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Joyoux Noel - Merry Christmas in FranceDouce nuit, sainte nuit !
Dans les cieux ! L’astre luit.
Silent Night in French & English

In parts of Northern France, Christmas arrives (as he does in Belgium) on St. Nicholas Day on December 6th when Père Noel, or Father Christmas, is known to deliver toys and treats to deserving good little girls and boys.

For most of regions of the country, French children can count on waking up on Christmas morning to find presents from Père Noel, but not before staying up late the night before for the main celebration — on Christmas Eve.

Buche de NoelThat's when homes or neighborhood restaurants are filled with friends and family celebrating the traditional le réveillon, or Christmas feast, usually consisting of lots of seafood appetizers followed by a big roast goose or turkey, all washed down with lots of good local wine or champagne. The evening may be topped off with a variety of French pastries, or the traditional Bûche de Noël, a rich and creamy yulelog cake.

Even in sophisticated Paris, the holidays bring out warm and friendly crowds to shop the traditional Paris Christmas markets in season throughout December.

Around the Web, find out what else goes into the making of a fine French Christmas with more on on holiday customs, sights, sounds, food and feasting ...

More information about Christmas in France around the Web:

The Francofiles Christmas in France Noel en France - Check out an extensive look at customs and traditions, including typical French Christmas decorations, menus & recipes, carol lyrics in French and English, photo gallery, word glossary.

Christmas Traditions in France and in Canada - Find colorful comparisons of Old World and New World French traditions with information on the Christmas creche, family celebrations, religious ceremonies and historical background from the Middle Ages and beyond.

Christmas shopping in Paris - Check out a beautifully illustrated overview of Paris Christmas Markets along with more on holiday shopping in Strasbourg and other cities.

The Best Christmas Markets in France - Check out the most popular Christmas markets and festive events happening this winter with photos and details on those in Paris, Strasbourg, Alsace, Menton and elsewhere throughout the country.

Noël à Strasbourg - Strasbourg Christmas Market - Discover a knockout Web site with all you need to know about France's best and biggest Christmas market including the complete December - January schedule of events, historical background, practical info and transportation, contact details.

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