Before we start with the weekend list, I want to take this chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a happy Hanukkah 🙂 This is the official Christmas season so you probably won’t be surprised that most events this weekend are Christmas related. But that’s the last one I promise 🙂 For those of you spending your Christmas vacation here in Bordeaux I added a few suggestions of things you can do that are not Christmas related. You can also check out my “Weekend in Bordeaux” guide with all the must-do and see in Bordeaux.
A traditional marionette theater
Guignol Guérin is the oldest family-run marionette theater in France. While their well-known show runs in the summer, the theater’s winter edition is only two years old and plays at the center of Bordeaux. Their traditional spectacle takes place in Théâtre l’Inox between December 26 and January 5. For more details click here.
When: December 26 to January 5 / Where: 13 Rue Fernand Philippart, 33000 Bordeaux
Cinderella at the Opera
The ballet of Bordeaux will perform a special version of Cinderella for kids, with the choreography of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The show will take place on Friday, December 27 at 15:00. You can purchase tickets here.
When: December 27 / Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux
Pintxo Gaua is a fun event taking place in Halles de Bacalan every last Friday of the month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. Finish your week this Friday (December 27) with Pintxos, some wine and a Dj set. For more info click here.
When: November 27, 18:30- 22:30 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux
Marché de Noël de Bordeaux
The last days of the traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will take place this weekend (December 27-29). 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: until December 29 from 10:30 to 21:30 / Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 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 daily until January 5 on Place Thiers. For more details click here.
When: December 14 – December 5 / Where: Place Thiers, Arcachon
Drôle de Noël in Talence
This year Talence celebrates the 10th edition of their Drôle de Noël, a big Christmas celebration taking place every year at the Peixotto Parc. Drôle de Noël will run until December 29 with different activities for kids. For more info click here.
When: December 20-29 / Where: Parc Peixotto, 33400 Talence
Noël à Langon
The city of Langon celebrates Christmas with a week of activities and free concerts. The festive week is taking place on December 21-29 in the city center. See the full program here.
When: December 21-29 / Where: City center of Langon
Exposition artisanale & Marché de Noël
Issigeac, a lovely little town in the Dordogne, celebrates Christmas with its traditional Christmas market from December 19 to January 2. For more info click here.
When: December 19 – January 2/ Where: Issigeac center
Mama Bordeaux / DJ SET & LIVE
This weekend Mama Shelter expands its Sunday DJ set & Live line to a Dj set weekend. Every evening from December 26-31 (not including December 30) one DJ is invited for a live set and a fun party. For more info click here.
When: December 26-31 (not including the 30th) / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux
Another fun event this Sunday is Mama’s Brunch. Mama Shelter invites you to its big buffet brunch which is a bit pricey (39 euros per person) but includes almost four hours of activities and artistic workshops for kids, so it’s like brunch with a babysitter :). For more details and the menu click here.
When: December 29 / Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux
Ateliers Light painting
This Sunday the Base sous Marine invites you to a workshop of light painting as part of the Light Painting exhibition that is currently being presented there. The workshop is free but you must register in advance. For more details click here.
When: December 29, at 15:00 / Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux
Atelier Enfants Vacances | Dali Et Ses Rêves Surréalistes
This Saturday (December 28) Institut Bernard Magrez will host a creative workshop for kids. The theme of the workshop is Dali and his surrealist dreams. The workshop is open to kids over 5 years old. For more details and registration click here.
When: December 28, at 14:30 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux
More things you can do while in Bordeaux
Explore the main market in Bordeaux
Capucins is the main market of Bordeaux and its a real treat for foodies with plenty of cafes, restaurants and stalls with local produce. If none of the events this weekend interest you, you can always spend your time there, sipping white wine with oysters from Arcachon. When heading there check out my article about the best places to eat at Marche de Capucins.
Eat the sweet specialties of Bordeaux
The Christmas weekend is a good time to discover the local sweets of the region. Bordeaux offers a variety of pastries and chocolates that you can find only in the southwest of France. If you want to discover these sweet spots you can follow my article about the sweet specialties of Bordeaux.
Discover the foodie streets of Bordeaux
Staying in foodie mood, you can also explore some of the foodie streets in Bordeaux. These are the places where you can find the best bakeries, coffee shops, cheese shops and more. They are not always on the tourist trail and not always easy to find and that’s why I decided to write an article about the foodie streets of Bordeaux.
Go to one of Bordeaux’s museums
Last but not least, if it’s too cold outside, going to a museum is always a good idea! Bordeaux has a great variety of museums, from street art to science and history, just choose one from my list of museums in Bordeaux.
That’s it for this year! See you all in 2020!!!