|English: Christmas Market on Saint Louis square, Metz, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
By Mihaela C Schwartz
Spending Christmas in France looks like a great idea, no matter if you are planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Nicely decorated cities, scenic locations, great wine, delicious cuisine, exciting opportunities for outdoor activities, well preserved traditions, charming Christmas markets and lots of things to do are waiting for you. Here are a few ideas of Christmas vacations in France.
Christmas in Avignon
Provencal traditions say that Christmas holiday season lasts 40 days. Therefore, you have more than a month to enjoy the festive mood that seizes the whole religion, to stroll through beautiful Christmas markets, hunting for souvenirs, to taste at least some of the 13 traditional Christmas deserts, and to drink some mulled French wine. If you are traveling with kids, they will certainly love the Christmas parades, the folk art workshops and the traditional dances.
Christmas in Lyon
Some say that it's better than Paris. Without agreeing or disagreeing, we can say that Lyon is just perfect for a family Christmas vacation. The city lights are almost as exciting as the shows put on in the City of Lights. The Christmas market in Carnot Square will simply seduce you. Open air skating rinks, traditional shows and a much quieter atmosphere is waiting for your in Lyon.
Christmas in Arles
Every year the Funny Christmas Festival (Dr�les de No�ls) seizes this Southern French town and fills its street with a festive atmosphere. If you want to be a part of these celebrations, Arles is the place where to spend your Christmas vacation. Tens of performances, music shows and other types of events will make the joy of all members of your family. What more would you want from a Christmas vacation? This holiday is dedicated to families and this is what Arles offers.
Christmas in Alsace
This French region famous for its wine production and wine tasting tours is the perfect choice for all those who want to discover the magic of this holiday and the Alsacian Christmas traditions. In Strasbourg, you can discover the oldest Christmas market in France. If you choose Mullhouse or Colmar, you will also have your share of twinkling lights and carols singing.
Christmas in Paris
Last, but not least, the French capital is the heart choice of romantic couples. However, with ice skating rinks scattered throughout the city and special events organized especially for the little ones at Disneyland Resort, you will find lots of rel=nofollow [http://www.thefreetravelguide.com/christmas-in-paris/]things to do in Paris during your Christmas vacation.
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