Discover the Annecy Christmas Market

0

The Annecy Christmas market is the most important event in town during Advent. During the whole month of December, Annecy puts on her most beautiful festive clothes with street lights and illuminations, animations for children, concerts, Nativity scenes, Christmas markets, and more to discover… Each year, a new theme sets the tone for the Christmas season. This is a good opportunity to discover Annecy from a new angle with the magnificent background of its lake and snow-capped mountains.


Discover the Annecy Christmas Markets

Annecy Christmas Market © French Moments

Annecy Christmas Market © French Moments

The Annecy Christmas Market draws some 450,000 visitors each year. The chalets are gathered in two locations: in the neighbourhood of the City-Hall in the old town and the ‘Village des Alpes’  next to the Courier shopping centre. In 2017 the guest of honour is Quebec. A number of events are organised in connection with the Canadian province and a Quebec-themed chalet can be found in the City-Hall Christmas market. 

The City-Hall Christmas Market

Annecy Christmas Market © French Moments

Annecy Christmas Market © French Moments

Found in the historic centre of the town, the City-Hall Christmas Market (marché de Noël de l’Hotel de Ville) gathers some 80 chalets selling regional craft items from Savoie, as well as alpine and French produce: tartiflette, cheese, gingerbread, nougat… The market spreads around the churches of St. Maurice and St. François de Sales (place Saint-François de Sales, quai du Semnoz, rue Saint-Maurice and quai Eustache Chappuis).

On a little square bordering the St. Maurice church are white wood chalets. They form the small village of the artisans. There you’ll find Santa’s House (la maison du Père Noël).

The Alps Village

Annecy Christmas Market by the Courier shopping centre © French Moments

Annecy Christmas Market by the Courier shopping centre © French Moments

On place François de Menthon, in front of the Courier shopping centre, the chalets of the Alps Village (Village des Alpes) offer local and gastronomic produce. In the middle of the square is an open-air ice-skating rink (more info here). This is there that stands the great Christmas tree of Annecy.

In 2017, the Christmas market will be open from 24 November to 7 January 2018. The 2018 dates are TBC.


Discover the Nativity Scenes of the Annecy churches

Nativity Scene Saint Francois de Sales Annecy © French Moments

The Nativity Scene at the church of Saint-Francois-de-Sales, Annecy © French Moments

The churches of Annecy house traditional Nativity scenes from mid-December to the beginning of January.

They can be seen inside the Cathedral, Église Notre-Dame de Liesse, Église Saint-Maurice and Église Saint-François-de-Sales.

If you visit the churches before Christmas Day, the Nativity Scenes will be incomplete! Infant Jesus is placed on Christmas night. The Magi are traditionally placed later, on Epiphany Day (6 January).


The projection show onto the City-Hall façade

Each year a video is projected onto the façade of the City-Hall featuring light animations. In 2017 the show is themed on “La Boîte à Souvenirs” (the memories box):

Light show on the façade of the Annecy City-Hall © French Moments

Light show on the façade of the Annecy City-Hall (2017 edition) © French Moments

The sound and light show lasts 12 minutes with an 8 minute interlude. From 24/11/2017 to 07/01/2018, everyday from 5pm to midnight.


A Christmas stroll in Annecy

A Christmas stroll in the streets of Annecy © French Moments

A Christmas stroll in the streets of Annecy © French Moments

At any season of the year I enjoy strolling by the canals of the picturesque old town of Annecy. At night time Christmas lights can be admired in various places in the old town.

At night time Christmas lights can be admired in various places in the old town. A favourite tourist spot is the Pont Perrière that offers a fine view to the Palais de l’Isle. Pont Morens is another beautiful spot and is Annecy’s oldest stone bridge. You can also have a general view of the River Thiou and the old town from Pont de la Halle.


About Annecy

A Christmas stroll in the streets of Annecy © French Moments

A Christmas stroll in the streets of Annecy © French Moments

Only a few cities in France can boast of being situated between a gorgeous lake and snow-capped mountains. Nicknamed “the Venice of Savoy” for the enchanting canals that cross an old town centre clustered at the foot of a medieval castle, or “the Rome of the Alps” for a past comprising Catholic influence challenged by Protestant Geneva, Annecy will never leave the visitors insensitive of its charm.

Annecy is nestled at the northern tip of Lake Annecy. The old town is located between the last slopes of Mount Semnoz to the south and Mount Veyrier to the north-east.

The most picturesque part of Annecy lies at the foot of the castle on the hill, a warren of lanes, passages and arcaded houses, below and between which flow branches of the Canal du Thiou, draining the lake into the River Fier.

The houses, surrounded by canal-side railings overflowing with geraniums and petunias in summer or Christmas lights in winter, are incredibly beautiful.

Find out more about Annecy and its surroundings here.


Annecy Christmas market: English-French Vocabulary

Annecy Christmas market © French Moments

Annecy Christmas market © French Moments

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • Alps = Alpes (f,p)
  • Advent = Avent (m)
  • castle = château (m)
  • chalet = châlet (m)
  • Christmas = Noël
  • Christmas Eve = veille de Noël (f) / réveillon (m)
  • Christmas lighting = illuminations de Noël (f,p)
  • Christmas market = marché de Noël (m)
  • Christmas Tree = sapin de Noël (m), arbre de Noël (m)
  • church = église (f)
  • Father Christmas = Père Noël (m)
  • holiday season = période de Noël (f), temps des fêtes (m)
  • ice-skating rink = patinoire (f)
  • mulled wine = vin chaud (m)
  • Santa = Père Noël (m)
  • square = place (f)
  • street = rue (f)

Did you like what you read? If so, please share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! 🙂

Christmas in Annecy © French Moments

Christmas in Annecy © French Moments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Share.

About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

Leave A Reply

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.