The cold has now made its appearance over the last few weeks, reminding us that Christmas is fast approaching ! Cities begin to adorn themselves with their most beautiful illuminations as well as department stores start to show their first glimpse of the Christmas tree.

This is a great time to prepare a visit to a Christmas market ! A real end of year event, these markets bring so much happiness to the elderly and to the young ones and all ages in between !

A joyful family occasion to share together, walking and discovering or rediscovering local products, making last minute gifts or making the most of the bright lights and always the delicious fragrance of mulled wine !

Here is some advice of how to spend an enjoyable time whilst at the Christmas market !

These special moments are enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year ! So it’s necessary to plan, leave plenty of time if you intend to visit a Christmas market far from home or your Castel ! You can find discounted train tickets by booking them in advance or via the new low-cost lines such as OuiGo. If you travel by car and it’s not full, don’t hesitate to place an advertisement locally offering a seat and sharing the ride ! To avoid unpleasant surprises and difficulties of traffic circulation, on arrival, park your car a few kilometres away or in a secured parking lot !

Reims, Nantes, Metz, Mulhouse, Colmarar are well regarded for their « Christkindelsmärik »the market of Strasbourg takes place outdoors, generally situated in large public squares. Depending on the region, the temperatures can be quite pleasant ! But to fight against the cold,  dress warmly to avoid a change in the weather ! Equip yourself with down jackets, woollen scarves, hats and gloves therefore free to make the most of the stroll ! Naturally this doesn’t prevent you from warming yourself with a good glass of cinnamon flavoured mulled wine !

Finally, think of withdrawing cash before arriving at the market ! Even if most of the storekeepers are now equipped with credit card machines, it’s best to take some money ! The wall distributors at the market are often crowded so think about taking it out around the streets nearby !

Keep your eyes wide open and take advantage of this beautiful short-lived time of the year !