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Avignon (84 Vaucluse, Provence/PACA) holds its Christmas Market (Marché de Noël) in the Place d’Horloge (1 – 30 December 2023) – see

Then, on a December Saturday the square in front of the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignonwill also be the setting for a splendid Christmas pageant. The backdrop of the palace is always impressive and with Christmas spirit abounding this should be worth a visit and a diversion from Christmas shopping in the many specialist shops and boutiques which the city offers.

An amazing new event for everyone who wants to enter the legend of Father Christmas. A unique, magical performance in front of the Palace of the Popes, a thirty-minute show featuring special effects, giant sets, fireworks and beautiful lighting to tell a wonderful story which takes place in Provence. After the show, young and old alike can meet Father Christmas and his elves, who will be distributing hot chocolate, Christmas crackers and surprises.

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Velopop, Avignon

Avignon also operates its own City Cycle Hire Scheme – Vélopop

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Peniche le Hasard B&B, Avignon

Avignon, for some time capital of Christendom in the Middle Ages, retains the indelible mark of its grandiose destiny : the palais des papes (palace of the popes), the Saint-Benezet brigde, called the « pont d’Avignon » of worldwide fame through its commemoration by the song, and the ramparts constitute an exceptional complex of monuments listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. In addition dozens of churches and chapels, all remains of a past rich in history give the city its unique atmosphere.

Birthplace of the prestigious festival of contemporary theatre, European Capital of Culture in 2000, Avignon also has many museums, an opera house / theatre, an exhibition hall and a congress center with installations on the cutting edge of technology located within the outstanding premises of the Palais des Papes.

Only 2 hours and 40 minutes from Paris, one hour from Lyon and 30 minutes from Marseille by TGV (high speed train), Avignon offers numerous possibilities for sightseeing, activities and events, and also has plenty of attractive shops, places to discover Provençal cooking, local specialities and the Côtes du Rhône wines…

All the beauty of Provence is on your doorstep. Villages perched high up in the Luberon and the Alpilles, the wild Camargue, Roman towns, lavender fields as far as the eye can see on the plateaux of Vaucluse, the jagged peaks of the dentelles de Montmirail, foothills of Provence’s highest peak, the Mont Ventoux…
Enter the realm of seduction and charm that this animated Provençal city offers!

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Avignon also operates its own City Cycle Hire Scheme – Vélopop

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