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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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