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Christmas Traditions in Provence

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Christmas in Provence is full of traditions both ancient and new, religious and secular, making it a fascinating and fun time to visit this part of France.  Provence is such a popular summertime destination that it might come as a surprise to find out that it’s also wonderful in winter.  With mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine and so much going on, spending Christmas in Provence is truly memorable.

Here are some of the traditions you’ll find at Christmas in Provence.

Christmas Traditions in Provence
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Over the last couple of weeks we've been busy getting into the Christmas spirit "à la Riviera", going to Christmas markets in vineyards and villages, exploring medieval towns decked out with festive lights and enjoying the sunshine in Nice.  Here is a small selection of images from these visits.

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The Côte d'Azur is a great place to be for Christmas with plenty of fun, unusual and traditional events taking place throughout the festive period.  Blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, many of which fall over the Holidays, this is a lovely time to be in Nice and the surrounding area.  Here's a short list of 6 top things to do in and around Nice at Christmas suitable for families, couples and individuals of all ages.  And best of all my suggestions won't break the bank, most of them are absolutely free.

6 things to do at Christmas Nice France

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Christmas in France, what's it all about, is it any different to elsewhere and is there anything special to enjoy?  I've written about it previously describing how the build up is slow and calm even under normal circumstances, but this year we’ve had to contend with tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, the resulting state of emergency nationwide and potentially worrying regional election results as well, meaning it hasn’t been the most festive of times recently.  Add to this a sense amongst many expats that Christmas is “better” at “home” surrounded by familiar traditions, sights and sounds and rather than feel happy and excited many find themselves feeling low and missing home.Christmas in Nice France

Christmas decorations at the Opera House in Nice

In a bid to spread some Christmas cheer I decided to ask my blogging friends what they like most about Christmas in France. 

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