I always love visiting towns during the Christmas season, and even in the South of France they are all dolled up. Like every year, I try to go and see three of my favourites: Montpellier, Béziers and Narbonne. I hope this article will inspire you to go yourself if you’re around. If not, it might help to virtually bring you to the South of France.
In Montpellier, ‘Les Hivernales‘ is installed across the city from November 24 to January 2. Like every year, the Place de la Comédie is the beating heart of the celebrations with an illuminated Christmas landmark. This year, a huge wrapped present brightens up the square. On the nearby Esplanade Charles de Gaulle you will also find a festive market. Numerous local artists and crafters sell their unique goods at more than 90 stands, including plenty of activities for the kids. From the Place de la Comédie, the beautifully decorated streets of L’Écusson will bring you to the Promenade du Peyrou. Some magical scenes will give you the Christmas spirit, and children can post their letter to Santa Claus in a special post box.
Office de Tourisme, 30 Allée Jean de Lattre de Tassigny
Every year it is a big surprise how Béziers dresses up for Christmas. The city takes great care in transforming the historical city centre into a Winter Wonderland. In my humble opinion, they have succeeded again this year. You can visit the decorations and illuminations from November 27 till January 9. They are mainly scattered around the Place Jean Jaurès, including a giant Christmas tree at the feet of Paul Riquet’s statue. This year, there are also many other events, like several Christmas parades and bands, a sound and light show at the Place de Mairie, the musical fountains and the Place Jean Jaurès, a funfair at the Allées Paul Riquet, and more. Here you can read the complete program.
From December 4 to January 2, charming Narbonne turns into a magical Christmas destination during ‘Les Féeries de Noël’. This includes a joyfully decorated Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, a Christmas market with a small ice rink on the Cours de la République and a funfair at Cours Mirabeau. As every year, the tower of the Palais des Archevêques is decorated like a giant present. The Jardin de l’Archevêché shows a sound and light show, and the Place du Forum is the home of automated puppets that perform Christmas scenes. And when night falls, all the lights shimmer and shine even more. Narbonne has also organised other events, which you can read about here.
Office de Tourisme, 31 rue Jean Jaurès