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Metz – Christmas Markets in France

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Dates: 20th November 2019 – 5th January 2020

  • Place Saint-Louis 
  • 11.00 – 20.00 (21.00 Fri + Sat)
  • 10.00 – 20.00 Sunday
  • Centre Saint-Jacques
  • 10.00 – 19.00 every day
  • Place Saint-Jacques 
  • 11.00 – 20.00 (21.00 Fri + Sat)
  • Sunday 10.00 – 20.00
  • Place d’Armes 
  • 11.00 – 21.00 (22.00 Fri + Sat)
  • 10.00 – 21.00 Sundays
  • Place de la Préfecture à Metz 
  • 17.00 – 20.00 Mon – Thurs + Sundays (21.00 Fr + Sat)
  • 14.30 – 22.00
  • Place de Chambre
  • 11.00 – 20.00 (21.00 Fri + Sat)
  • 10.00 – 20.00 Sundays

In Metz, the Christmas market held in the heart of the historic quarter is one of the end-of-year shopping events in Lorraine definitely not to be missed. During the month of December, the historic city centre is transformed into a village with over 80 pine wood chalets of different colours and a crèche. A magical, marvellous location which attracts many visitors with its fairy-like and friendly atmosphere, its Christmas decorations, Father Christmas, carols, Christmas music, mulled wine and much more.

Saint-Nicolas Procession

As Christmas approaches and the Christmas Market is set up in Metz, tradition dictates that the good Saint Nicolas will come at the beginning of December to reward the well-behaved children by giving them sweets and other treats, while the evil Père Fouettard deals with those who have been naughty.

Lighted walk – in December

Each year, one Saturday in December, more than 10,000 walkers take to the roads of Metz to discover the lighted monuments and the Christmas markets. The 10km-long circuit, which has been organised since 1993, assembles walkers from France and from Europe (Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands amongst others) all eager to join in the friendly, warm atmosphere of this event.


Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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Christmas Recipes

Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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Discover all you need to know about the history of Silent Night, the Lyrics and listen to Silent Night

Discovwer all about St Nicholas. Find out who he was, how he become a saint and why he is associated with Christmas. Discover St Nicholas here

Find Puzzles, word searches, letters to print of for Santa plus much more here, in the Kids Corner

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