Marché de Noël – Christmas Market

Holiday photos featuring local, artisanal products at a local Christmas market.

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Singing bear

Singing bear

Traditional santons

Traditional santons

Santons are small colourful hand-made Christmas figures part of a typical French Nöel crèche (Christmas Nativity scene), made in the South of France. The idea was started by an artist in Marseille and quickly spread through Provence and Languedoc Roussillon. The traditional nativity scene includes figures representing the characters from local village life such as the baker, the fisherman, the butcher, the blind man, the shepherd, the parish priest, the flower seller, the storyteller and the chestnut seller, etc. Typical santon scenes include musicians and dancers who dance the farandole with joined hands. There are two types of Provençal santons: santons d’argile (hand-painted clay figures) and santons habilles (figures dressed in real clothes and carrying real baskets, lavender, fishing nets etc).

Source: Posterous Space

Unpainted santons

Unpainted santons

Products from Alsace

Products from Alsace

Madame Fee/Fairy

Madame Fee/Fairy

foie gras sandwich

Foie Gras

Foie Gras

Chestnuts

Santa balloons

balloons

buche de noel 2

buche de noel 1

poster

poster 2

Holiday pudding cake

Holiday pudding cake

(Above photos are mine)

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Mots Croises de Noel (Christmas Crossword Puzzle)

Try your hand at this Christmas French vocabulary puzzle – I had to do it to get the answers (posted below).

Bonne Chance!

Source: http://www.claudel.org

ANSWERS:

1-traineau
2- crèche
3-cheminee
4-etoile
5-reines
6-lutins
7-bœuf
8-sapin
9-decembre
10-fete
11-annee
12-cadeau
13-nuit
14-reveillon
15-calendrier
16-ruban
17-ange
18-carte
19-dinde
20-guirlande
21-bougie
22-boudin
23-givre
24-nœud
25-decorations
26-marrons
27-cadeau
28-lumiere
29-veillee
30-buche

And so, this is (was) Christmas…

The holiday season is always a fun time of year, and Nice certainly get dressed up in her finest.

Here’s what year 2011 Christmas looked like around the town:  featured are Place Massena with the annual Christmas village, Place Garibaldi, and the Promenade des Anglais.

Lyrical music:

Non-holiday Nice: