1- Dijon: Segway by night

view of dijon at night

Vue de la Tour Philippe le Bon by night © Office de Tourisme de Dijon 


Set off to discover Dijon on Segways: an original and fun way of visiting the historic center with family or friends.

Experience a magical ride at night that you will not forget... Your monitor is here to reveal the hidden historic center of Dijon with an unforgettable magical trail and illuminated treasures More info here.



2-  Rennes: Free sound and light show


night illumination concert

 © Nicolas Joubard  

This summer, the city takes back the night...Every night from mid-July to the end of August 2016, we invite you to the heart of Brittany's capital to join us on a fun-filled journey at the crossroads of poetry and light. 

With scenes projected onto the three main facades of the Place du Parlement in Rennes, including the Parlement of Brittany building, you will find yourself completely immersed in a sound and light experience. More info here.




3- Santon fair in Marseille

photos of the santons


Santons Carbonel, couple berger, © H.AUER

November – December 2016

In 1803, three "santoun" vendors set up their stalls on Cours St-Louis, giving rise to the Santons Fair... Could these women have known that their initiative would be become a tradition observed by generations of santon makers to come? The fair heralds the start of Christmas festivities and contributes to the bustling seasonal atmosphere.

This tradition is observed each year throughout December.

The private collections housed in the santon museum present this craft which is typical of the Provence region.
 More information here.


4- Tour de France Finish in Medieval Angers

photos of the santons



This medieval city is the place to catch the stage 3 finish (a 138-mile ride from Granville) for Tour de France fans with a penchant for history, too. More information here.


5- Strasbourg: The Capital of Christmas


photos of the santons

Noel © Philippe de Rexel

The oldest and largest Christmas market in Europe warms up this charming Alsatian town with glittering lights and holiday cheer.

November 25–December 31, 2016. More information here.


6- Amiens: Cathedral in colour

When night falls, the colors of Notre-Dame breathe life back into the figures sculpted in stone, dating back to the 13th century. The fabulous cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, invites you to take a unique look at its West portals.

December 1, 2016-January 1, 2017.


7- Lille: The Flee Market

The Braderie de Lille is one of Europe’s
biggest flea markets. Barter for local treasures from time-honored cutlery to furniture
and rare collectables.

September 3–4, 2016.


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