​​France is one of the best places to be at Christmas time. You can enjoy the Christmas traditions in France visiting Christmas markets, walking along the illuminated streets and enjoying shows and spectacles. Spending holidays in France is an amazing experience and with the trains of Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation, you can travel very quickly and in a comfortable way to your destination. 

Here some of the French Christmas traditions.

The Christmas markets


One stand in a Christmas markets

One of the best activities through Christmas time is to visit some of the Christmas markets, which you can find in every main cities of France. There are thousands of stands in the streets offering an immense range of decorations. Here you will surely find the Christmas decorations of your dreams.​

Some of the most famous markets are:

​-PARISThe main Christmas market of France is located at the Defense district but the Saint-Germain-des-Près market and the one in Les Halles are also very spectacular and you should visit them too. 

-Other French cities with outstanding Christmas markets are Toulouse, Carcassonne, Avignon and Albi



Rooster´s mass

Even if France is considered as a laic country, one of the typical traditions is to assist to the Rooster’s Mass or “Messe de Minuit” during Christmas Eve. This is a little bit different since the Rooster’s Mass takes place before supper and not at midnight as in other countries such as Spain.  

Christmas gastronomy​


 ​The Foie-gras and the "Bûche de Noël"

The big Christmas feast is during the Christmas Eve’s supper. Each December 24, the families come together and the gastronomy gets a protagonist role. Some of the classic dishes are the exquisite and traditional Foie-gras, the roasted turkey and of course the “Bûche de Noël”, the typical French dessert for Christmas.

Père Noël or the Three Kings?

​Père Noël

The night of the December 24, kids leave their shoes in front of the chimney and wait for the Santa Claus’s arrival. Next morning, when they wake up, they will find their shoes magically filled with candies, and surrounded by presents. There is nothing better than seeing the happiness on the children’s faces!


Choose one of the destinations that Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation offers and enjoy the magic of Christ​mas!

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