December is the magical season in France when cities, big and small, get decorated with Christmas lights and shiny shop 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 some 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 Christmas markets worth visiting in and around Bordeaux in 2019. Remember that we are at the end of October now and many markets have not yet published their dates. So be sure to come back to this page for updates later in November and December. Also, if you’re in Bordeaux in November, check out the list of events taking place in and around Bordeaux during the month. Here we go!
Marché de Noël de Bordeaux
The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will open its gates between November 27 and December 29. 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 27 – December 29 from 10:30 to 21:30 / Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux
Xmas Market – Darwin
This market is gradually gaining 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, sports accessories and organic products. To make it more entertaining many activities will take place during these three days, among them workshops for kids, tastings, concerts and other surprises. The market will take place on December 13-15, for more info click here.
When: December 13-15 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
Arcachon fête Noël
The city of Arcachon invites you to its traditional Christmas celebration with a Christmas market and an ice skating rink. The event will take place from December 14 to January 5 on Place Thiers. For more details click here.
When: December 14 – December 5 / Where: Place Thiers, Arcachon
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 of Bordeaux 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 the Maison écocitoyenne on December 6-24. See more details here.
When: December 6-24 / Where: Maison écocitoyenne, Quai Richelieu, 33000 Bordeaux
Marché de Noël de Talence
The city of Talence invites you to their big Christmas celebration taking place on December 20-22 in Park Peixotto. You can see the program for the festive weekend here.
When: December 20-22 / Where: Peixoto, 33400 Talence
Le Grand Bazar des Créateurs
The Garage Modere in the Bacalan district will hold a very fun and creative event on December 7-8 called the Big Creators market. Around 20 local craftsmen and creators of clothes, jewelry, leather goods, accessories, sewing and photography, will offer their original items for sale. The event is free, for more details click here.
When: December 7-8 / Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux
Marché de Noël Japonais
This special Christmas market has become a tradition. Every year the Japanese restaurant Little Tokyo hosts a Japanese style Christmas celebration with workshops of origami, calligraphy and other beautiful Japanese traditions. This is one of the early Christmas markets, taking place on November 9-10. For more info click here.
When: November 9-10 / Where: 21 allée de Megevie, 33170 Gradignan
Marché de Noël in Saint-Émilion
The traditional Christmas market in Saint Emilion will take place on December 7-8. You will find more than 60 exhibitors at the main locations of the historic center: the square of the monolithic church, the old market hall and the cloister of the collegiate church. For more details click here.
When: December 9-10 / Where: Saint Emilion – center
Marché de Noël in Bazas
Bazas will host its traditional Chrismas market at the main square on December 22nd. Besides the traditional Christmas stands, the market will have activities for kids, concerts of local bands and Santa Clauss of course :). The beautiful town of Bazas is known for its annual Chrismas market that includes several traditional ceremonies at the main square, so if you’re in the region check it out. For more info click here.
When: December 22 / Where: Place de la Cathédrale, 33430 Bazas
Marché de Noël à Sarlat
If you’re in the mood to travel a bit, why not go to one of the most impressive Christmas markets in the South of France, the Sarlat Christmas market. Sarlat is a magical place that is worth a visit any time of the year, but this market makes it even more worthwhile. The village includes 70 chalets selling local products, clothes, decorations, hot wine and more. For more info click here.
When: December 4-30 / Where: Place de la Grande Rigaudie , 24200 Sarlat-la-canéda
Noël à Bergerac
Another great destination in Dordogne which is much closer to Bordeaux is Bergerac. Bergerac is one of the best Christmas markets in the south-west region with tens of stands, beautiful decorations and activities. The market takes place at place Louis de la Bardonnie on December 14-24. For more details click here.
When: December 14-24/ Where: place Louis de la Bardonnie, 24100 Bergerac
I hope you enjoyed my Christmas market list!
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