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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17 November to 06 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
Foire aux santons 2018
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

Foire aux santons 2018

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…

24 November
Concert d'Automne de l'Académie du tambourin
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

Concert d'Automne de l'Académie du tambourin

Aix en Provence

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

25 November
Inauguration de la Foire aux Santons
Exhibition

Inauguration de la Foire aux Santons

Aix en Provence

La Messe des Santonniers, un moment incontournable, annonce la période de Noël dans la ville d'Aix-en-Provence. Organisée par l'association Lei Farandoulaire Sestian pour les santonniers, elle se déroule en l'église Saint Jean-Baptiste du Faubourg sur le cours Sextius. Comme chaque année,…

30 November to 06 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…

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.

08 December to 09 December
Olive Oil Market of Aix-en-Provence AOP
Christmas in Provence, Provençal Christmas

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",…

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…

Nearby

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  4. Occadeco - Location de vélos

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Where to stay

Concorde
Hotel

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…

Vendôme
Hotel

Vendôme

Aix en Provence

The Hôtel Vendôme, a two stars air conditionned hôtel, welcomes you in its comfortable rooms near the city center, 5mn walk.

Aquabella
Hotel

Aquabella

Aix en Provence

Right in full heart of the old Aix-en-Provence, at the feet of the old city, Sextius thermal baths and the Fitness center. medieval fortifications. Attached to the This modern establishment consists of 110 rooms Provence oriented decoration. Bathroom equipped with a bath-tub, independent toilets,…

Saint-Christophe
Hotel

Saint-Christophe

Aix en Provence

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…

Les Années 50
Holiday rental

Les Années 50

Saint Marc Jaumegarde

Dans une belle bastide du XIXème à seulement 4 kms d'Aix en Provence, maison proposant un gîte et 3 chambres/suites qui mettent en scène des ambiances uniques mariant couleurs, fantaisie, mobilier chiné et esprit contemporain. Christophe et Cristel vous accueillent en famille, et vous feront…

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…

Mme et M. LOUBIERE
B&B

Mme et M. LOUBIERE

Meyreuil

Villa Valbelle : An oasis of calm, only 3 km from the center of Aix-en-Provence. Situated at the edge of a pine forest, with magnificent views of Mount Sainte-Victoire, come and discover the charms of Villa Valbelle. The perfect place from which to visit Aix-en-Provence the city of Cézanne,…

Villa Jeannette
Holiday rental

Villa Jeannette

Aix en Provence

Let yourself be carried away by the charm of this unique century-old town house, classified 4 * furnished tourism, in hidden in lush greenery, at the bottom of the large landscaped garden and away from the noise of the city yet so close... Imagine diving in the turquoise water of the pool or…

Villa Gallici
Hotel

Villa Gallici

Aix en Provence

This country house overlooking Aix is bathed in the soft Provençal light so often depicted by Cézanne. Set amidst an elegant Florentine garden, where cypress trees are reflected in a luxurious pool, it offers sumptuous rooms with terraces and private gardens. Linger over an aperitif in the…

Things to do

Promenade de la Torse
Landscape

Promenade de la Torse

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 give…

Ouvrage
Fashion / shopping

Ouvrage

Aix en Provence

Ouvrage est une galerie boutique mettant en avant des objets et produits créés par des artisans d'art, artistes et créateurs français. Faits par des passionnés qui travaillent de manière éthique à partir de matières premières de qualité et d'une manière respectueuse des conditions…

Pain de Sucre
Fashion / shopping

Pain de Sucre

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for women

Saint-Jean de Malte Church
Monument

Saint-Jean de Malte Church

Aix en Provence

The fortified church owes its name to the Knights of Saint-John of Jerusalem. Built outside the ramparts in the 13th century, this was the first Gothic construction in Provence. It used to contain the graves of the Counts of Provence in its side chapels. Next to the church, palais de Malte,…

Espace Jeunesse theater
Cultural place

Espace Jeunesse theater

Aix en Provence

Theatre specifically for young people – shows all year round. The theatre has 108 seats (formerly called Théâtre 108), 1 stage and 2 boxes.

Théâtre d'Aix
Cultural place

Théâtre d'Aix

Aix en Provence

Situé au coeur de la ville, 8 avenue de la Violette, à 5 min de la place de l'Hôtel de ville et à 10 min à pied de la Rotonde, il est à la fois un théâtre de quartier, riche de sa vie et de sa diversité et un espace de création artistique privilégié. Le Théâtre d'Aix, c'est d'abord…

Domaine de Roques Hautes
Landscape

Domaine de Roques Hautes

Le Tholonet, Aix en Provence, Beaurecueil, Saint Antonin sur Bayon

En contre-bas de la Montagne Sainte-Victoire, le Parc Départemental de Roques Hautes est à cheval sur les communes de Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon, Beaurecueil, Le Tholonet et Aix-en-Provence. D'une superficie de 700 hectares vous pourrez profiter d'un panorama au relief accidenté et aux couleurs…

Locbateau
Nautical leisure

Locbateau

Aix en Provence

Locbateau propose des balades en bateau privé avec skipper dans les iles et les calanques. Le départ peut se faire à partir du rond-point de la rotonde pour les personnes non véhiculées. Le bateau est équipé d'une glacière électrique et d'une sono bluetooth et il y a également la…

Atelier Luinwé
Craftsman

Atelier Luinwé

Aix en Provence

In the centre of Aix-en-Provence, Atelier Luinwé is a jeweller's, a design centre and exhibition space. All the jewellery on display is unique, hand-made in silver, and hallmarked.

Where to eat

Café Le Verdun
Food guide restaurant

Café Le Verdun

Aix en Provence

Traditional brasserie food with a Provençal flavour: Monkfish stew ("bourride"), meat stew, aioli, red mullet fillet with tapenade, leg of lamb, steak tartare.

Yamato
Food guide restaurant

Yamato

Aix en Provence

Koji and Yuriko Someya welcome and introduce you to all the freshness and exceptional finesse of Japanese gastronomy at lunchtime and evenings. In a simple, chic setting, enjoy all the enchantment and magic of Japan. Taste the subtle and refined flavours of a cuisine known for its delicacy. Take…

Pointe Noire
Food guide restaurant

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…

Mitch
Food guide restaurant

Mitch

Aix en Provence

Chef serves modern dishes made using fresh produce in Aix-en-Provence old town.

Les caves Henri IV by Le Formal
Food guide restaurant

Les caves Henri IV by Le Formal

Aix en Provence

Despite the extreme discretion of this very refined and hidden-away eatery in Rue Espariat, Jean-Luc Le Formal's reputation went beyond the 15th-century arches of this artist's studio many years back. A colourist of flavours and alchemist of sauces, Jean-Luc juggles cleverly with his produce and…

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…

Les Deux Garçons
Food guide restaurant

Les Deux Garçons

Aix en Provence

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 ,…

Le Comptoir du Clos - Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel
Food guide restaurant

Le Comptoir du Clos - Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel

Aix en Provence

Le chef Arnaud Davin avait envie de "France" : de retour des îles, il arrivet en Provence pour reprendre la brasserie chic du tout nouveau cinq étoiles aixois, le Mariott Renaissance. Au « Comptoir », bistrot au décor chic - bois sombre, banquettes design et suspensions glamour -, des…

L'Epicurien
Food guide restaurant

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…

Inspirations

The 'OM'

The 'OM'

Lifestyle

The 'OM' is more than just a symbol, it's a way of life!

Lavender

Lavender

Tradition

Happiness is in the lavender field!

The Sea Urchin

The Sea Urchin

Terroir

According to Marcel Pagnol, "if we only judged things by appearances, nobody would ever have wanted to eat a sea urchin"

The Sun

The Sun

Sunshine, one of the fundamentals of life in the South…