Discover the Reims Christmas Market

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Ideally situated on the forecourt of the famous cathedral, the Reims Christmas market has become over the years a significant event in Reims. Its 140 stalls attract more than 1.5 million visitors each year, making it one of France’s most popular Christmas events. 


Organised by “Les Vitrines de Reims“, the trading association of the city, the Reims Christmas market  takes place during the whole month of December, and offers a plethora of street lights, illuminations, animations for children, concerts, Nativity scenes, gourmet food stalls, a funfair, and many more… If you are staying in Paris for the season, this is a good opportunity to discover Reims and its beautiful cathedral as it only takes 45 minutes to reach the “Cité des Sacres” by TGV.


Reims Christmas Market

Location: Forecourt of the cathedral and adjacent streets.

Frédéric Leroux Reims

Christmas lights in Reims © Frédéric Leroux

The forecourt of the cathedral and the adjacent streets make an ideal location for the Reims Christmas market. Founded in 1996, the event has become one of the most popular Christmas markets in France. The 140 chalets of the christmas markets offer all sorts of goods and ideas for presents.

Frédéric Leroux Reims Christmas market

Reims Christmas market © Frédéric Leroux

Originally located on place d’Erlon, the market moved to its current location for the 2016 edition.

Open from 23 November to 24 December 2016.


The “Rêve de Couleurs” Light show at the Cathedral

Location: Parvis of the Cathedral

Frédéric Leroux Skertzò Reims

The show by Skertzò displayed on the façade of Reims cathedral © Frédéric Leroux

A breathtaking light show is taking place on the façade of the Gothic cathedral of Reims of Reims. The show gives back the colours to the rich statuary of the cathedral. Lasting 25 minutes, it was designed by Skertzò.


Other Christmas events in Reims

Apart from the Christmas market, the town of Reims hosts many more Christmas events, such as concerts, parades, children’s animations, exhibitions… without forgetting a funfair, a Ferris wheel and an ice-skating rink.


The Children’s Kingdom

Location: Courtyard of Palais du Tau

In the courtyard of the Tau Palace lies the “Royaume des enfants” (Children’s kingdom) with many free animations for kids. Activities include an automaton show, Santa’s chalet, a free ride on a little train and the Christmas rope course.


The Ferris Wheel of Christmas

Location: Place du Forum

Frédéric Leroux Reims

The Christmas Ferris wheel of Reims © Frédéric Leroux

The 42 metre tall Ferris wheel has become a Christmas tradition in Reims. It offers a nice view over the roofs of the old town of Reims and the Cathedral.


The Christmas funfair

Location: Hautes Promenades / Promenades Jean-Louis Schneiter

The Foire de Noël et des Rois gathers some 80 rides for young and old alike from the end of November to 2 January: pop balloons stalls, merry-go-rounds, children and thrill rides.


English-French Vocabulary

Frédéric Leroux Reims Christmas market

Reims Christmas market © Frédéric Leroux

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

  • Advent = Avent (m)
  • cathedral = cathédrale (f)
  • champaign = champagne (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)
  • Ferris wheel = grande roue (f)
  • funfair = foire (f)
  • holiday season = période de Noël (f), temps des fêtes (m)
  • mulled wine = vin chaud (m)
  • Rheims = Reims
  • Santa = Père Noël (m)
  • square = place (f)
  • street = rue (f)

French Moments would like to thank Frédéric Leroux for giving us the opportunity to share his photos on this page. You can reach Frédéric’s website here.

Visit the Tourist Office website of Reims.


 

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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.

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