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Christmas in Provence’s Vineyards – 2015 Events, Dates and Locations

20/11/2015
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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!

Christmas in Provence's VineyardsThose 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.

November 21/22

Château de Berne, Lorgues – Christmas markets, Provence theme

November 28/29

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

December 5/6

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)

December 12/13

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)

December 19/20

Domaine les Valdons, Cucuron – Christmas Market (Saturday 19th 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.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Phoebe @ Lou Messugo 24/11/2015 at 4:56 pm

    How are we ever going ot find enough time to go to all these events Chrissie?!!! I love the idea of a Christmas market in a vineyard/château.

  • Reply curiousprovence 24/11/2015 at 5:38 pm

    Very cool! Sadly a bit far from me. Might have to go on a road trip!

    • Reply Chrissie 12/12/2015 at 9:23 am

      Hi Ashley, definitely worth a festive road trip down into the Var, although I’m sure the Alpilles are magic at the moment too :)

  • Reply Jill Barth 11/12/2015 at 11:12 pm

    Sounds so wonderful! Every bit of the holiday spirit and Provence wine! I’d take a sleigh ride for that. I have one more to add to your list:

    http://www.provencewinezine.com/4205-2/

    Joyeux Noël!

    • Reply Chrissie 12/12/2015 at 9:21 am

      Oh lovely, thanks Jill, will add to the list. And have a fab festive season :)

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