Foire aux San­tons de Mar­seille

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In the run up to Christ­mas, for more than 200 years, peo­ple have flocked to Mar­seille for the an­nual Foire aux San­tons, which this year runs from 29 Novem­ber to 31 De­cem­ber in Place Charles de Gaulle. Their mis­sion is to buy the small, hand-carved or pot­tery fig­ures, the san­tons, which make up the tra­di­tional na­tiv­ity scene. Fairs like this are repli­cated across Provence with Mar­seille lay­ing claim to be­ing the old­est in the re­gion. The fair opens to the sound of tam­bourines and tra­di­tional folk mu­sic, fol­low­ing a mass in the Église Saint-Vin­cent-de-Paul in the city cen­tre. www.foire-aux-san­tons-de-mar­seille.fr

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