Editor: Delphine Planchon
The Vieux-Port and the several districts of the city ensure that Marseille will be illuminated by colourful festivities for a month. The Christmas market on the Place Gabriel Péri and in the streets of Meilhan welcomes craftspeople and designers selling soaps, jewellery, biscuits, decorations, ceramics, candles, wooden toys... Numerous shows and entertainment enliven the city, including puppets, carousels, walking tours, storytellers...
A high point, the Foire aux Santons is one of the region’s most popular traditions. Since 1803, the oldest families in the Santons meet in the Place du Général de Gaulle to find rare versions of typically Provençal figurines, and traditional nativity scenes made in cardboard and cork... This fair is worth going out of your way for, and opens to the sound of tambourines and in the presence of folk troupes, following the Mass of the Santonniers, which is celebrated in the Provençal dialect at the Eglise des Réformés, at the top of the Canebière.
Foire aux Santons of Marseille
Mid-November to 31 December