South Of France Travel- Winter Festivals in Provence

?Only Provence, a leading luxury villa rental company in Provence has published a list of up-coming Winter Festivals for those traveling in Provence, South of France.

Only Provence, a leading luxury villa rental company in Provence has published a list of up-coming Winter Festivals for those traveling in Provence, South of France

The weather may be crisp, but it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy winter festivals and celebrations in a region so full of tradition and culture.  From mid-October through all of November, villages throughout Provence host the Festival des Soupes, when locals prepare delicious soups from traditional recipes handed down from generation to generation. During the event, the soups are evaluated by a jury and then visitors are invited to taste.

Truffle fans won’t want to miss the Carpentras Truffle Festival. On Friday mornings from November 15, 2014 to March 15, 2015, find beautiful, aromatic black truffles harvested from the slopes of Mont Ventoux. 

Aficionados may also want to visit Pernes les Fontaines Truffle Market on January 25, 2015 for truffle tastings, truffle searching demonstrations, and an array of truffle products.

Provence kicks off holiday celebrations on December 4th, Saint Barbe Day, and continues through February 2nd, Candlemas. This period is called Calendale.

Santons, tiny clay figurines depicting the Nativity scene, are part of the Provencal holiday tradition. Santon fairs and exhibitions begin as early as November and are held through the first part of January. Find great gifts, enjoy Provencal culture and musical performances.

The Santons Fair in Marsielle starts on the last Sunday of November and goes through December 31st.

The Aix Santons Fair begins November 20th and runs through December 31st in Aix en Provece, and Sorgues hosts the Santons and Crafts fair November 22 – 23, 2014.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a favored village among visitors to Provence, it is known for festivities during the holidays.

Nocturne de Noël takes place in early December, when the town’s holiday lights are all switched on. Shops stay open late and live music plays.

The Christmas Market, Le Petit Marché du Gros Souper, offers crafts, santons, Christmas caroling and all the ingredients for the Gros Souper, or big dinner, and the thirteen desserts traditionally eaten in Provence on Christmas Eve. The 2014 market will be held on December 21st – 23rd.

The Mimosa Festival is held for ten days each February celebrating the beautiful, yellow mimosa flower with decorated floats, music and street entertainment. Explore a mimosa forest, learn about the plant’s cultivation, or visit a perfumery to see how the mimosa fragrance is captured in a bottle. In 2015, the festival takes place from February 18 – 25 in Mandelieu.

The Lemon Festival in Menton, February 14 – March 4, 2015, features giant designs made exclusively from citrus fruits as well spectacular floats decorated with oranges and lemons.

And while not exactly a festival, stores in France are only legally allowed to hold sales twice a year, in January and July.

“Many of our clients love exploring the South of France during the year end holidays , this is a fantastic alternative to the busier summer season, said John Dean, president of Only Provence villa rental company.  The weekly price of luxury villa rentals in Provence are very attractive at this time of the year.”

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