate to mix bread with words, wheat and paste of almonds, cinnamon and grapes and other associations. A…

Muse
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Muse

Aix en Provence

Boutique de luxe située en centre-ville qui propose de nombreuses marques en chaussures, maroquinerie, bijoux, lunettes de soleil, parfumerie et déco.

Where to eat

Fanny's
Cuisine de Provence

Fanny's

Aix en Provence

This little Aix restaurant paints a pretty picture, with its bold red front window and its two dashing young owners. One's first impressions are confirmed with a glance at the menu: simple produce (freshly baked bread, local vegetables from a favourite farmer), seasonal dishes, mixed salads,…

L'Epicurien
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L'Epicurien

Aix en Provence

Its one bad point? Too small! This raw and cosy bistro is where talented chef Ludovic Aillaud delivers up inspired dishes made with high-quality produce, ever-faithful to his philosophy of enjoying life to the full. This modest man has a nose for good food. The service is fast, the menu is lively…

Campanile Aix-en-Provence Sud - Pont de l'Arc - Gril
Cuisine de Provence

Campanile Aix-en-Provence Sud - Pont de l'Arc - Gril

Aix en Provence

Five minutes from the city centre, on the banks of the Arc river, enjoy the restaurant's tranquillity and traditional cuisine with unlimited buffets. The restaurant was renovated in March 2011.

La Rotonde
Food guide restaurant

La Rotonde

Aix en Provence

La Rotonde is a brasserie opposite the famous fountain of the same name in central Aix-en-Provence. The eatery serves generous Mediterranean dishes made on-site using fresh seasonal produce. The menu features carefully-selected seafood, wood-fired pizzas and meat dishes cooked on a Josper oven.…

O Zen - Le Passage
Food guide restaurant

O Zen - Le Passage

Aix en Provence

At O Zen Le Passage, find the O Zen concept which is already very popular in the three restaurants in Marseille: traditional sweet and savoury Asian buffets, all prepared on the premises, and as much as you can eat, giving you excellent value, speed, variety and quality. In the evenings, try the…

Jacquou Le Croquant
Food guide restaurant

Jacquou Le Croquant

Aix en Provence

Step behind the mouth-watering, vintage window and dive into the rustic, arched stone cellars to take a bite out of south-wastern France! Antonia regales her guests with cassoulet, confits, magret and foie gras… And as all the local goose fans know, Antonia also sells a succulent range of…

Il était une fois
Food guide restaurant

Il était une fois

Aix en Provence

Cette table à prix doux nous raconte l'histoire d'un jeune chef méditerranéen : Joan Sampietro, 31 ans, tient son prénom de sa mère espagnole, son nom de son père italien et son registre gastronomique de Sisteron, où il a grandi. L'agneau, forcément, gambade souvent dans les assiettes de…

Le Bar 1924 - Le Pigonnet
Cuisine de Provence

Le Bar 1924 - Le Pigonnet

Aix en Provence

The new Bar and Bistrot located in the Le Pigonnet hotel offers a cosy and intimate atmosphere, as well as a cognac and cigar lounge. Just step in and sample the cocktails and fine wines in a welcoming setting, with the Chef's generous dishes and conviviality and a menu which changes daily.…

Pointe Noire
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Pointe Noire

Aix en Provence

Le Bar A Mets is a modern and social setting that has a brasserie, wine and tapas bar feel. The Mazzia brothers wanted to open a bar with local roots and direct links with local producers and artisans. Pointe-Noire, in tribute to their native town in the Congo, is a minimalist monochrome…

Inspirations

The soap

The soap

Tradition

'Savon de Marseille', how to tell the real from the fake

The Cagole

The Cagole

Art de vivre

Translation our version of the Essex girl…

La Poutargue

La Poutargue

'Boutargue', an amber-coloured jewel fished on the shores of Martigues...

The cicada

The cicada

The sun's rays are warming you through the pine trees, but you will not know if the summer is here until you hear THE CICADAS!