Christmas events in Aix-en-Provence

Aix en Provence - Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas - From November 17th to January 21st

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
  • Phone

    • 04 42 91 90 00
  • Fax

    04 42 25 94 92

  • Website

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17 November to 31 December
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…

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?

22 November to 31 December
Christmas market
Christmas market

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…

02 December to 05 January
Sapin géant et boîte aux lettres du Père Noël
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

Sapin géant et boîte aux lettres du Père Noël

Aix en Provence

Le sapin de Noël de 13 mètres est de retour sur les trois places. Il sera installé cette année devant l'église de la Madeleine. Symbolisant la magie de Noël auprès des enfants comme des parents, ce sapin géant est une attraction à lui seul, et un point de rassemblement pour les Aixois.…

08 December to 07 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.

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…

16 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
Noel à la chapelle
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

Noel à la chapelle

Aix en Provence

Le départ se fait au alentour de 16h sur le Cours Brémond au centre du village des Milles. Le cortège s'anime avec les animaux, les charrettes, les personnages de la crèche pour une halte à l'église puis jusqu'à la chapelle du Serre dans les hauteurs de village. (en dessus de la piscine…

17 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…

31 December
Nativity scene competition in Provence
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

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.

14 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…

21 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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Allees Provencales
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Allees Provencales

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Idéalement situé à 2 pas de la Rotonde et le cours Mirabeau, appartement climatisé de 50 m² situé au 3ème étage avec ascenseur d'un immeuble résidentiel. Séjour/salon. Cuisine équipée (LL, LV). 1 chambre avec 1 lit/2 pers (160x200). 1 Salle d'eau avec WC. Terrasse de 10 m² avec…

Cardinal
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Cardinal

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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…

Hôtel en Ville
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Hôtel en Ville

Aix en Provence

This charming hotel offers ten modern & spacious rooms with open space, all air conditionned. The last renovated property of the hotels in Aix en Provence, with view on the old town, the cathedral and a public park just nearby. You are welcome in a lounge bar or brasserie where you can have a…

Saint-Christophe
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Saint-Christophe

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The Hotel Saint-Christophe is ideally located opposite the Rotonde fountain, at the entrance to the pedestrian historic center, less than 50 meters from the Tourist Office and a stone's throw from Cours Mirabeau, museums, Provencal markets and the Grand Théâtre de Provence. In an Art Deco…

Hotel du Moulin de la Pioline
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Hotel du Moulin de la Pioline

Aix en Provence

Located in Les Milles, Hotel du Moulin de la Pioline is 5 km from the centre of Aix-en-Provence. All of the rooms feature a carpeted floor, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a desk. Each room also includes a private bathroom with a shower and a bath.

L'Olympe ADIJ
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L'Olympe ADIJ

Aix en Provence

This small hotel is located south, near the exit of the Pont de l'Arc, a few steps from CREPS. Parking, rooms with shower and toilet, telephone. The restaurant offers three buffets for a full meal. The hotel is not near the center, it requires a car for evenings in town.

Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire
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Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire

Le Tholonet

Au coeur d'un domaine privé de 5 hectares, entre vignes et oliviers, découvrez l'univers unique d'un hôtel proche d'Aix-en-Provence. A 5 minutes du centre-ville, L'hôtel Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire vous accueille au pied de la montagne Sainte-Victoire qui a tant inspirée Paul Cézanne, dans…

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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…

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Château de la Pioline

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Gilbert Vilers park
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Gilbert Vilers park

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An unfenced park in the heart of Jas de Bouffan, adjoining Avenue Saint John Perse. The landscaping of this 12-acre park blends with the grounds of the buildings and the countryside around. Footpaths connect various areas of Jas de Bouffan. Fine vantage point for viewing Sainte Victoire…

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Ateliers theater

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Torse walk
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Torse walk

Aix en Provence

A path alongside the Torse stream, between the Cezanne Road and Route de Nice, in the eastern part of the city. The entrance is on the Cezanne Road (Route du Tholonet). The footpath and the fitness trail follow the stream, sometimes crossing it by wooden foot bridges. Some huge plane trees…

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Deneuville Guitares

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Deneuville Guitares vous accueil du mardi au samedi dans son atelier. De la création à la réparations, l'atelier Deneuville Guitares s'occupe de vos instrument!

Meubles Martellotto
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Meubles Martellotto

Aix en Provence

Maker of Provençal furniture in all styles (solid walnut, cherry), all art work. Workshop open to visitors by appointment.

First (femme)
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First (femme)

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Ready-to-wear for women, and ready-to-wear for men. Shoe store.

Aix Golf Académie
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Aix Golf Académie

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Aix Golf, the ideal place to learn or improve your game in a friendly atmosphere just 5 minutes from the centre of Aix.

Librairie Jeunesse Oh ! Les Papilles
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Librairie Jeunesse Oh ! Les Papilles

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Conservatoire de musique, de danse et d'art dramatique Darius Milhaud
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Conservatoire de musique, de danse et d'art dramatique Darius Milhaud

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The Conservatoire Darius Milhaud lies in a building that covers 7000m2. The brains behind the design is Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. It has a 500-seater auditorium staging concerts and shows in the heart of the Cultural Forum in Aix between Le Pavillon Noir, Grand Théâtre de Provence and…

Where to eat

Les 2 Frères
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Les 2 Frères

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Not to be confused with Les Deux Garçons on Cours Mirabeau. This duet - brothers Stéphane and Olivier Bencherif have headed out of the town centre to set up their trendy and zen brasserie complete with car park and luxuriant terrace, in a residential quarter of Aix. Loosen your tie… The decor…

Jacquou Le Croquant
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Jacquou Le Croquant

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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…

Ze Bistro
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Ze Bistro

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A blend of ancient, typically rakish French recipes and forward-thinking fare, this honest and vibrant eatery never fails to please, especially since it migrated to new and more spacious climes, sporting a bright, natural decor worthy of the straightforward cuisine of chef Olivier Scola. With…

La Tomate verte
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La Tomate verte

Aix en Provence

This is a bistro as it ought to be: quick midday deals for busy workers and a more elaborate evening menu for those who wish to truly savour their food. Everyone, however, can enjoy fresh, seasonal produce as part of a menu that changes according to the whims of the local market and which still…

Le Mas d'Entremont
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Le Mas d'Entremont

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Nestled in 7,5 acres park with ponds and fountains, the Mas d'Entremont restaurant offers a cuisine always prepared with fresh, quality products coming from known producers. The use of seasonal products influences the types and preparation of dishes. The Marignane family and his team will…

La Cantine
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La Cantine

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Located between the Hôtel de Ville and the Palais de Justice, just two minutes from the Cours Mirabeau, la Cantine's menu features dishes from the South of France, served on the terrace or indoors, at either lunch or dinner. You will find fresh, seasonal produce from Provence, Corsica and Italy,…

Les Deux Garçons
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Les Deux Garçons

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Les Deux Garçons Brasserie, in the unique consular setting period of the Hotel De Gantes, is named in memory of the two waiters who had bought it in 1840 . It holds the memory of many past celebrities such as Raimu , Jouvet, Mistinguett , Churchill, Sartre , Picasso, Piaf, Cendrars , Trenet ,…

Lôtre Restaurant
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Lôtre Restaurant

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The olive tree planted in the middle of the veranda says a lot about the authenticity of the olive oil-based cuisine (oil pressed at the Moulin d’Eguilles) served at this large establishment with garden, set in the town centre. With its lawn, flower beds and lush terrace, Lôtre Restaurant is a…

L'Orangerie
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L'Orangerie

Aix en Provence

In the heart of Aix, L'Orangerie restaurant is spacious and light with windows on every side. Open every day at lunchtime and in the evening. Come and discover our sun-drenched cuisine full of Mediterranean flavours.

Inspirations

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