6 wonderful places to spend Christmas in France

The atmosphere in France at Christmas is magical; most towns and villages are proud to get into the festive spirit. Each mairie (town hall) takes care of lights, decorations and even Santa Claus in the weeks running up to Christmas. Like the rest of Europe, the big day is Christmas Eve, when the family gathers for a grand meal and to open their presents. There is less of a commercial feel to Christmas in France and more of a feeling of community and celebration.

6 wonderful places to spend Christmas in France

The atmosphere in France at Christmas is magical; most towns and villages are proud to get into the festive spirit. Each mairie (town hall) takes care of lights, decorations and even Santa Claus in the weeks running up to Christmas. Like the rest of Europe, the big day is Christmas Eve, when the family gathers for a grand meal and to open their presents. There is less of a commercial feel to Christmas in France and more of a feeling of community and celebration.

The Joys of Christmas in France

Christmas in France is likely to be slightly different this year, but will still be a time of great celebration and gratitude. If this is your first since relocating, get ready to enjoy!

A place with a view of the mountains

When your home has a view of snow-capped mountains, it adds a touch of magic to the winter season. Throughout the year mountain areas provide a great place to get out into the fresh air and be surrounded by nature and stunning scenery.

Spanish food: a festival of flavours

Spain has wonderful beaches, architecture, climate and…food. Spanish food is approached in a distinctly different way from British food, with later eating times and more of an emphasis on home cooking, socialising and quality ingredients. Their love of food comes into its own at Christmas, when the main meal is shared on Christmas Eve.
Properties for wine lovers: Our top 10 European picks

Properties for wine lovers: Our top 10 European picks

Can you imagine anything more perfect than settling down on your garden terrace in Tuscany, the Loire or the Algarve, and opening a cool white wine from the local vineyard? Or maybe a local red, or two, for an evening with friends in your new holiday home in the Canary Islands or Alicante?