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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