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Seven fantastic Christmas Markets in Brittany

Posted by Luci Ackers on Nov 20, 2015
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There are some terrific traditional Christmas markets popping up all over France this time of year. It's impossible to list them all, but Brittany is known for its wonderful culture, so here are seven of the best ones located in this stunning region.

Rennes

As the capital of the region, Rennes is one of Brittany's more popular cities. Its historic centre features a number of interesting buildings and during the festive season it really goes all out with the market taking place right in front of the stunning 17th century Parlement de Bretagne. From the 23rd November you can expect to see the streets adorned with lights and traditional wooden chalets selling interesting gift ideas, handmade crafts, mulled wine and local tasty goodies.

St Malo

The port city of St Malo is popular for its city walls and ancient buildings. Though busy in summer, the winter sees St. Malo considerably less busy and an ideal spot for a relaxing winter get-away. Soak up the traditional Breton culture as you wander the old and beautiful streets, stopping off at the vendors' stalls of Christmas goodies. This year's Christmas market is taking place from the 21st - 23rd December and promises choral singing and a visit from Santa as well as around 30 stalls.

Brest

Another port town, Brest, is popular for its natural harbour which is nicely sheltered and full of history. The harbour is home to the large castle and is just a short way from where the Christmas market takes place each year. There are around 50 stalls which sell traditional food and various local products. Little ones can also enjoy different entertainment such as a miniature train ride with Santa and a little carousel. This one is taking place from the 27th November to the 24th December.

Locronan

For a very beautiful Christmas market, Locronan is your place. It is a pretty little medieval village with picturesque surroundings and each year the narrow streets are transformed for the festive period. Between the 5th December and the 3rd January, twinkling lights will adorn the houses and illuminate the windows; the town square is transformed into a little forest of fir trees and there will be around 30 stands selling mulled wine, local produce, handmade crafts and toys. You will be able to hear the Christmas songs drifting from the church and children can enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn cart or maybe even get to meet Santa Claus! The market will be taking place throughout the day and late into the evening.

Landerneau

Landerneau sits at the mouth of the river Élorn and one of its famous features is the interesting bridge, the Pont de Rohan which dates from the 16th century. This year the town is hosting its Medieval Christmas Fair on the 13th December and there will be an array of things to see and do including a parade of costumed characters from the Middle Ages and knights' tournaments on horseback.

Plobannalec-Lesconil

An authentic Christmas market of wooden chalets will be taking place on the 5th and 6th December on the Pont Plat in Plobannalec-Lesconil. There will be a selection of English and German specialities as well as local goods, decorations, music, shows, carols and entertainment. Things will be kicking off from around 11.00 and continuing into the evening.

Saint Goazec

For something a little different, Le Domaine de Trévarez hosts a great Christmas event each year throughout the festive period. The grand Château of Trévarez is located on the outskirts of Saint Goazec and sits amid stunning gardens. From the 21st November to the 3rd January there will be incredible light shows throughout the grounds, illuminating the fantastic architecture and leading you on evening walks along garden pathways. There are also exhibitions inside the stables and the castle itself. Take a look at the website here.

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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