Foire aux Santons, until December 24, Mouans-Sartoux, Provence
The Provence region is famous for its “Santons”, hand-painted nativity scene figurines made out of terracotta.
You’ll find them at festive celebrations throughout the region, but at the fair in Mouans-Sartoux artists from all over France come together to showcase and sell their creations.
If you fancy displaying a traditional “Provençal crèche” this Christmas you'll find everything you need at the fair, from hundreds of accessories for the crib to books on the history and art of figurine making.
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Vaux-le-Vicomte celebrates Christmas, until January 6, Seine-et-Marne
Experience Christmas in a castle at Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Every year the chateau decks out its reception rooms, courtyards, outbuildings and French gardens with Christmas decorations, and this year's theme is Christmas toys.
As well as snow-covered Christmas trees and horse-drawn carriage rides around the garden, there will be authentic miniature trains, and traditional toys on display.
Visitors can also bring toys to donate to the Red Cross.
Marché de Noel, until December 24, Strasbourg
Despite what has happened Strasbourg Christmas market is undoubtedly the best in France and is perfect for a spectacularly festive experience with a range of events on offer, including music, craft workshops and activities for children alongside the usual stalls and food.
Of course, there are also loads more Christmas markets worth visiting across France too. Here is our pick of the best.
Photo: Village De Noel Paris La Defense
Les Foulées du Père Noel, December 21st, Sérignan, Hérault
Serignan’s Santa Run is a 2.5k course that you can run or walk as many times as you like.
More of an opportunity to partake in festive cheer than show off your sporting prowess, runners are not timed and prizes are awarded for the best costumes.
All entrants get a free, light-up Santa hat and drink voucher for a post-race mulled wine, hot chocolate or beer.
It’s free to sign up from 6 pm, and there will be DJs and music until 9 pm.
Christmas concerts in Paris’ churches
Churches across Paris will be offering some spectacular Christmas shows this month.
As well as enjoying traditional Christmas music at these concerts you can also take in the beautiful architecture of these magnificent old building at your leisure.
If you’re in the capital on Christmas day it's also worth taking a look at the traditional Christmas Concert at the gothic wonder, St. Severin.
Casse-Noisette, December 27th – January 10th, dates across France
The Russian National Opera is bringing Tchaïkovsky's festive classic The Nutcracker to theatres throughout France this winter. It promises to recreate the world of childhood with its dreamlike combination of dance and orchestral accompaniment.
New Years Dance Party, January 31st, Courcheval, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Spending the end of December in the ski station of Courcheval means you can attend free shows including the midnight dance party on the snow at New Year's Eve.
There will also be fireworks at midnight.
Courcheval. Photo: Courcheval website
New Year Fireworks, December 31, Cannes
Cannes annual new years fireworks display will be held on the Croisette at midnight.
Bain de Nouvel An, January 1, Trez Hir Beach, Brittany
If you’re looking to shake off a new year’s day hangover or just start 2019 with a splash, the Trez Hir swim in the sea could be for you. Sign ups, music and (much needed) group warm-ups start from 2 pm, before a dip in the sea at 3 pm. Medical certificates are required.
Swimmers at Trez Hir in 2005. Photo: AFP