Another very rainy and Christmasy weekend is ahead of us! This weekend’s list is super long with an endless amount of events so it’s gonna be fun 🙂 There is a free Christmas market (yes you heard it right, all the items are free), a big wine tasting event and plenty of Christmas markets all over the region. If it’s too rainy for a Christmas market you can always check out one of the museums in the city, just go to my article about the best museums to visit in Bordeaux. Or just go to my list of things to do in Bordeaux when it’s raining. If you want to see what else is happening in Bordeaux this December check out my December list. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (December 13-15).

Les lumières de la ville

Les lumières de la ville is a great chance to discover how Bordeaux’s monuments look at night. It’s an hour and a half biking tour that will start at Place Pey-Berland and will finish with Christmas drinks. On the way you will get to see the most important monuments and all the beautifully decorated little streets of Bordeaux. The event will take place on December 13 at 19:00, it’s free and open to all. For more details click here

When: December 13, at 19:00 / Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Taste the best French wines

This month you have a chance to taste some of the best French wines in one place at an event called “Bordeaux Tasting”. During two days (December 14-15) more than a hundred wine houses from Bordeaux and other regions in France such as Bourgogne, Rhône, Alsace and Loire will be there to present their best wines. The tastings will take place at different sites around Place de la Bourse. For more details click here.

When: December 14-15 / Where: Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Grande Gratuiterie de Noël 

This is one of the best events this weekend, and technically it should be in the Christmas list below, but I decided to highlight it here at the top of my weekend list. Grande Gratuiterie de Noël is a FREE market where you can bring stuff you don’t need and take whatever you like. It doesn’t have to be an exchange, you can just come and take some stuff for free! In the market, you’ll find plenty of clothes, books, accessories and plenty of other surprises. The free market will take place this Saturday (December 14) at Placette au droit des Allées De Munich. For more details click here

When: December 14 / Where: placette au droit des allées de Munich, Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

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 4-15. This is the 29th 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 you might need here.

When: December 4-15 Where: 151 Boulevard ALBERT 1er, 33130 Bègles

Un an déjà! La Boca t’invite à son anniversaire

boca food bordeaux

Boca, the fancy food market, is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend (December 13-14) with music, a disco party, good food and drinks and a big cake :). For more details click here.  

When: December 13-14 / Where: Euratlantique, Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

Grande Vente de Plantes et Sapins BIO Bordeaux 

A big sale of plants and organic Christmas trees will take place this weekend (December 13-16) on the Quai des Marques Bordeaux. Santa Claus will also be there with some surprises for kids. For more info click here

When: December 13-15 / Where: Hangar 15 à 19 – Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Casse-Noisette – Opéra National Russe

The Russain National Opera is arriving once again to Bordeaux with the classic Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker, or Casse-Noisette in French. Don’t miss this masterpiece of Tchaikovsky performed by one of the best ballets in the world. The show will take place on December 15  at the Arkea Arena in Floirac. For more details and tickets click here

When: December 15 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Vide Dressing d’Hiver Solidaire

A solidarity second-hand sale will take place this Saturday (December 14) in Jardin Botanique. The goal of the sale is to raise money for the Robins des Rues association that helps and supports people in difficult situations. For more info click here

When: December 14 / Where: 74 Avenue Thiers, 33100 Bordeaux


Christmas in 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.

xmasmarket darwin
When: December 13-15 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux 

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is taking place 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

Le Père Noël n’est Pas Une Ordure 

Christmas is a magical time but also one of the most polluting times of the year with a lot of plastic that ends up in the Ocean. This special event taking place every year in Bordeaux will give you tips on how to spend a more environmentally responsible Christmas. The event will take place this Saturday (December 14) at the Eco-village de Noël that will be located on the promenade in front of  Quinconces. For more details click here

When: December 14 / Where:  Placette au droit des allées de Munich, Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Noël aux bassins: Fabrique ta déco de Noël !

A fun workshop where kids will make their own Christmas tree decorations will take place this weekend (December 14-15) in Cap Science. Parents and Grandparents are also invited! Take a look at the hours and prices here

When: December 14-15 / Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Marche De Noel Du Bouscat

The official Christmas market of the le Bouscat neighborhood will take place this weekend (December 13-15) in Parc de l’Ermitage. The big market will host more than 50 stands and activities for kids. For more info click here

When: December 13-15 / Where: Parc de l’Ermitage, le Bouscat

Carrousel de Curiosités – Marché de créateurs – Edition d’Hiver

Le Carrousel de Curiosités is a creators market taking place every year at the Garage Modern in Bacalan. The event will take place this Saturday (December 14). For more details click here.

When: December 14 / Where:  1 rue des Etrangers, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël du Fleuve

If the traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux is a bit too crowded for you, there’s a nice alternative at the riverfront. For three weeks (December 6-24) the Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux is hosting the annual Marché de Noël du Fleuve with 20 craftsman stands, each one making unique handmade objects you can buy as Christmas presents. For more info click here

When: December 6-24 / Where: Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux, Quai Richelieu, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Noël Finlandais

Here’s a nice change of scenery. Chateau Carsin invites you this weekend (December 14-15) to celebrate the Finish version of Christmas with special Finish hot wine and other specialties. You also get to taste all the wine of the chateau. For more details click here

When: December 14-15 / Where: 197 Route des Côtes, 33410 Rions

Noël à la Ruche des Chartrons

La Ruche des Chartrons, the local farmers market, will transform into a Christmas market this weekend (December 13-15). For more info click here

When: December 13-15 / Where: 34 Cours Balguerie Stuttenberg, 33300 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

G’M Noël

The town of Gujan Mestras will celebrate Christmas this weekend (December 14-15) with a Christmas market and activities for kids. The events will take place on Place de la Claire and Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. For more details click here

When: December 14-15 / Where:  Place de la Claire and Place de l’Hôtel de ville, Gujan Mestras

Marché de Noël à Sarlat 

If you’re in the mood to travel a bit this weekend, 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

Eymet Foire de Noël

Here’s another Christmas market in Dordogne but much closer to Bordeaux than Sarlat. This Saturday (December 14) Eymet is holding a night Christmas market with more than 50 stalls, lights, food and activities for kids. For more info click here.

When: December 14 / Where:  the center of Eymet

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely 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 to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

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