Winter is the perfect time to visit Provence, especially Aix.
Christmas in Provence
The Christmas season is called “la calendale”, it begins with the fete de la sainte barbe on the 4 th of
December where you can find packets of wheat to grow in your kitchen. There are supposed to bring
you money for the New Year.
The Christmas traditions in Provence are truly magical. Aix is entirely decorated with lights and there is
a Christmas market on the cours Mirabeau which last one whole month. You can find everything from
hot wine, churros, local beer, and plenty of barbe a papa, to Christmas decorations to put in the
Christmas tree and gifts to put under the tree. Also plenty of rides for children!!!!
That is also the season for the black truffle and you can see a lot of those in the local markets.
That is the time of the olive harvest and olive festivals are held on local markets. The young olive oil
freshly pressed is truly delicious, and make a great gift to bring back!!!
The sea also participate to this festival of taste, the sea urchins are harvested and many sea towns hold
Saturday or Sunday events to enjoy.
The best for Christmas is the tradition of the 13 desserts for the Christmas meal. There is usually
calissons, a speciality from Aix, a lot of fruits confits, almonds, oranges, la pompe a huile, which is a cake
baked with fresh olive oil, pates de fruits…..
A lot!!!!! The Alps are close by and many ski resorts are well equipped for alpine skiing, cross country
skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snow shoes walks, and also many restaurants and cafes with hot
chocolate, perfect for after skiing. They provide lessons for adults and children and many speak English
Visit of villages
That is the perfect time to visit them, you can enjoy the scenery without the crowd. You can also tour
the region and you could make some wonderful pictures of lavender fields covered with snow!!!
There are plenty of villages around Aix like Lourmarin, les baux de Provence, l’Isle sur la sorgue, Carry le
rouet, Saint remy de Provence, La Ciotat…..