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Eight of the best winter experiences in France


1. Visit the Fête des Lumières


France has masses of nice festivals, each summer time and winter, however for our cash the best one to go to in the winter is the competition of lights in Lyon.


The four-day competition options greater than 40 totally different mild installations unfold round the lovely historic metropolis of Lyon to create a magical night time time stroll. There are stalls throughout the place promoting sizzling wine and sizzling chestnuts when you want warming up and lots of of the metropolis’s wonderful eating places do particular offers and particular menus throughout the competition. 


This yr the competition runs from December fifth – eighth. Find out extra right here.


2. Go snowboarding


There’s a cause that France’s ski resorts are well-known and that is as a result of they provide some of the best ski slopes in the world. Great for a vacation however when you’re a resident you may as well take a less expensive day journey. 


From the huge names of the Alps like Courchevel and Chamonix to the typically cheaper resorts of the Pyrenees there’s something to swimsuit each finances and talent degree. And when you’re not that assured on skis, why not attempt show-shoeing or tobogganing whereas your friends full death-defying mountain stunts?


READ ALSO 15 cities in France which might be excellent to go to in winter




Warm your self up proper right down to your toes with a vin chaud. Photo: AFP


3. Drink a vin chaud 


In some international locations mulled wine or Gluhwein is only a Christmas factor, however the French very sensibly determined that it is too good to limit to only a few weeks and as soon as the temperatures drop vin chaud (sizzling wine) is on sale in hundreds of bars and cafés.


It’s additionally typically accessible at sports activities matches, offering the excellent factor to heat the cockles of your coronary heart as you stand on a freezing terrace cheering your staff on.


Or you would of course make your personal at residence – there’s heaps of totally different recipes however wine (often crimson however not all the time) cinnamon, sugar, star anise and orange or lemon zest are the staple components, plus a slug of cognac or different spirit if you wish to make it extra particular.


4. Visit a Christmas market


Not a particularly French factor, of course, however the French do give good market and Christmas isn’t any exception.


Probably the most well-known market is in Strasbourg, which actually goes all out for Christmas. This yr its market begins on November 22nd and runs till December 30th – discover out extra right here.


But most locations have some type of market, from the huge cities like Paris and Bordeaux to a lot smaller locations you’ll be spoiled for selection in terms of discovering someplace to choose up unique Christmas presents, go and go to Santa and get your fill of seasonal treats. For a really basic small city market in a stunning setting, head to Castres in Tarn.




Strasbourg proudly declares itself the ‘Christmas capital’ and to be truthful it’s petty particular. Photo: AFP


5. Eat a fondue


With some mountainous areas that endure lengthy chilly winters, France has give you some wonderful winter-warmer dishes, many of which contain cheese. Tartiflette and raclette are good, however the daddy of all of them is a fondue.


Stock up on a crisp dry white wine and lots of Comté, Beaufort, Emmental, Appenzell or Gruyere to soften and put together for an evening to recollect.


READ ALSO The six best French winter dishes made with cheese


6. Hit the gross sales


Sales are strictly regulated in France with simply two instances a yr when outlets slash costs, so cut price hunters should be prepared. This yr the winter gross sales begin on January eighth and final till February 4th (with a pair of regional exceptions, extra particulars right here).


7. Ice skate below the Eiffel Tower


There’s all the time lots on supply in Paris at Christmas time and whereas this expertise is likely to be a bit of a cliché that”s no cause to not get pleasure from it.


Go skating in the le Grand Palais des Glaces below the Tower then share a kiss below the Christmas lights with that particular somebody in your life (and even somebody you’ve got solely simply met fairly frankly, Christmas lights and vin chaud can have fairly an impact on some individuals).




The ice rink below the Eiffel Tower is returning on December 13th. Photo: AFP


8. Eat an oyster


Slightly controversial one this, however in France it would not be Christmas with out an oyster and you will notice them piled excessive at Christmas markets, gala’s and occasions. 


 

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