Looking for an alternative to gluhwein and gingerbread this festive season? Or simply looking for a chance to find your festive spirit?
Luckily, as with every year, numerous events are taking place throughout the vineyards of Provence to help us get into the Christmas mood, such as traditional Christmas markets, wine tastings and even a formal dinner.
Christmas really isn’t the same without wine, is it?
Between now and Christmas you can be guaranteed at least one Christmas market a weekend, with stalls featuring handcrafts and local artisans, lots of food and, of course, the opportunity for a glass or two of the home-made drop.
I love the idea of being able to do my Christmas shopping, glass of wine in hand!
Those who find Christmas the most magical, however, haven’t been forgotten either. Most vineyards have organised an array of fun-filled activities to entertain the kids during the markets, including pony rides and face painting.
Here are a selection of events to celebrate Christmas in Provence’s vineyards, and keep checking back over the coming weeks as I will update as new dates and events come to hand.
Château de Berne, Lorgues – Christmas markets, Scandinavian theme
Château de l’Aumérade, Pierrefeu-du-Var – Launch of the new vintage and winemakers lunch
AOC Bellet, Nice – Portes Ouvertes (Open Doors) of the Bellet vineyards
Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence, Les Arcs – Gourmet Christmas Markets (Saturday 5th only)
Château Les Crostes, Lorgues – Christmas Markets
Château Sainte-Roseline, Les-Arcs-sur-Argens – Christmas Market (Sunday 6th only)
Clos des Roses, Fréjus – Christmas Market
Château Font du Broc, Les Arcs – Christmas Market
Jas des Oliviers, Fréjus – Christmas Market
Château Saint Julien d’Aille, Vidauban – Christmas Markets
Château de Saint-Martin, Taradeau – Traditional Gros Souper de Noël (Saturday 12th only)
For further suggestions on how to celebrate Christmas in Provence, the lovely Phoebe over at Lou Messugo has also complied an extensive list of festive activities across the Riviera. Check out her blog post here: Christmas on the Côte d’Azur.