We had snow today!
Of course we have our fingers crossed for a White Christmas.
The Aix-en-Provence Christmas Markets have been open for a few weeks now.
This is our fourth Christmas here and I still can't get enough of this tradition.
But before we toured the markets we attended a Christmas Carols concert (in English) at the St Sauveur Cathedral. There were adult and children's choirs complete with ringing bells and candles for the audience.
The highlights for me were singing The Twelve Days of Christmas (everyone really gets into that one) and the 3 year old asking his father when we would be singing Gangnam Style. Hmm.
After the carols we enjoyed the magic of the markets.
This stall smells divine - ribbon-woven lavender
The book markets happened to be on at the same time (in the Hôtel de Ville square)
The Santon display:
(And buying a few more to round out my own collection)
The kiddie rides:
And of course the mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.
The Rotonde Fountain at one end of the Cours Mirabeau looks stunning in lights:
The shopping strip doesn't look too shabby either:
Speaking of shopping, how's yours going?
I need to get into gear. I've sent the Christmas cards and my handmade gifts are coming along well, but the shopping...not so much. There's still plenty of time, right?
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend (perhaps with some Christmas shopping)!