Christmas Markets & Events in Champagne-Ardenne in 2014

Champagne ArdenneA visit to Champagne-Ardenne is less than 3 hours by car from Calais, and an excellent opportunity to stock up on exquisite regional produce that make unique Christmas gifts, not to mention the excellent value champagne and wines from local producers.

See for more information and visit suggestions.

The World Nativity Scene Route (Le Chemin des Crèches du Monde’)

One of the trademark events of Christmas in Champagne, the ‘World Nativity Scene Route’ is an astonishing collection of crib scenes of all shapes, sizes, materials and origin, from hand-knitted scenes to historic hand-carved figures, all with their own unique charm.

The cribs are on show throughout December in and around the churches of 46 towns and villages between the coronation city of Reims, Epernay capital of Champagne, Châlons-en-Champagne and the historic town of Fismes.

The participating towns and villages also display Christmas illuminations and have a programme of festivities and events, such as Christmas markets, exhibitions and concerts, to delight and entrance the visitor. Below are some of the highlights. The full programme, including the dates and times of the animations, which vary from village to village, can be consulted in an online brochure at


Christmas Market (‘Le village de Noël’)

The Christmas market at Reims is the biggest in the region and also one of the largest in France with 135 chalets offering a range of gourmet products, arts and crafts and creative gift suggestions. This renowned market is held annually in the tree-lined pedestrian streets around Place d’Erlon and the city centre, all beautifully illuminated and decorated.

Open every day from end November to end December

11am – 7.30pm (9pm Saturday and Sunday , Mondays 2pm – 7.30pm

Christmas Funfair and Big Wheel

Funfair rides and attractions for the young and old and a big wheel for spectacular views over the coronation city will be set up in the boulevards opposite the railway station.

Children’s Kingdom & Ice Rink

An open-air ice skating rink and Santa’s Grotto will be popular attractions for children in the Place du Forum.  The children’s area has a programme of activities such as creative workshops and exhibitions, and there are also exhibitions and events for all ages to enjoy.

Monday: 2pm – 7.30pm

Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday: 10am – 7.30pm

Friday and Saturday: 10am – 9pm

International Craft Market (‘Village d’artisanat international)

Craft products on sale in the square in front of the town hall, with artisans coming from towns and provinces of Russia, Poland, Azerbaijan and Morocco, all places having special connections with Reims.

Every day from 29th November to 8th December

Monday to Friday: 3pm – 7pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 7pm


Habits de Lumières (‘Dressed in Lights’)

Now in its 14th year, Epernay’s annual Christmas festival explodes in a riot of light, colour and flavour over a 3 day extravaganza. Most festivities are based around the elegant villas of the ‘Avenue de Champagne’, housing some of the world’s most famous champagne producers.  Epernay is ‘dressed in lights’ with a grand opening event on Friday evening,  sound & light shows, tasting sessions, pop-up champagne bars, food demos from top regional chefs, music, fireworks and a truly impressive procession of vintage cars for the grand finale on Sunday.

See for details & times.

12 – 14 December 2014


White Christmas…Christmases from the East

In addition to the display of ‘cribs from the east’ in the Saint-Alpin church from 29th November to 31st December (2pm to 6pm), a programme of gastronomy, art, decorations, street entertainment, concerts and children’s activities is being organised around the town. ‘Father Christmas’ Theatre’ will put on free shows in the Place Foch on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, where visitors can also enjoy the automated advent window displays. The grand arrival of Father Christmas will take place from 6pm on Monday 23rd December. See for programme details.

Toy exhibition ‘Father Christmas has got big eyes’ (Le Père Noël voit grand)

Toy exhibition in the town hall

From 30th November to 31st December (closed on 25th December)

Monday to Friday: 9am to 7pm

Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 7pm

Craft and Gourmet Market

Stalls selling artisanal and gastronomic products will be set up in the town centre: Place Foche, rue de l’Hôtel de Ville,  rue de la Marne, rue d’Orfeuil and rue des Créateurs.

Open every day

Festival of light

A big procession and plenty of street animations will take place in the town centre from 5pm.

Saturday 14th December


Traditional Christmas Market

The historic setting of the Place Ducale is transformed into a traditional Christmas market with chalet stalls offering gourmet treats, regional produce, festive fare, and arts & crafts. Festive animations will take place every day with special activities on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, including the arrival of Father Christmas in his sleigh on 7th December.

Issued on November 19th 2014 on behalf of Champagne-Ardenne Regional Tourist Board by of Doug Goodman Travel PR.  Tel: 0208 614 1448


Posted from Pogny, Champagne-Ardenne, France.

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