Paul and I travelled to Sarlat last Saturday for the Village de Noel. The weather was -2C with freezing fog but it was well worth the visit for the hot mulled wine alone!
Nearly fifty chalets set in the main car park of the medieval town; featuring the arts and crafts of the Perigord Noir. Everything from macaroons, gingerbread men, clothes, toys to Christmas decorations was on sale from the artisans that made them. Plus a large skating rink for the young and not so young to enjoy.
The Village De Noël opened on the 5th December to the 31st December.
The car park trees got the make over under the canopy of lights.
Macaroon stall, yum.
There are two taverns, one at the entrance to the village and one in the centre, selling the most delicious hot mulled wine, snacks or hot roast chestnuts.
It was interesting watching the various artisans at work.
For anyone traveling to France in December the one thing that you must see is a Christmas market they are pure delight. Our first visit to the Christmas market in Sarlat was in 2010 (the year that we signed for our property). Every street was lined with ‘real’ Christmas trees decorated with large red bows and glistening with lighting it was magical.
The Christmas village in Sarlat starts at the beginning of December for three weeks, consisting of forty two wooden chalets which are set around the medieval city and the car park. With stall after stall selling macaroons, chesses, nougats, clothes, toys, art and crafts, winter hats and gloves and my favorite mulled wine or beer to warm the shoppers on a cold day or night. There is also an ice rink, a toy library, circus performances, music and of course plenty of lights and Father Christmas. In short something for everyone.
The Christmas Village
This stall is selling candy to decorate the Christmas tree
candy Christmas decorations
All of the trees in the car park are decorated, truly a magical sight for the skaters below.
Under a canopy of light you can shop around for that extra special something.
canopy of light
I love this stall full of sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, handbags and belts.