By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Provence)
A perfect destination for the Christmas holidays or anytime during the year, Provence shares their traditions and customs with visitors.
There is so much happening during Provence’s Christmas holiday season from December 4, 2015 to February 2, 2016. Yes, two festive months of celebrations to enjoy!
Known for their wines, Provence produces colorful wines in all shades of pink. You can arrange wine-themed tours to the Provence wine region, visit the wine estate’s tasting rooms, wine seminars, grape conservatory, vineyard tours and charming cafes while absorbing their culture.
The best way to experience Provence, walk along the streets and visit several cities. The following Christmas Holiday Activities and Exciting Cities are suggestions by the Wines of Provence:
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES
The Craft of Santons – Known as the “Little Saints” these handcrafted clay figurines were originally intended for placement in crèches, but have expanded since the 19th century to depict Provence’s everyday life. Both lifelike and abstract, they can be found in churches, museums, Christmas markets and shops.
Religious Nativity Scenes – Displayed in churches and other locations throughout Provence’s communities, Nativity scenes feature the Baby Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Joseph and other biblical and secular Santons. The scenes are removed at the end of Christmas festivities on February 2.
Christmas Fairs, Markets and Festivals – Located throughout the towns and cities of Provence, these glittering events showcase local vendors selling handmade products, food and wine. Some examples include events taking place in…
Aix-en-Provence-Cosmopolitan restaurants, picturesque streets and elegant buildings, Aix is sophisticated, chic and artistic, the inspiration for painters like Paul Cezanne who was born here in 1839.
Nice – The Christmas village runs from December 4th to January 3rd at the Place Masséna and the Promenade du Paillon. Everyday features Christmas lighting displays, more than 60 local craftsmen displaying their goods for purchase, carousels and other games, and even an ice rink for skating.
Aix en Provence – (December 20) is a ceremonial procession with musicians, dancers and folklore; the vendors of Christmas crib figures (santonniers) are on the Allées Provençales (thru December 30), and the Marché des Rois is a street processional of carols and folk songs (January 10).
Saint Tropez – Visitors to this city on the sea will experience numerous holiday sights including: children’s games and activities, an ornate nativity display at the Chapelle de la Miséricorde, ice sculptures and igloos, a workshop detailing how Santons are made, and much more.
Avignon-Hugging the banks of the Rhône River, Avignon is dominated by the fortress-like Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), the home of the French Popes who lived here for most of the 14th century.
With 600 wine producers and 40 trade companies, the Provence region of France offers many opportunities to fill your time.
For the complete calendar of events or tour suggestions, contact the Wines of Provence: http://winesofprovence.com/site/tourism, youtube.com/winesofprovence
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By Sandy Zimmerman