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If any of your friends or family members live in France or just miss traveling here, a French Christmas gift will surely warm their hearts. In this article, I gathered a few fun ideas for Christmas gifts you can purchase online that any Francophile would love to get. As I live in Bordeaux, many of my ideas are related to the SW of France, but not only. I also included books and food-related items that I personally really like. If you live in Bordeaux, I added to the list a few Bordeaux experiences that could replace physical Christmas gifts. Before we start, don’t forget to check out my Christmas markets in Bordeaux article! Now let’s get festive and dive into my list of French Christmas gift ideas. 

Books – the perfect French Christmas gift

The most beautiful villages in France

This is probably my favorite gift to give to people who live here or are planning to travel to France. Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is a label given to beautiful rural villages in France with a rich cultural heritage. I’ve been using this book since my first year living here and it led me to discover the most magical places in France. If you’re looking for a traveling book or just a reference book to some of the most beautiful places in France, this is the book for you. 

French cookbooks for foodies 

People who love to cook would be happy to get a French recipes book to add to their home library, especially those who don’t live here and can’t get good French food very easily. There are many books about French cuisine, some contain only recipes and others also include personal stories of the authors or anecdotes about French food, the latter are my favorites. Here are a few of my recommendations for cooking books as a French Christmas gift.  

As I live in the Southwest of France, I love recommending books about this region and in the food section, there are two really good options.

French Country Cooking

French Country Cooking is written by chef Mimi Thorisson who is a famous food blogger living in the Medoc wine region. Her beautiful book includes 100 recipes, photos, and many stories inspired by her family life in the county side of Bordeaux. 

The Bordeaux Kitchen: An Immersion into French Food and Wine

The other one is a very detailed book about the Southwest of France cuisine called The Bordeaux Kitchen which is written by Tania Teschke, a writer and photographer who lives in Bordeaux.

If you enjoyed traveling here, you’ll love this book as it focuses on local recipes that are hard to find in other regions of France

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

One of the most popular French cuisine books in English is written by Julia Child, an American writer, and a TV personality, who lived in France for many years and has introduced Americans to the secrets of French cuisine with her popular book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. If you’re not into cooking I really recommend reading her other bestseller about her life in France, called My life in France.

Creative French Christmas gifts

From time to time I see amazing maps of France that show different wine and food regions as well as the main monuments to discover in the country. When I see one I really like I always think that it can be a beautiful gift for someone who loves France. Here are a few creative and beautiful maps I found that you can purchase online.

A map of all the places you shouldn’t miss when traveling in France.

A funky gastronomic map of France – get famiar with the speciality of every region

A puzzle map of France – so you can play and decorate your house

Wine and food-related French Christmas gifts 

A Limited Edition Case of Bordeaux Wine for Christmas

If you want to surprise someone who really loves wine, I have an amazing gift idea for you – a limited Edition of Bordeaux wines selected by a Bordeaux wine expert, Nicolle Croft! The Case includes six bottles of red wine from both the right and left banks of Bordeaux made by passionate small independent producers in Bordeaux (2 bottles of each from 3 different producers). Nicolle is a wine tour guide who works a lot with small producers in the region so the idea behind this set was to cut the middlemen and introduce you to excellent Bordeaux wines directly from the producers to your door. The case comes with full tasting notes and advice on how to prepare the wine, along with links to tasting videos for each wine so that you can taste along with Nicolle in your own home. Also included in the pack is Nicolle Croft’s new book ‘Bordeaux Sip by Sip’ with tips, anecdotes, and advice on how to find the best value in this amazing wine region, something I recommended people to read when traveling to Bordeaux. The price of the Christmas Bordeaux Wine Case is 145€ (plus a delivery fee for shipments outside of France)

I have been collaborating with Nicolle quite a lot in the last few years and I can promise you from personal experience that this will be an amazing gift to your loved ones or even something for yourself to enjoy the festive season. You can see more details about the wine included in the pack in Nicolle’s blog post and feel free to contact her directly by email ([email protected]) and say you came through Lost in Bordeaux. 

Cognac cocktail set 

We can’t talk about SW products without talking about Cognac! Apart from being a popular liqueur, the Cognac region is also a popular destination for those traveling to the region. If you’re planning to travel here soon, you can book a visit to one of Cognac’s famous distilleries like Hennessy, Remi Martin, and Meukow.

However, if you’re looking for a gift for someone who likes Cognac you can be creative and buy a Cognac cocktail set. Camus is one of the big Cognac houses that sell a set like that online – here’s a link to their cocktail set. 

Cheese Board – wine bar style

There’s almost nothing travelers to France love more than French cheese. A very cool gift for someone who misses France can be a beautiful cheese board to help them recreate the vibe of a French wine bar. Here’s one I particularly liked. 

French box – a French gift for foodies

This one is for my American readers! If you really miss French food, this is an amazing gift to yourself, while you prepare for your next trip to France. There are a few companies that send beautiful food boxes from different countries in the world, however, this one is specialized in France. Bon appetite box has several options with different food snack combinations and this time of the year they even have a special Christmas box, with French sweet specialties. Currently, they deliver only in the US. Check out their site here.

A fun experience for those visiting the region  

If you’re in Bordeaux, you don’t have to buy a product, instead, you can think of a fun local activity your loved one can experience in Bordeaux.

Buy opera tickets 

The Grand Theatre of Bordeaux is one of the most beautiful monuments in the city and seeing a ballet or an opera show inside is an amazing experience. Most spectacles at the Opera house are fully booked well in advance, so surprising a person who lives here with tickets to the Grand Theatre will surely bring a smile to their face. Go to the site of the Grand Theatre and purchase the tickets directly there.

Make your own wine experience

Château Pape Clement offers a fun workshop, called Be a Winemaker, where you get to make your own wine, create your own label, and take home a unique bottle. This could be an amazing Christmas gift – you can book it here.

Spa in the vineyardes 

There are quite a few Spas in Bordeaux city itself, among them you can find the intercontinental hotel in the center of Bordeaux or the Spa in Hotel de Sèze. However, you can turn it into a very special Christmas gift by booking a Spa in a Château. One of the best experiences in our region is the Sources-Caudalie Spa which is located amidst the Grand Cru vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. See all the info here.

I hope you enjoyed this article and that it gave you plenty of ideas for French gift ideas for your friends and family. If you want to see more experiences in Bordeaux, don’t forget to follow my Instagram.

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December in Bordeaux is usually all about Christmas but after thorough research, I was able to find a variety of other interesting events taking place especially in the first part of December, among them different wine tasting events, kids theatre, and cinema festivals. I regularly update the info about the markets in the region in my Christmas markets in Bordeaux article as well as my newsletter to which you can subscribe here. I also recently published a list of French Christmas gift ideas, where many of the gifts are related to this beautiful region so I really recommend you check this one out. 

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux I recommend reading my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux and about the best districts in Bordeaux in case you’re still looking for accommodation. If you need day trips ideas, check my article about day trips from Bordeaux

Now let’s start with my list of things to do in Bordeaux in December 2021.

Celebrate Christmas 

The Christmas season in Bordeaux has plenty of great markets to attend and buy presents! The official Marché de Noël de Bordeaux with all the traditional stands and a lot of vin chaud (hot wine) will take place at Allees de Tourny from November 26 to December 26. If you want to discover other markets taking place in Bordeaux and other parts of Gironde, take a look at my Christmas markets in Bordeaux article.

French Christmas gift ideas

Open Doors in the Chateaux of Pessac-Léognan

The Pessac-Léognan appellation is hosting its annual open doors weekend on December 4-5. 34 wineries will take part in the event with wine tastings, tours, gourmet food, and activities for kids. Some of the participating chateaux are Château Brown, Château Pape Clément, and Château Haut-Lagrange, for the full list of Chateaux and more info about the open doors weekend click here. If you’re also in the mood for a little day trip you can spend a nice half-day in Pessac – check out my article about it

Chateau pape Clement Pessac
Chateau pape Clement
When: December 4- 5 / Where: Pessac Leognan region (Check out the link above for the full list of chateaux)
 

International Animated Films Festival

Les Nuits Magiques is an annual international festival of animated movies taking place at  “Le Festival” cinema in Begles on December 1-12. This is the 30th edition of the festival, which over the years gained a reputation in the animation and special effects world. Check out the full program here and all other details you might need here.

When: December 1-12 Where: 151 Boulevard ALBERT 1er, 33130 Bègles

Marché des Créateurs Recycleurs

Recyclerie Atelier D’éco Solidaire is hosting recycling artists and creators market on December 4-5.  At the market, you will find plenty of interesting stands of accessories, pictures, toys for kids, furniture, and more, all made from reused objects and materials. The program also includes workshops for kids and adults. For more info click here

When: December 4-5 / Where: 7 rue de la Motte-Picquet, 33300 Bordeaux

Bassin Geek Festival

The annual Bassin Geek Festival will take place this year at the Parc des Expositions de La Teste De Buch on December 4-5. The program includes all the things the geek community loves:  comics, mangas, web culture, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries and more. Check out the full program and all the details here.

When: December 4- 5 / Where: 940 Avenue de l’Europe. 33260 La Teste-de-Buch

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante 

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants, and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. The brocante is taking place until December 5. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

Brocnte in Bordeaux
When: Until December 5 /Where: Place des Quinconces

Taste the best French wines

In December you also have a chance to taste some of the best French wines in one place at an event called “Bordeaux Tasting”. During two days (December 11-12) tens of wine houses from Bordeaux and other regions in France will be there to present their best wines. The tasting will take place at different sites around Place de la Bourse. For more details click here and here

When: December 11-12 / Where: Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Soirées du cinéma Russe de Bordeaux

The Russian cinema festival will be taking place on December 9-14 in different cultural venues in Bordeaux. The program includes movie screenings, debates, and meetings with cinema professionals. See more info here

When: December 9-14 / Where: Bordeaux

Sur la Route des Vins du Jurançon

How about discovering another wine region in the Southwest of France. If you don’t mind driving, the Jurançon wine appellation, which is located close to the city of Pau is hosting its annual open doors weekend on December 12. See all the details here

When: December 12 / Where: Route de Lacommande, 64360 Monein, France

Festival « Sur Un Petit Nuage » de Pessac

The city of Pessac invites you to a fantastic kids’ festival with plenty of live shows. The festival Sur un Petit Nuage will take place on December 12-21 in different locations in Pessac. You can see the full program here.

When: December 12-21 / Where: different places in Pessac

A traditional marionette theater

Guignol Guérin is the oldest family-run marionette theater in France. Their traditional winter spectacle takes place in Théâtre l’Inox between December 18 and January 2. For more details click here.

When: December 18 to January 2/ Where: 13 Rue Fernand Philippart, 33000 Bordeaux

Talence Celebrates Christmas 

The Christmas market of Talence will take place on December 17-24 at Place Alcalá de Henares, see the details here. The events will start with a beautiful light show that will take place on the nights of December 17-19 at Parc Peixotto, see the details here.

When: December 17-24/ Where: center of Talence

Truffles markets in Dordogne

December is the start of the winter truffles season with many truffles markets in the region taking place between December and February. The Dordogne is known as the capital of truffles of the Southwest of France and starting mid-December it hosts several truffles markets in its different villages. You can see the full list of truffles markets taking place from December to the end of January here.

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 8-31 / Where: Place de la Grande Rigaudie , 24200 Sarlat-la-canéda

Escape the rain

If it’s cold and raining and you’re not in the mood for an event you can always choose one of the cool places on my list of things to do when it’s raining in Bordeaux and things to do with kids when it’s raining

Rainy day in Bordeaux

Exhibitions not to miss in Bordeaux

If you want to discover the main museums of Bordeaux, check out my article about the best art, history, and wine museums of Bordeaux. Otherwise here are three exhibitions you can go see this month. 

Le Monde Merveilleux des Couleurs

A new beautiful exhibition will be presented at Parc Bordelais from November 12 to January 2nd. More than 500 colorful metallic sculptures illuminated by LED bulbs will wait for you at the park every evening from 18:00 to 22:00. For more details click here

Monet, Renoir… Chagall, Voyages en Méditerranée

Visiting the Les Bassins de Lumières is an amazing cultural experience that should not be missed when in Bordeaux. The exhibition that is currently running there is called Monet, Renoir… Chagall, Voyages en Méditerranée. You can get a bit of an impression of how it looks inside in my video. It’s your last chance to see this exhibition as it will end on January 2nd. You must book your tickets in advance. 

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While Bordeaux is not a winter city, in December it gets very festive and beautiful! Usually from the end of November, the streets are being decorated with Christmas lights, and stores all over the city adorn their vitrines with little Pères Noels (the French Santa) and little snowflakes. Like many other French cities, Bordeaux has a big Christmas market but also a few smaller, fun markets around the metropole. In this article, I gathered all the best Christmas markets in Bordeaux in 2021, some are in Bordeaux itself and some in other towns in Gironde. Due to Covid concerns, some towns have not confirmed their dates yet, so I will probably update this article during the next month, don’t forget to come back to it from time to time. Also if you need information about other markets in the SW of France, join my Facebook group Travel in the Southwest of France.

If you still haven’t done your Christmas gifts shopping, check out my French Christmas gift ideas article, where you can find plenty of products and experiences that anyone who loves France will enjoy!

If it’s your first visit to Bordeaux don’t forget to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux.

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux 

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will take place between November 26 and December 26. 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 26 – December 26 / Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux
French Christmas gift ideas

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. The market will take place on December 10-12, for more info click here.

Bordeaux Darwin CHRISTMAS MARKET
When: December 10-12 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël in Saint-Émilion

The traditional Christmas market in Saint Emilion will take place on December 4-5. You will find tens of 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 4-5 / Where: Saint Emilion – center

Marché de Noël de Libourne

Libourne will host a Christmas market between November 28 and December 26 at Place Decazes. Apart from a traditional market with local craftsmen and food stands, the city will offer plenty of entertainment for kids. See more details here.  

When: November 28 – December 26 / Where: Place Decazes, 33500 Libourne

Marché de Noël in Bazas

Bazas will host its traditional Christmas market at the main square on December 12. Besides the traditional Christmas stands, the market will have activities for kids, concerts by local bands and Santa Clauss of course :). For more info click here

When: December 12 / Where: Place de la Cathédrale, 33430 Bazas

Arcachon fête Noël

The city of Arcachon invites you to its traditional Christmas celebration with beautiful decorations and activities for kids. The event will take place from December 12 to January 3 on place des Marquises. For more details click here

When: December 12 – January 3 / Where: place des Marquises, Arcachon

Château de La Ligne

The beautiful Château de La Ligne in the Entre Deux Mers region will host its first Christmas market this year, with a variety of stands of local producers and craftsmen. The market will take place on December 4-5, can see more info here.

When: December 4-5/ Where: 30 Rte de l’Entre Deux Mers, 33360 Lignan-de-Bordeaux

La Boca Market

The Boca Market in Bordeaux is organizing its own big Christmas market this year! Apart from the stands, there will be Santa, music, and other Christmas surprises. The market will take place on December 17-19, see more details here.

When: December 17-18 / Where: Euratlantique, Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas market list!

Throughout the month I’ll give plenty of updates about Christmas-related events in and around Bordeaux in my newsletter so be sure to subscribe here.

Also, if it’s your first time in the region, know that many wineries are open during December as well, so it’s worth contacting them and scheduling a meeting. If you’re planning to go to Saint Emilion here are my recommendations for wineries to visit there. If you’re more into Medoc wine, in this article you’ll find plenty of wineries to visit in the Medoc wine region. If you rather stay in Bordeaux city, Chateau Pape Clement is a great winery to visit by public transport from the city center – book a visit here.

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Did you already buy all your Christmas gifts? This time of the year could be quite stressful with the long list of gifts for your parents, your kids, their teachers and who’s not. After the success of the Christmas markets post, I thought you might also need some help with you Christmas shopping in Bordeaux. So if you still have no idea what you’re going to buy, I want to help you with some ideas for gifts you can easily find in the center of Bordeaux. Most of my presents are related to Bordeaux because I think it can give your presents that special twist and make them stand out on Christmas day.

Little surprises

Are you invited to a Christmas dinner with plenty of kids? Or just need to buy presents to a big group of people? I have three shops to suggest with plenty of small, chic and amusing stuff, all at the center of Bordeaux. Flying tiger, on rue Sainte Catherine, is your go to place for cool gifts for kids, such as coloring books, funky room decoration and a lot of crafty games. In Hema, which is well known in France, you can find cute little chocolates in different forms (chocolate letters of the child’s name is always a pleasant gift). Another idea from Hema is their beautiful notebooks which is a very nice gift for those who love to write their new years resolution. The last one, is Søstrene Grene, a shop for those who prefer a more minimalist style. They have beautiful house and office utensils which can be a great gift for every age.

Discover the book stores of Bordeaux 

If you’re looking to buy something a bit more personal, a book is always a great idea that shows the other person that you have given it a thought. It’s also a good opportunity to discover the beautiful book stores of Bordeaux (a topic that probably requires a dedicated post). There are plenty of big and small bookshops in Bordeaux, but here I want to share just a few places located in the center and serve different audiences. If it’s French books you’re looking for, one of the best places to visits would be the Mollat librairie. This book store has a huge collection of books and at the entrance you’ll find stands with books recommended by the staff. If you need books in English, Bradly’s bookstore is the place for you. And if you need a gift for manga or comics geeks, Crazy Kat is a crazy store that will get you covered.

A bottle of wine from Bordeaux

Wine is always a winner, especially if your gift is not supposed to be too personal. As we live in the capital of wine, the options are endless and you may need some help to choose something good to represent our region. The best thing would be to visit some of the impressive wine shops of Bordeaux and consult the staff there. One option is l’Intendant wine shop with its selection of 15,000 bottles, it’s one of Bordeaux’s institutions. The range there is huge, from very affordable wines in the first floor to very expensive ones on the upper floors. Other good stores in the center of Bordeaux are Wine Corner, Cousin compagnie and Badie.

Chocolates

Bordeaux is a city of wine, but apparently it also produces great chocolate. The city center is full with brilliant chocolatiers which turned chocolate making into a real art. A box of yummy bonbons, especially when wrapped for Christmas, is a gift that never misses. One of the most popular chocolatiers in Bordeaux in recent years is Hasnaa, a winner of the French master chef. She offers a box of 10 pieces of her specialty chocolates for 12 euros, which I think is a beautiful present.  Other shops are David Capy, who is a Mof (the higher French honor for craftsmanship), Maison Darricau, on Place Gambetta and Saunion on Cours Georges Clemenceau.

Christmas markets

If you want to buy something made by a Bordelaise designer or craftsman go to one of the many Christmas markets around Bordeaux. While the main market is a traditional one, the other markets across the city have a lot of original stands with everything from bags to jewelry and designer ties for men. Check out my list of Christmas markets in Bordeaux, and follow my weekend list to find more options every weekend.

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux

Buy a Ticket to an event or an activity in Bordeaux

If you want to buy something made by a Bordelaise designer or craftsman go to one of the many Christmas markets around Bordeaux. While the main market is a traditional one, the other markets across the city have a lot of original stands with everything from bags to jewelry and designer ties for men. Check out my list of Christmas markets in Bordeaux, and follow my weekend list to find more options every weekend.

Have no time to go shopping in the center of Bordeaux? Here’s an idea for you – buy French culture inspired books online

The Official Guide to the Most Beautiful Villages of France

This has been my travelling guide since I moved to France. The book includes all the most beautiful villages in France voted by an official organization. And let me tell you, they are beautiful!!! They cover all of France and it’s an amazing gift for people who love travelling and discovering new places.

The English version is a bit outdated (2016) so if you speak a bit of French I would suggest buying the French version.

The Bordeaux Kitchen: An Immersion into French Food and Wine, Inspired by Ancestral Traditions

Another book is more related to Bordeaux and includes wine and gastronomy, among Bordeaux’s most prominent symbols.

Enjoy your Christmas shopping!

Thanks for reading!! 

This time my weekend list includes plenty of local creator markets, so if you want to discover local talent and support young creators this is a good opportunity. For those of you who are fed up with markets I have other suggestions such as an animation festival, an opening of a new covered market, a street art festival and more.

This is the list of things to do in and around Bordeaux this weekend (December 7-9):

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

The opening of les Halles de Talence

The new covered market in Talence is about to open its doors this Friday (December 7) with a three days inauguration party. During the weekend you’ll meet the new merchants, listen to music and vote for the last stand that remains to be occupied. You can see more details and the list of stands to chose from here.

Les halles de Talence opening

When: Opening party on December 7
Where: Place Alcala de Henares, Talence 33400

International Animation Films Festival

Les Nuits Magiques is an annual international festival of animation movies taking place at “Le Festival” cinema in Begles from November 28 to December 9. This is the 28th edition of the festival, which over the years gained a reputation in the animation and special effects world. The rich program includes plenty of events and activities for  both kids and adults: premiers of new movies, workshops, meetings with film creators and more. Check out the full program here and all other details here.

When: November 28 – December 9
Where: 151 Boulevard ALBERT 1er, 33130 Bègles

Palmer Street’Art

This is a super cool art event where you can learn to create art in different styles from the artists themselves. The street art festival will take place this Saturday (December 8) at Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. The program includes eight artists from different genres proposing workshops such as graffiti, dj, video art, design and more. The event is free and open for all, see all the details here. For the full programs click here.

When: December 8, 14:00 to 19:00
Where: 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon

Bordeaux en livres

For its third edition, Bordeaux en Livres invites young and old bookworms, aspiring cartoonists and writers to discover the mysterious world of literature and comics. The program includes conferences with writers, comedy shows, photography exhibition, a drawing contest and more. There will be a big space dedicated to young story lovers with storytelling sessions for the little ones and a history workshop for older kids. The event will take place this Saturday (December 8) at the Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux. The event is free, see the full program here and all the practical info here.

When: December  8 . 14:30 – 20:00
Where: Place de la Comédie33000 Bordeaux

The International dance en film festival

The international Danse en film festival is a meeting point of two artistic expressions, cinema and dance, which together create a very magical experience. The festival is taking place this week (until December 8) at the Utopia Cinema and some other venues in the center of Bordeaux. See the full program and all the details on the site of the festival.

When: December  3-8
Where: Center of Bordeaux, see the program for a specific event.

Cirque Pardi! is Coming Back

Cirque Pardi! is a modern circus whose shows combine a lot of dance and humor and are very entertaining for both kids and adults. This year they are coming back to Bordeaux for the second time with their show BorderLand, which gained a great success on their last visit here in 2015.  Cirque Pardi! will perform 15 shows from November 30 to December 22. The temporary circus will be located on Quai de queyries, just next to Darwin. For all the dates and tickets click here.

When: November 30- December 22
Where: 86 quai des Queyries, 33 100 BORDEAUX

Last chance to buy antiques at the Brocante des Quinconces

This is the last weekend of the brocante of Bordeaux taking place at place des Quinconces. The big brocante includes more than 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen.  For more info and the list of exhibitors check out the website of the event.

When: November 23- December 9
Where: Place des Quinconces

Buy clothes at the Grande Braderie

Le Relais Gironde will hold a clearance sale this Saturday (December 8) where you can buy clothes, shoes, bags and more. This event is quite big and you can find many interesting and useful items for cheap. For more details click here.

When: December 8 from 10:00 to 17:00
Where:517 boulevard Alfred Daney, Bordeaux

FOR KIDS

Make you Christmas decorations in a FabLab

Want your kids to make their own Christmas decorations? Cap Sciences invites your family to a DIY workshop, where you can make your decoration using the equipment in their Fablab. The workshop is open to kids older than 12 years old and requires pre-registration – book your visit here. The event, taking place this Saturday (December 8) will also include a tour in Cap Sciences. Entry is 5€, for more details click here.

When: December 8, at 14:30
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Opening of a temporary ice skating rink in Bègles

Centre Commercial Rives d’Arcins in Bègles will open this weekend a temporary ice skating rink for the Christmas season. To celebrate the opening they invite you to skate with the players of Les Boxers de Bordeaux (Bordeaux’s ice hockey team). The event will take place Saturday (December 8) at 15:00. For more details click here.

When: December 8, from  15:00 t0 18:00
Where: CCR Rives d’Arcins, 33130 Bègles

IBOAT – Le mini club de Noël 

This Saturday (December 8) the Iboat will turn into a big party for kids (2 to 12 years old). The program includes skating, a dance floor for kids, candies and more. The entry is free, for more details click here.

When: December 8, at 15:00 to 18:30
Where: Quai Armand Lalande, 33300 Bordeaux

CHRISTMAS AND CREATORS MARKETS

creators markets

Festival Made in Bordeaux

The idea behind Festival Made in Bordeaux is to promote local artists and creators. The event will take place this weekend (December 7-9) in Château des Tours in Le Bouscat. To see all the 43 exhibitors participating at the event click here. Entry is 2€ for 3 days and free for kids under 12 years old. For more details see here. 

When: December 7-9
Where: 246 Avenue de la Libération Charles de Gaulle, 33110 Le Bouscat

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 place 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.

Les Polichineuses

When: December 6-9
Where: 10 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

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

Marché des Créateurs Récycleurs

This event is both creative an environmentally friendly. The market of recycling creators gather 22 craftsmen that make their products from used materials. You will find stands of furniture, jewelry, sculptures, accessories and more. The event will take place this weekend (December 8-9) in ATELIER d’éco SOLIDAIRE. The entry is free, for more details click here.

When: December 8-9
Where: 7 rue de la Motte Picquet, 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 this weekend (December 8-9) in Garage Moderne. For more info click here.

When: December 8-9
Where: Garage Moderne – 1 Rue des Etrangers – 33300 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

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 week a group of local talented craftsmen and artists will present their original creations.

See more details here.

When: December 8-9
Where: 23 Rue Minvielle, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël à Sarlat

If you’re in the mood to travel a bit this weekend, why not go to one of the best Christmas markets in South of France, the Sarlat Christmas martket. Sarlat is a magical places that is worth a visit any time of the year, but this market makes it even more worthwhile. The Christmas village opened its doors on December 5 and will continue until the end of December. The village includes 70 chalets selling local products, clothes, decorations, hot wine and more. For more info click here.

When: December 5-31
Where: Place de la Grande Rigaudie , 24200 Sarlat-la-canéda,

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This month is all about Christmas, there’s no way to escape it! Markets, photo shoots with Santa Claus and plenty of creative people trying to sell us original Christmas gifts. I admit that in this list of 10 things you don’t want to miss in December in Bordeaux area, Christmas is included several times. But I did try hard to offer other fun activities and places to visit this month, so that you won’t feel like you’re in a Christmas horror movie 🙂 Now go and check my list of 10 things to do in Bordeaux in December 2018. Hope you’ll find it useful!

Celebrate Christmas 

The Christmas season is officially on in Bordeaux and you have plenty of great markets to attend this month! The official Marché de Noël de Bordeaux with all the traditional stands and a lot of vin chaud (hot wine) opened its gates a few days ago. If its your first Christmas in France, the traditional Christmas market is a must! However if you feel that you’ve seen it too many times try one of the smaller markets where all the local artists and craftsmen present their stuff. I have made a whole list of Christmas markets in Bordeaux so check it out.

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux

Visit the new covered market in Talence

Finally we have a new place to get drunk on rainy days!! Biltoki, the company that brought us the Halle de Bacalan are opening another market in Bordeaux metropolitan, this time in Talence. In the last few months they have been presenting the merchants that are going to occupy the stands of the market and all of them look very promising. The market will open with a 3 days inauguration party on December 7th. For more info click here.

When: Opening party on December 7
Where: Place Alcala de Henares, Talence 33400

Take your kids to Cirque Pardi!

Cirque Pardi! is a modern circus whose shows combine a lot of dance and humor and are very entertaining for both kids and adults. This year they are coming back to Bordeaux for the second time with their show BorderLand, which gained a great success on their last visit here in 2015.  Cirque Pardi! will perform 15 shows from November 30 to December 22. The temporary circus will be located on Quai de queyries, just next to Darwin. For all the dates and tickets click here.

When: November 30- December 22
Where: 86 quai des Queyries, 33 100 BORDEAUX

Taste the best French wines

This month you have the chance to taste all the best French wines in one place at an event called “Bordeaux Tasting”. During two days (December 15-16) more than a hundred wine houses from Bordeaux area and other regions in France like Bourgogne, Rhône, Alsace and Loire will be there to present their best wines. The tasting will take places in six different sites around Place de la Bourse:
– Palais de la Bourse : les grands bordeaux / les cognacs / les grands invités
– Le Gabriel : Pomerol Séduction
– La Bulle : les bordeaux / bordeaux supérieur
– Le Musée national des Douanes : les grands étrangers
– l’Espace Saint-Rémi : les champagnes
– la Maison Darnozan : l’espace des vins bio

Tickets are 23-27€ depending on the day. For more details click here.

When: December 15-16
Where: Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Interactive special effects exhibition

Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? A new exhibition for kids (older than 6 yo) by the name of “Effets speciaux” is taking place these days in Cap Science. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different especial effects like the green screen. Entry range from 6.5€ to  9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.

When: until August 26
Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 BORDEAUX

Go ice skating

an open air ice skating rink during Christmas time is quite a tradition in many French cities. Until a couple of years ago Bordeaux also used to have one on place Pey Berland.  However, after the city decided that setting up the rink only for a few weeks is too expensive and not environmentally friendly, this tradition was canceled. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ice skating during Christmas time! La Patinoire de Mériadeck will open its covered ice skating rink in a Christmas spirit with Santa Claus, games, dance and more.

When: until January 1st
Where: 95 cours du Maréchal Juin 33000 Bordeaux

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante 

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor, to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. While some items can be pricey, you can still find plenty of affordable pieces at this antiques market. The merchants are very nice and are open to negotiations. The brocante  is taking place until December 9. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

Brocante in Bordeaux

When: until December 9
Where: Place des Quinconces

Go to a classical music concert

If you need a more classic vibe on Christmas, attend the special Christmas concert by the National Orchestra of Bordeaux at the Auditorium of Bordeaux. Concert de Noël de Radio Classique, conducted by Paul Daniel will take place during three nights prior to Christmas, on December 20, 21 and 23. For the tickets click here.

When: December 20,21,23
Where: Auditorium de Bordeaux, 9 cours Georges Clemenceau, 33000 BORDEAUX

Discover Christmas markets in Gironde

Christmas is a great opportunity to visit other beautiful towns in Gironde in a more festive atmosphere. Most towns have their own Christmas markets and events, but I’ll just give you the noticeable ones:

Arcachon – The official Christmas market and accompanied activities will take place from December 15 to January 6, with an open ice skating rink on place Thiers. For more info click here.

Saint Emilion – A Christmas market will take place on December 8 at the l’UDP de Saint-Emilion (8 Haut Gravet, 33330 Saint-Émilion). For more info click here.

Cadillac – a Christmas market with creative workshops and activities for kids will take place December 15-16 on place de la République. For more info click here.

Celebrate new years eve on a boat

If you’re staying in Bordeaux on December 31 and looking for a place to celebrate new years eve, here’s an idea for you.. The Iboat in the Bassins à flot neighborhood is one of the coolest venues for concerts and parties in Bordeaux, and its new years celebrations have become a tradition. This year the theme of the electronic party is heaven and the dress code should be inspired by nature (you can take that wherever you want 🙂 ). Tickets are 29€ at the entrance, 25€ on pre sale or 18€ if you come before midnight. For more details click here.

When: December 31
Where: quai Armand Lalande, 33300 Bordeaux

These are my suggestions for things to do in Bordeaux in December 2018. Hope it’ll help you discover this city and to never be bored, even if you don’t love Christmas 🙂 If you like this post it would make me very happy if you share it with your friends on social media 🙂

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This weekend the Christmas celebrations will officially start  in Bordeaux with the inauguration of the Marché de Noël de Bordeaux and a few other alternative markets across the city. If you want to learn about the other markets taking place this month in Bordeaux, check out my top 10 Christmas markets list. But of course we’re not only about Christmas here, there are plenty of other events like the rum festival, the Well being Salon, a circus, the big Brocante of Bordeaux and more.

This is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (November 30 – December 2)

Rum Festival

This festival is the first big event in Bordeaux that is entirely dedicated to rum. While Bordeaux is mostly known for its wine, rum too has a long history in the city. The festival that will take place at La Grande Poste this weekend (December 1-2) celebrates the Bordelaise rum producers and merchants. Different masterclasses will take place during the festival, where you can learn to properly taste rum, match rum with food, mix rum cocktails and more. For more details and tickets click here.

If you want to learn more about the rum history of Bordeaux check out this super interesting post by Bordeaux Expat.

When: December 1-2
Where: 7 rue du palais gallien, 33000 Bordeaux

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.

marche de noel bordeaux

When: November 30 – December 30 from 10:30 to 21:30
Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Cabanes en fête

This is one of the most anticipated events in Bassins d’Arcachon. Cabanes en fête is the oysters and wine celebration taking place in Andernos-les-Bains on December 1-2. Come to the Bassins to discover its oysters and celebrate Christmas with concerts and plenty of activities. The program will also include cooking lessons from six big chefs, a music concert, a flash-mob dance, exhibitions, fireworks and more. For more info click here and for the full program here.

When: December 1-2
Where: Port Ostreicole, 33510 Andernos-les-Bains

The Bassins a Flot Christmas Weekend

If you look for alternatives for the traditional Christmas market head north to the Bassins a flot. This weekend (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.

bassins a flot

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. The market will also include a traditional touch such as food stands, hot wine and photo sessions with Père Noël (Santa Claus). You can see the full list of 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

International Animation Films Festival

Les Nuits Magiques is an annual international festival of animation movies taking place at  “Le Festival” cinema in Begles from November 28 to December 9. This is the 28th edition of the festival, which over the years gained a reputation in the animation and special effects world. The rich program includes plenty of events and activities for  both kids and adults: premiers of new movies, workshops, meetings with film creators and more. Check out the full program here and all the other details you need here.

When: November 28 – December 9
Where: 151 Boulevard ALBERT 1er, 33130 Bègles

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. This fall edition of the brocante will take place from November 23 to December 9. Although it’s quite upscale, you can find some fine antiques and vintage pieces at a bargain price. For more info and the list of exhibitors check out the website of the event.

When: November 23- December 9
Where: Place des Quinconces

The Salon Bien-être

The big Well-being Fair of Bordeaux will take place this weekend (November 31- December 2) at the Palais des Congrès. The event has 120 stands and  65 conferences all focused on different ways of improving the quality of life. The exhibitors are varied and come from all aspects of daily life: food, home decor, therapies and beauty. For more info click here.

When: November 31- December 2
Where: Palais des Congrès, Cours J.-G. Domergue.33300 BORDEAUX

Bonjour Sneakers

Great news for  sneakers addicts! This Sunday (December 2) a huge event all dedicated to sneakers will take place in Hangar 14. If you were looking for a special pair of sneakers or some cool accessories that goes with them, this is the event for you! Tickets are 13 euros and you can purchase them here. For more info click here.

When: December 2, 11:00-19:00
Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux, France

New children’s book presentation 

If you’re looking for a kids friendly activity in the center of Bordeaux, this is a nice one. Oriana Villalon is a young author who just published a beautiful kids book called “Lulu under the moon”. This Saturday (December 1) the painter Jean-Pierre Beyries will host her and the translator Pamela Ortega Joa (both living in Bordeaux) for a fun afternoon where they will present the book. If you’re looking for a nice Christmas gift, a beautiful book signed by the author could be a nice idea.  See more details here.

When: December 1, at 14:00
Where: 43 Rue Sainte-Colombe, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Open Doors in the Chateaux of Pessac-Léognan

I know I’ve been writing quite a lot about Open doors at different Chateaux lately, but this week it’s really close to Bordeaux and its a great wine so I thought you wouldn’t want to  miss the opportunity. This weekend (December 1-2) l’Appellation Pessac-Léognan is holding an open doors weekend with 34 chateaux hosting you for wine tastings, tours, gourmet food and plenty of activities for kids. Some of the participating chateaux are Château de LéognanChâteau Pape Clément and Château Haut-Lagrange , for the full list of Chateaux and more info about the open doors weekend click here.

When: December 1-2
Where: Bordeaux metropole (Check out the link above for the full list of events).

Free museums Sunday

Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museums day. You have a free entrance to all the public museums and to most exhibitions. Check out the full list of the museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.

CAPC Bordeaux
CAPC museum in Bordeaux

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 week a group of local talented craftsmen and artists will present their original creations. This weekend (December 1-2) the stands will include jewelry, kids clothes, graphic designs, furniture and more.

See more details here.

When: December 1-2
Where: 23 Rue Minvielle, 33000 Bordeaux

Cirque Pardi! is Coming Back

Cirque Pardi! is a modern circus whose shows combine a lot of dance and humor and are very entertaining for both kids and adults. This year they are coming back to Bordeaux for the second time with their show BorderLand, which gained a great success on their last visit here in 2015.  Cirque Pardi! will perform 15 shows from November 30 to December 22. The temporary circus will be located on Quai de queyries, just next to Darwin. For all the dates and tickets click here.

When: November 30- December 22
Where: 86 quai des Queyries, 33 100 BORDEAUX

Cirque de Noël de Bordeaux

If you’re looking for a family activity, the Christmas circus of Bordeaux will take place between December 1 and January 6. This impressive spectacle for kids and adults has more than 30 artists from 15 different countries. The shows will take place at the Hippodrome de Bordeaux in Le Bouscat. For tickets and more info click here

When: December 1-January 6
Where: 8 Avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

marché du carnet de voyage

A very inspiring event for travelers will take place this weekend (December 1-2) in Marché des Douves. Marché du carnet de voyage is a traveling literature event which allows you to travel through words into different places and cultures. Throughout the weekend interesting meetings with take place with writers, illustrators, cartoonists and travelers who crossed the world and came back with fascinating stories. For more details click here.

When: December 1-2
Where: Halle des Douves, 4 rue des Douves, 33000 BORDEAUX

Le Grand Bazar des Créateurs

The Garage Modere in the Bacalan district will hold a very fun and creative event this weekend (December 1-2) called the Big Creators market. Around 20 local craftsmen and creators of clothing, jewelry, leather goods, accessories, sewing and photography,  will offer their original products for sale. The event is free, for more details click here.

When: December 1-2
Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

Union Saint-Jean Xmas Market

Here’s one more Christmas market that didn’t make it to my list. The Union Saint-Jean organizes its own market this year, that will include stands of local creators, a vintage clothing sale, a dj set, a relaxation area (with massages), a workshop to create your own little Christmas tree, a food truck and a bar. The event will take place this Saturday (December 1), for more details click here.

When: December 1
Where: 97, rue Malbec, 33800 Bordeaux, France

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