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Nancy and Eastern France

Nancy Christmas Market

They take Christmas quite seriously in Eastern France, especially St Nicolas, whose feast day falls on 6 December. 1 – 2  December 2018 sees the Festivals of St Nicolas (les Fêtes de Saint Nicolas). Since the Middle Ages, Saint Nicolas Day has been celebrated throughout Lorraine on 6 December in  Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, the pilgrimage in homage to the Patron Saint of Lorraine draws thousands of the faithful. St. Nicholas Day is a popular traditional feast day marked by live entertainment that thrills young and old alike. Floats, major parades and fireworks are designed in his honour, with a different theme each year based on the history of Lorraine.
In Nancy (54 Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine) over a hundred thousand people throng the streets to watch the show in honour of the Patron of Lorraine, Protector of Children.
In Nancy,  the Christmas Market runs for a whole month from – see latest datesNancy and the surrounding area is a treasure trove of rich architectural heritage in the form of Prémontrés Abbey in Pont-à-Mousson, Toul Cathedral and the basilica of Saint Nicolas-de-Port. In Nancy the romantic Old Town, the historic Ducal Palace, and Stanislas, Carrière and Alliance Squares, an iconic architectural collection that has been protected with World Heritage Site status for 30 years.

UNESCO World Heritage SiteNancy tends to be a little off the beaten track for visitors from the UK but could be well worth a visit, as the historic 18th Century city centre’s buildings are recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Centre. An elegant city, with classic 18th century architecture and boulevards.

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Nancy is only 1 hour and 30 minutes from Paris with the new TGV Est. Previous journey time 2 hours 45 minutes.

TGVYou can book tickets online for Eurostar, TGV, TGV Est and any destination in France – with Loco2,com

Hotel des Prelats, Nancy

Hotel des Prelats, Nancy

Hotel, B&Bs and self-catering in Nancy including the central Hotel des Prelats, an old Episcopal house dating from early 17th century and just 100yds from the Stanislas Place.