DATA: 15 and 16 December 2018
PLACE: Provins, France
Celebrate an unusual Christmas. This is what awaits you, visiting the Christmas Medieval Provins. It is one of the most incredible and spectacular events of the Christmas period. An unusual and alternative way is traditional markets.
The frame is really fantastic and suggestive. Provins, in fact, is a wonderful medieval town, south-east of Paris, a world heritage site. UNESCO emphasized the importance of the city from a historical and artistic point of view.
The city is famous for its medieval fortifications, long 1200 meters with 22 towers, built between the 1226 and 1314. And, many, are the monuments and sites of interest.
Imagine a frame like that, beautifully lit up for a party. And then, decorations, trees, living nativity, fantastic trains, icy slopes ... That's why the medieval Christmas Provins is a truly unique event, not to be missed. The beautiful village, opens the doors for one weekend in December: get ready for two fantastic days full of magic.
MARCHÉ MÉDIÉVAL DE NOËL
Organized by the Gardes-Foires de Champagne association, it is the traditional market that takes place in the upper part, at Place du Château and place St-Quiriace. About 40 artisans will make you travel in time. Sale of medieval objects. Traditional dances of the Middle Ages. And, again, jugglers, storytellers, spit-fire and much more. For the whole family.
FREE ENTRY. Saturday 15, from 11: 00 to 23: 00; Sunday 16, from 10: 00 to 19: 00.
CRÈCHE VIVANTE DE SAINT-FRANÇOIS D'ASSISE
In the beautiful Collégiale St Quiriace, this beautiful living nativity will make you relive the history of the nativity. It tells the story of St. Francis of Assisi who accompanied his father to the famous Foires de Provins and who was the first to represent the nativity in the 1223. The second part, instead, recalls the foundations of the Christian era. Besides 50 actors, figures, the ox, the donkey, the Three Kings ... and the traditional Christmas carols.
FREE ENTRY with visitor number limited to capacity.
TIMETABLE: Saturday, 14: 00, 15: 15, 16: 30 and 17: 45. Sunday, 14: 30, 16: 00 and 17: 30.
SANTA CHRISTMAS STEAM TRAIN
Climb aboard a fantastic and incredible steam locomotive in a historic journey and an authentic ... journey through time. A unique opportunity to discover a collection of steam locomotives, wagons and vehicles that represent a century of evolution. The route starts from Rotonde de Longueville and follows the Longueville-Provins route. Appointment rather awaited by children and adults.
Only one departure is planned, on Sunday 10 December. If you want to participate, as the number is limited, reservation is required. on the official website.
At 13: 30, departure from Gare de Provins, returning at 17: 00 from Villiers St Georges. The adult rate of leaves and returns is 25.00 €. Children from 6 to 11 years, pay the reduced rate of 50%. Free for children up to 5 years old.
MARCHÉ DE NOËL EN VILLE BASSE
These are the traditional markets of the lower part of Provins. You will find a wide range that ranges from objects to gastronomic products. Over thirty stands including buying bijoux, decorations, and culinary specialties such as crêpes, belgian gaufres, hot wine and more.
The street markets take place at the Place du Marechal Leclerc, and on the streets of the center, from Friday from 14: 00 and throughout the weekend. Saturday and Sunday, you will also find shows and lots of entertainment, along with traditional Gourmand markets.
OTHER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
The rich calendar of the Provins Medieval Christmas does not end here. Among the many events and shows on the bill, there is the Advent Calendar a Parthur du Center Culturel et sportif Saint Ayoul. Present, of course, Santa Claus, to which children can leave the inevitable letter. Expected a lot of musical animation. The show only takes place at 17: 30, on the following December days: 08-12-14-15-16-19-22 and 23. Free entry.
Do not miss CONTES A LA CESAR TOUR, news of the 2018. Recite, stories, music and lots of animation in a show of legends and Christmas myths ... with surprise!
TIMETABLES AND PRICES. Saturday 15, and Sunday 16, from 11: 00 to 18: 00. The ticket costs 4.80 € for adults and 2.80 € for children from 4 to 12 years.
Another great novelty of the Christmas Provins 2018, will be the FORÊT MAGIQUE AU CENTER AQUATIQUE. You will find Santa Claus in an enchanted submarine forest, set up outside the pool. Appointment at the Center Aquatique de Provins, in 51, Route de Nanteuil.
TIMETABLES AND PRICES. Saturday from 18: 00 to 20: 00. The ticket costs 4.70 € for adults and 2.90 € for children from 3 to 14 years. The price for children, including photos with Santa, is € 4.75.
Naturally, every Christmas place, to be such, must have a fantastic post to skate. For your Christmas Medieval Provins, you can have fun at the Cultural and Sports Center of Saint Ayoul, where, for three weeks, you can skate on a natural ice rink of well 420 square meters. The track is open for an entire month, from the 07 December 2018 to the 06 January 2019, from the 10: 00 to the 19: 00. On Saturday, the closure is postponed to 21: 00. The price, including skating hire, is € 5.00 for adults, and 4.00 € for children up to 12 years.
HOW TO GET
Provins, is just under 100 kilometers from Paris. The best way to reach the small town of Ile-de-France, from Italy, is by plane through Paris. Once you have landed at the Ville Lumiére, you arrive in Provins by car or train. From Paris, Gare de l'Est, trains leave for Provins every hour. The journey takes about 80 '. For all the info on how to get to Paris, the official guide of Kanoa from this link.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Given the short distance, if you were on holiday in Paris, you can safely consider spending an entire day in the city and returning to the French capital. In this case, you can choose your structure directly from this link.
Alternatively, you might consider spending at least one night in this fascinating and charming medieval city. From this link, you can find your property at the best price. Keep in mind, however, that the weekend of the event availability is really limited, and prices quite high.