Noël à Aix-en-Provence

Christmas in Aix en Provence

From 11 November 2023.


Late November, for our great delight, Aix-en-Provence adorns itself with Christmas clothes.

Christmas market on the Cours Mirabeau, 13 desserts market, clay figurines fair, bravado and vigils Calendale , Pastorale Maurel , kings’ walk, concerts, shows … Many events are planned for you to prepare and celebrate Christmas in Provence.

The illuminations will be launched on 1 December 2023 at 6pm at the top of the Cours Mirabeau.

Christmas Markets Aix-en-Provence

Fairs and Christmas markets

To taste all the Provence flavors during the holiday season, nothing’s better than the truffles, olive oil ( PDO Aix-en-Provence ) and 13 desserts markets.

Craftsmen and local producers present a multitude of products on their market’s stalls during Christmas

Do not miss the twin cities’ international market where the twin towns’ merchants , craftsmen and friends meet in Aix-en-Provence to discover their mutual cultural and gastronomic heritage.


Aix-en-Provence Christmas market • 15 November to 31 December 2023

Santons Fair • 17 November to 31 December 20232

International twin town market • 6 to 10 December 2023

13 desserts and local produce market • 16 to 24 December 2023

Truffle market • 20 December 2023

Activities and shows for children

Whether you want to entertain your children with a story or a show, have they meet Santa Claus or having fun on the rides, here is a program full of magic to spend Christmas.


The Christmas carousels • 11 November 2023 to 7 January 2024

The Father Christmas • dates non communiquées

Giant Christmas tree and Santa’s letterbox • 1 to 24 December 2023

Santons fair Aix-en-Provence

Nativity scenes and santons

What would be a Christmas in Provence without the Nativity figurines, these small clay figurines representing the Nativity scene in a Provencal village?

Do not miss our different Nativity scenes: the Santonniers ‘nativity scene on the Cours Mirabeau, as well as the one of the Oustau in the Parc Jourdan and the Fouque House.


Santons Fair • 17 Novembre to 31 December 20223

Mass of the Santonniers* and Inauguration of the Fair • 26 November 2023

Nativity scene of the Santonniers* • 9 December 2023 to 7 January 2024

Traditional Provencal nativity scene • 8 December 2023 to 7 January 2024

Nativity scene and table of the 13 desserts of the Maison Fouque • all year round

*Santonniers = Santon makers

Bravade Calendale

Christmas Provencal Traditions

Many rituals and customs punctuate the Provencal Christmas making it an authentic period full of wonder.


Sainte-Barbe • 9 December 2023

Christmas concert of the Tambourine Academy • 9 December 2023

Veillée Calendale • 16 December 2023

Christmas at the Chapel • 16 December 2023

La Bravade Calendale • 17 December 2023

Midnight mass in the Provencal tradition • 24 December 2023

March of the Kings • 14 January 2024

The Pastorale Maurel • 21 January 2024

Christmas concerts and events

Christmas concerts, a giant Christmas tree, merry-go-rounds and traditional shows are just some of the reasons to come and spend some time with family and friends in Aix-en-Provence.

All Christmas events around Aix-en-Provence