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Diary - December 2016

Monaco Jazz Festivalpuce Monte Carlo Jazz Festival
A brillant programm with  Al Jarreau, Wayne Shorter, Manu Katché, Richard Bona, Ibrahim Maalouf, Madeleine Peyroux, Robert Charlebois, the duet Malia & André Manoukian, among others.
November 24th - December 3rd

Tous Courts Movie Festival in Aix en provencepuce Festival Tous Courts
in Aix en Provence Area

High place of discovery and defense of the young creation, the festival is the place to be. Its reputation of revealing the young talent has now become obvious.
November 28th - December 3rd
Shepherds Fair in Istrespuce Shepherds Fair in Istres
Istres revives the traditions of Provence with the help of shepherds, the evening meal, the craft fair and the parade of transhumance in the grand finale in downtown.
November 19th - December 4th
Literary Encounters in Cannespuce Les Rencontres de Cannes
This is the theme of duality that will be the theme of these meetings on three disciplines : Literary Encounters (9th to 11th), the Encounters Cinema (11th to 17th) Encounters - Debates (16th to 18th)
December 9th - 18th
Truffles markets All set for the truffle season
The markets are open from November to March (mornings) :
Richerenches : Saturday starting 19 Nov
Carpentras : Friday starting 18 Nov
Aups : Thursday starting 24 Nov
Truffles and gastronomy Market in Rognespuce Truffles and gastronomy Market in Rognes
Truffles, foie gras, but also farm poultry, milk-fed veal, honey, sheep cheese and good products ... Entertainment provided by the pig Pépete the for demonstrations search of truffles.
December 18th
New olive oil Festival Aix en Provencepuce New olive oil Festival
in Aix en Provence

Tasting different flavors of olive oil and products made from olives of the Pays d'Aix table olives, tapenade, cookies and gibassiés. (Place Jeanne d'Arc)
December 10th-11th
Noël à Aix en Provencepuce Christmas in Aix en Provence
Santa Claus chalet and his elfes, parade light show, mime, unicycle, children make up, stories, music, street show, pine forest, merry-go-rounds ...
November 16th - January 22nd
Hivernales in La Gardepuce Les Hivernales in La Garde
The city center is transformed into a vast universe dedicated to Christmas and children : workshops, lanterns parade, meeting with Father Christmas, rides, Christmas market ... It's Christmas before Christmas.
November 25th - December 31th
Santas' Castle in Salon de Provencepuce Santa Claus castle
in Salon de Provence

The city dressed in lights, amazing festivities will take place in Chateau de L'Emperi : shows, music, dances, songs, stories ... artists & musicians are waiting to party with you, it's magic, it's Christmas.
November 26th - January 3rd
Christmas in Sanarypuce Christmas in Sanary
It's party, fairy lights everywhere, toys fair, creative workshops, magic show, musical comedy, Christmas stories, treasure hunts, children's ball and Dec 23 : arrival of Santa Claus, illuminated boat parade and fireworks.
December 2nd-31th
Christmas in Nicepuce Christmas in Nice
will be marked by a sense of wonder and festivities : Christmas village and about 60 craft chalets, a forest of 700 trees, a large ice rink, free entertainment throughout the city, oyster and champagne bar, merry-go-rounds...
December 3rd - January 1st
Christmas in Mentonpuce Christmas in Menton
The whole city will be plunged into the colors of christmas. A magical atmosphere then settled in the streets, which this year are adorned with fountains of light or luminous spheres, giant flowers, Christmas market ...etc magic and fairyhood with open sky.
December 3rd - January 1st
Christmas in Saint Tropezpuce Christmas in Saint Tropez
Christmas celebrations start with the illuminations, the opening of the rink, theater festival, the Disney Festival, chocolate fair, musical tale, concert, christsmas eve vigil...and the arrival of Santa Claus.
December 4th - January 3rd
Christmas Alagauda in La Gaudepuce Christmas Alagauda La Gaude
Several companies of public street show to share moments of wonders, funny, joyful, poetic ... Clown, gospel, songs, stories, Father Christmas, the pistou soup, the parades of lights ...
December 9th-11th
Christmas in Mouginspuce Christmas in Mougins
The village is transformed into a vast universe dedicated to children, toboggan run, merry-go-rounds, cooking and creative workshops, caleche, ponies, Santa Claus, Christmas market ... It's Christmas before Christmas and it's free
December 10th-11th
Insolite Christmas in Carpentraspuce Insolite Christmas in Carpentras
Nearly 150 dazzling and phantasmagoric shows are programmed with pyrotechnic parades, street theater, spectacular strolls and also rink, monumental crib ... and everything is free.
December 10th - 31th
Festival of light in Saint Raphaelpuce Festival of light in St Raphaël
Festival of light in the whole town, numerous shows and enchanting events. Open air ice-rink (500m2), parades light shows ... the festival is imposing and it is offered.
December 10th - January 2nd
The magic of the past for Christmas in La Colle sur Louppuce The magic of the past for Christmas in La Colle sur Loup
Christmas Market, shows, mulled wine, jazz band, parades, playground, pine maze, fishing gifts, Santa Claus, children theater, creative workshops, children snack ...
December 17th-23th
Funny Christmas in  Arlespuce Funny Christmas in Arles
Light show, circus, puppet show, acrobatics, songs, entertainment, games, fireworks. Professional companies will offer more than 50 shows for children and all the family... it's funny, beautiful and magical. (shows & parking free)
December 21th-24th
Clownpuce Christmas Village :
Toulon : 23 Nov - 31 Dec
St Maxime : 10 Dec- 2 Jan
Cannes : 25 Nov - 2 Jan
Martigues : 16 - 23 Dec
La Ciotat : 5 - 20 Dec
Monaco : 2 Dec - 2 Jan
Christmas Dippuce Brrrr...Christmas Dip
04 Dec : Cagnes (Ecole de Voile)
24 Dec : Monaco
18 Dec : La Seyne (Les Sablettes)
31 Dec : Ste Maxime (plage c-ville)
01 Jan : Toulon (anse des Pins)
Santons market in Aubagnepuce Santons & ceramics market in Aubagne
Traditional, naive, modern santons await you in this traditional market and give kick off Christmas celebrations.
November 19th - December 31th
International Biennale of Santon Art in Aubagnepuce International Biennale of Santon Art in Aubagne
Fifty santons artisans from the 4 corners of France, Spain and Italy will be there for 2 days. An event that takes place every 2 years.
December 3rd - 4th
Santonpuce Santons Fairs
Marseille: 16 Nov-31 Dec
Arles : 19 Nov-15 Jan
Aix en Provence : 18 Nov-31 Dec
Aubagne : 20 Nov-31 Dec
Salon de Provence : 3-18 Dec
La Ciotat : 3-18 Dec
Santonpuce Santons Fairs
Mouans Sartoux : 11 Nov-24 Dec
Toulon : 12 Nov-31 Dec
Valbonne : 15 Nov-24 Dec
Ollioules : 20 Nov-27 Dec
Carqueiranne : 26 Nov-18 Dec
Sollies Ville : 19-23 Dec
Living crib at Aubagnepuce Living crib at Aubagne
with the Dansaire de Garlaban : Almost 60 characters liven up the town, forming a dancing and singing crib. A real show that brings to life scenes from the "pastorale"
December 17th
Orsini cribs in Allauchpuce Orsini cribs in Allauch
800 animated santons in an area of 130 m2 combine modernity and tradition to display the history and costumes of Provence (Galerie du Vieux-Bassin)
November 19th - January 29th
Christmas cribspuce Christmas cribs :
Le Paradou : All year
Sollies Ville : 19 Nov - 1 Jan
Toulon : 25 Nov - 31 Dec
Sanary : 2 - 31 Dec
La Ciotat : 3-18 Dec
Luceram : 3 Dec- 8 Jan
Baudinard : 10 Dec - 1 Jan

Christmas in Les Baux de Provencepuce Christmas in Baux de Provence
with its usual traditions and customs is turning the spotlight on the animals round the Christmas crib and on farm animals. Giant photos exhibitions, amusing visitors' trail, Christmas Shepherds'Hut with sheep, ewes and lambs. Santons workshop.
December 17th - January 3rd
Christmas Marketspuce Christmas Markets
Marseille : 12 Nov - 31 Dec
Aix en Provence : 19 Nov-28 Dec
Salon de Provence : 26 Nov-24 Dec
Cassis : 2-11 Dec
Digne : 16-23 Dec
Martigues : 16-24 Dec
Miramas : 21-24 Dec

Christmas Marketspuce Christmas Markets:
Toulon : 22 Nov -31 Dec
Sisteron : 9-11 Dec
Sarrians : 9-11 Dec
Cagnes : 10-24 Dec
Valbonne : 13-24 Dec
La Seyne : 17-24 Dec
Gordes : 17-18 Dec

The Markets for the Gros Souper & the 13 dessertspuce The Markets for the Gros Souper & 13 desserts
All the products needed for the Gros Souper (traditional Provencal supper for the Christmas vigil) and the 13 desserts...
St Rémy : 16-18 Dec
Aix : 16-24 Dec (Allées Provençales)

Santons gros souperpuce The Gros Souper
An opportunity to discover the famous traditional meal served on Christmas Eve in Provence since the Middle Ages
Bedarrides : 16 Dec
Allauch : 17 Dec
Correns : 17 Dec
Aubagne : 18 Dec
Bellpuce Christmas Eve vigil
Tales and traditions of Christmas, the 13 desserts, dancing & music Provencal
Gordes : 9 Dec
La Ciotat : 16 Dec
Allauch : 17 Dec
Salernes : 21 Dec

Candlepuce Christmas Eve vigil
in Aix en Provence

Cabaret dinner on Christmas Provencal traditions with dances, songs, skits from the old life was Christmas customs of the crib, the big supper and 13 desserts
December 3rd
Bravade calendale in Aix en Provencepuce Bravade calendale in Aix
The Bravade celebrates the gift of Christmas pump (cake with olive oil) to the city authoritie. It is a great RV, with lots of shots blunderbusses, place de l'Hotel de Ville and Cours Mirabeau, a proliferation of actors in traditional Provencal, dancers, hawkers, flag throwers and musicians.
December 18th
Pastoralepuce Pastorale
Theatre performances in Provençal, with songs, telling the story of the Nativity
St Tropez : 18 Dec
Les Arcs : 18 Dec
Martigues : 8 Jan
Eyguieres : 10 Jan
Aix en Provence : 22 Jan
Allauch : 14, 15, 21 & 22 Jan
Midnight mass & Pastrage at Allauch Midnight mass & Pastrage
at Allauch

starting at 10 pm, the shepherds and sheep come down from the hill (offering the fruit of the earth and a new-born lamb) followed by the Mass in Provençal shown on a giant screen on the square in front of the church. Mass with pastrage also in Barbentane & in Fontvieille
December 24th
Provencal vigil & Pastrage ceremony Provencal vigil & Pastrage ceremony
Christmas Vespers, gros souper, Christmas Eve festivities, Mass in French and songs in Provençal, procession and offering of pastrage with the shepherds in Saint Michel de Frigolet in Tarascon and live nativity scene in Baux de Provence (11.30pm)
December 24th

New Year's Eve in Saint Raphaelpuce New Year's Eve in St Raphaël
From 3pm shows and parades of the most beautiful street theater groups. At 5pm Children's party with big parade of giant dolls and puppets, ball rock for kids, 7.30pm fireworks.
December 31th
New Year's Evepuce New Year's Eve :
St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco : Fireworks at 12 strokes of midnight from the port
Isola 2000 and Auron : Torchlight parade, fireworks, wine and hot chocolate offered Eve in most towns and villages, but you must make a reservation to take part.


Chagall exhibition in Baux de Provence Chagall, songes d’une nuit d’été in Baux de Provence
The monumental Carrieres de Lumieres host extraordinary multimedia shows which are unique : spectators are totally immersed in the image projected onto all the surfaces of the rock
Until January 8th, 2017
Knowledge and Power at the time of Ramses II exhibition in Arlespuce Knowledge and Power at the time of Ramses II in Arles
140 rare pieces of ancient Egypt, from prestigious museums including the Louvre that illuminate the fascinating personality Khaemwaset, son of the Pharaoh Ramses II.
Until January 22th, 2017

Exhibition "Café in" Marseille Mucempuce Exhibition "Café in" Mucem in Marseille
Over 300 works, photographs, objects, prints, drawings, rare books, correspondence, audiovisual archives and unpublished texts illustrate over 1000 m² the history of coffee in the world.
Until January 23th, 2017
Exhibition Un monde en miniatures in Marseillepuce Un monde en miniatures
in Marseille

A travel out of time in a tiny and immense world. Toys, elves, figurines, dolls, puppets, porcelains, little bear ... A whole universe of small and cute.
December 9th - February 4th, 2017
David Dellepiane exhibition in Marseillepuce David Dellepiane in Marseille
Complete and prolific artist, his life in Marseille, Paris and Genoa inspired this talented painter, poster artist, lithographer, portraitist, illustrator and designers both in genre scenes, group portraits, views of the port of Marseille and Provence countryside.
Until March 19th, 2017
Exhibition Bonnard en toute intimitépuce Bonnard en toute intimité in Le Cannet
A selection of nearly 60 works by Pierre Bonnard that shows the painter's sources of inspiration through the prism of the intimate. A 360 ° discovery of his house Le Bosquet
Until April 23th, 2017
Marilyn exhibition in Aix en Provencepuce Marilyn - I Wanna Be Loved By You in Aix en Provence
The very special relationship between the mythical image of Marilyn Monroe and photography and photographers reflected here by some sixty prints from private collections.
Until May 1st, 2017

Gallery of the Mediterranean in Marseille Mucempuce Gallery of the Mediterranean in Mucem in Marseille
Everyday objects mixed in with works of art, bearing witness to the practices and beliefs of the past and the present, from the Neolithic period to the contemporary works covering a 1,500 m² floor area.
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