The Top Three Places in France to Spend Christmas
There is little that can beat the infectious anticipation that comes with the lead up to Christmas. Throughout Europe, villages, towns and cities adorn their buildings with gleaming decorations and fill their shops with mouth-watering seasonal delights. As Autumn becomes Winter the countdown to Christmas begins.
France is a truly magical Christmas destination. Whether you are after a dazzling festive city spectacle, a fairytale wonderland in snowy mountains or a milder but equally indulgent experience on the Mediterranean, then France is most definitely the place for you this Christmas.
In Paris, traditional Christmas markets are dotted across the capital from mid-November to early January. The city comes alive with the spirit of Christmas; streets are exquisitely decorated, department stores shimmer with fairy lights and vast twinkling trees whilst artisan boutiques are piled high with traditional fare including elaborate ‘bûche de Noël’, fois gras, game, cheeses, oysters, scallops, lobsters and langoustines.
Paris’ famous monuments are illuminated for the season and throughout the city you will find open-air ice rinks, funfairs, concerts and entertainment. Its world-famous Michelin starred restaurants are guaranteed to put on an exceptional Christmas menu. To be based right in the heart of the festive action, stay at the beautifully elegant Poincare Apartment, a stunning fully-serviced luxury apartment in Paris.
For a picture perfect, snow-clad Christmas scene there is no place more breathtaking than the French Alps. Head to the world-class ski destination of Courchevel 1850 for gorgeous snow-covered chalets, enchanting festive markets, spectacular firework displays, magical views, exceptional food and exclusive parties. Enjoy the experience of Christmas in the Alps whilst relaxing in an exquisite luxury mountain chalet with a blissful pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, roaring fire and extravagantly finished cinema room. Try Le Blanchot or Le Coquelicot for the height of luxury in Courchevel 1850.
If you would rather a balmier Christmas, then make your way to the pleasantly mild and often very sunny Côte d’Azur. Here you will find some superb Christmas markets including Nice with its myriad of glimmering wooden chalets, skating rink and dozens of champagne and oyster bars. Monaco’s swimming pool on the port is turned into a glittering ice-rink throughout the festive season. As the New Year beckons, head to one of St Tropez’s exclusive beach club parties. The Côte d’Azur’s magical festive atmosphere is simply unmissable.
There is nowhere better to soak up the winter sun and indulge in your own Christmas festivities than from the poolside of your luxury villa on the Côte d’Azur. Villa Water’s Edge and Villa Canoubwest are both magnificent luxury properties in exclusive private neighbourhoods of St Tropez. The stunning waterfront Villa Mas De La Rube is situated on the famous Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula whilst the ultra-sleek Villa Bayview perches high above the dazzling Bay Villefranche, both a stone’s throw from Nice.