This is the magical season in France, when cities, big and small, are getting decorated with Christmas lights and shiny shops vitrines. Bordeaux too is joyfully embracing the Christmas spirit with a huge Christmas tree, in front of the city hall and the traditional Christmas market on Allees des Tourny. But Christmas doesn’t have to be only about traditional stands of chestnuts, cheese and hot wine. It can also be innovative, creative, social and generally inspiring. This is one of the strong sides of Bordeaux, the city is really good at combining the traditional with the new and creative. And so, alongside the traditional Christmas market, Bordeaux offers plenty of alternative markets that will inspire your Christmas gifts list. This is a great month to be in Bordeaux!
In this post I gathered a list of 10 Christmas markets worth visiting in Bordeaux, so here we go!
Marché de Noël de Bordeaux
The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will open its gates between November 30 and December 30. This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the region with 150 pavilions selling all the traditional Christmas merchandise such as clothes, decorations, jewelry, toys and local products. Even if you don’t intend to buy any gifts at the market you can still enjoy the Christmas spirit with some hot wine and roasted chestnuts. For more info click here.
When: November 30 – December 30 from 10:30 to 21:30
Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux
The Bassins a Flot Christmas Weekend
For a complete change of atmosphere head north to the Bassins a flot. On the first weekend of the month (December 1-2) all the cool places in this neighborhood will host Christmas related events. Among the participating places are: The Garage Moderne, Kfe des Familles, Les Vivres de l’Art, the IBOAT (see more info below), Musée Mer Marine Bordeaux and more. For all the details check out the Facebook page of the event.
Read more about these cool places in my post about the Bacalan district.
When: December 1-2
Where: Different locations in Bacalan
Iboat – Christmas market on a boat
Le Super Marché de Noël is one of the coolest Christmas markets in Bordeaux. The Iboat is an old ferry that nowadays serves as a concert venue, frequently hosting funky events such as this one. The Iboat Christmas market is hosting 50 French creators and designers of textile, jewelry, kids toys, decorations and more. For the traditional touch the market will include food stands, hot wine and photo sessions with Père Noël (Santa Claus). You can see the list of all the stands here. The event is free and will take place on December 1-2 from 11:00 to 19:00. For more info click here.
When: December 1-2
Where: quai Armand Lalande, 33300 Bordeaux
Xmas Market – Darwin
This market is gradually gaining a status as one of the main Christmas markets in Bordeaux. Like Darwin itself, the Xmas market is an alternative event with craftsmen and regional creators. The market will include stands of clothes, jewelry, accessories, art objects, books, sport accessories and bio products. To make it more entertaining many activities will take place during these three days, among theme workshops for kids, tasting of bio products, concerts and other surprises. The market will take place on December 14-16, for more info click here.
When: December 14-16
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
Pop-up de Noël des Polichineuses
After two very successful events of “Les Rendez-vous des Polichineuses” in les Halles de Bacalan, that took place this year, they are coming back with a special Christmas pop-up market. The idea is to reduce consumption and to favor second hand and vintage items. The organizers of the event did a great job in choosing stylish accessories, furniture and home decor so you are guaranteed to find a lot of chic Christmas gifts. There’ll be also a dedicated places for kids so it’s really a family friendly event. The market will take place in Halles de Bacalan on December 6-9. For more info about the event and all the exhibitors click here.
When: December 6-9
Where: 10 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Etsy Made in France Bordeaux
This market is organized by the Etsy Made in France team with the goal to promote local independent creators. Come to experience a more cozy market of young passionate creators and hear their stories and inspiration for their work. The event will take place in one of the most unique places in Bordeaux, the Garage Moderne in the Bacalan district. For more info click here.
When: December 8-9
Where: Garage Moderne – 1 Rue des Etrangers – 33300 Bordeaux
Drôle de Noël
For the 9th time the city of Talence invites you to their big Christmas celebration taking place on December 14-30 in Park Peixotto. For two weekends in a row (December 14-16, December 21-23) a Christmas market will take place in the park and on December 24-30 (except December 25) the park will host plenty of activities for kids. For more info click here.
When: December 14-30
Where: Peixoto, 33400 Talence
Marché de noël Afro Caribéen de Bordeaux
The Afro-Caribbean Christmas market gathers exhibitors from different domains such as fashion, culinary, culture and more. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the Afro-Caribbean culture and food. A Gospel concert will take place on Sunday afternoon. For more info click here.
When: December 21-23
Where: 17 rue Edouard Faure, 33300 Bordeaux, France
L’Arche de Noël – creators market
L’Arche de Noël is a creators market taking place in the Chartrons neighborhood every weekend until Christmas (December 22-23 is the last event). Each weekend a group of local talented craftsmen and artists will present their original creations. See more details here.
When: Until December 23
Where: 23 Rue Minvielle, 33000 Bordeaux
Le Marché de Noël Solidaire
The Solidarity Christmas market is part of the Social Economy and Solidarity month. This is a unique market, organized by the city hall and the local social development fund aiming to support young local creators who founded their company thanks to microcredits. The market will take place at Place Pey Berland on December 7-24. See more details here.
When: Until December 23
Where: Place Pey Berland
Hope you enjoyed my Christmas market list!
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